Terminator 2 is a state-of-the-art action movie, all right: It gets you thinking that the most reasonable thing might just have been to blow everyone away.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Cameron has made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense and greatly improves upon the first film's potent but rudimentary visual style.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Brutally beautiful, darkly comic sci-fi
Joe Brown - Washington Post
Nobody, I think, will complain that it doesn't have enough action.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As a fancy mechanism fueled by the pleasure of watching legions of people and equipment being summarily destroyed, this is pretty hot stuff.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Arnold Schwarzenegger is more comfortable and assured here than the first time around, reprising a role so perfectly suited to the voice and physique that have established him as a larger-than-life film persona.
Variety Staff - Variety
Few films have matched it within the science fiction genre for sheer white-knuckle exhilaration.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A humongous, visionary parable that intermittently enthralls and ultimately disappoints. T2 is half of a terrific movie -- the wrong half.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's Cameron's show; he's the reigning king of movie pow, with dark wit and a poet's eye for mayhem. T2 cost a reported $100 million, and you can actually see where the money went.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Set the standard for modern Hollywood's F/X-driven mega-productions and cemented James Cameron's dystopian vision as modern science-fiction's saga par excellence.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Emanuel Levy - Screendaily
With all the time-travel and cyborg collision going on, Cameron does a fine job believing in his logic. Even if the math doesn't always add up, it's easy to be swept up by this audacious movie.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Tons of action, violence, and special effects.
David Gurney - Common Sense Media
It's just not as good a film as The Terminator, despite soundly surpassing it in a few areas.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Pulls out the stops, setting the gold standard for expensive, explosive summer blockbusters.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Cameron directs with a huge amount of style and personality, effortlessly jumping from the $6.4 million original to the $88 million sequel.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...one of the most indelible examples of the contemporary action film...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
For all its state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and breathtaking thrills, this bruisingly exciting movie never loses sight of its humanity. That's its point, and its pride.
David Ansen - Newsweek
The special effects from this 1991 classic action flick still hold up in today's world. T2 is a timeless classic that will live on forever.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
This remains one of the greatest and most adored action movies of the 90s.
Dean Essner - Film4
A fireworks grand finale that never stops.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...a milestone in the evolution of action films and their now-omnipresent computer-generated imagery.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is an enjoyable, often exhilarating piece of filmmaking, with a wry sense of humor to boot.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's big and clever, and one could argue that even Skynet would appreciate its technical skill.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Structured as a simple chase, the story sags midway, but the first hour and last 30 minutes display an enjoyably relentless bravura.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Oh, it's well made. It's also overproduced and overlong and the ultimate in the effects-driven movie syndrome.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
At the end of both movies, I find myself overcome by an extraordinary swell of emotion.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Despite all the special effects and stunts, it is the character development and the nice way the three principal actors work together that makes the film effective.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Arnold Schwarznegger is still the ultimate leathers-wearing, Harley-riding, lever-action shotgun-toting bad-***
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
With more than half a dozen extremely cool action sequences, it's not a couple of so-so scenes that will make it any less of an unforgettable movie, and one of the best crafted Hollywood action flicks I've seen.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
As appealing as the film's visuals are, it's really the heart and soul of the characters that make T2 transcend the summer sequel dumping ground.
Ryan Cracknell - Apollo Guide
Less a sequel than a reimagining, an alternate and equally compelling take on the dark vision of the original.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The film contains every established action device: exploding buildings (when a car is no longer enough), apocalyptic threat (a perennial theme in Cameron's work), and a villain with no apparent vulnerability.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
They enhance the movie by introducing dangerous threats to the survival of the heroes, while retaining the all-important physical essence of the fear of the chase that made the first film so exciting.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
Like Mt. Rushmore, it is huge and a must-see, but one wonders if it really was such a good idea in the first place.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Arnold is pretty much at his best here, combining zombie-like creepiness with some human depths that are meticulously added in the right places.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is the well-executed, action-packed sequel to the earlier film of the same name.
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
It's an ambitious film that sometimes gets ahead of itself action-wise, but Cameron is a relentlessly good action-adventure auteur who manages to pull it off once again.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A true classic, though I still miss the grit and nuance of the original.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It lacks the dark originality and tight storyline of the first film, but has more action, destruction, excitement and carnage (and tears) than 20 other competing science fiction films.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Has more than enough story, action, thrills and eye-popping special effects to satisfy even the most numbed moviegoers.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is Hollywood high art: it has all the spectacular special effects and awesome stunts that only tinsel town infrastructure (i.e. big bucks) can produce and nobody else.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page