The whole movie is a bit of a machine.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Terminator Salvation feels both comfortable with its limitations and justly proud of its accomplishments.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
With much buzzing, beeping and whirring, the Terminator franchise comes to an absolute creative standstill, or even goes clankingly into reverse, with this fantastically dull fourth episode.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Terminator has been smothered in quasi-religious symbolism and primary-school philosophising.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
Few characters ever say more than a couple of sentences at a time, and when they do, it's often to assert the obvious.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The latest installment in the venerable sci-fi action franchise turns out to be a straight-up war film, grim and muscular and thundering and joyless. It's the color of cement, and it weighs as much, too.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The hardware is clanky, and runs on diesel.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Between this and Star Trek, popcorn-movie reboots have hit high gear.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The digital effects are mostly quite dazzling-not just the depictions of towering marauders...but a memorably scary sequence in which a little serpentine robot that's been taken captive thrashes furiously to save its nonlife.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
One could argue Connor's grim demeanor is precisely what a global disaster demands. But Bale's turn has a bass-note feel that is anti-charismatic.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
"Terminator Salvation" promised moviegoers a war between the human heart and the cold, cruel efficiency of machines. So why then is it so mechanical itself, so good at repetition, so preprogrammed and clunky?
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
This isn't storytelling, it's programming -- inorganic matter passing for life.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Terminator Salvation is a confused, humorless grind, with nobody, from the stars to the set designers, prepared to prick its self-importance.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
After scrutinizing the film, I offer you my summary of the story: Guy dies, finds himself resurrected, meets others, fights. That lasts for almost two hours.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The movie's only unmitigated pleasure is a too-brief fight scene between Connor and a naked combatant made up to look precisely like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the relentless cyborg of the first three installments.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Message to Hollywood: Stop with the time-travel stuff.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The Terminator franchise was built on thrills, imagination, narrative, emotion, believability, character development and watchability. Terminator Salvation has plenty of thrills.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It is a fast, gritty-yet-slick, bombastic modern action film filled with tortured souls. It's not exactly a gas -- how much post-apocalypse fun can be had? -- but it is often electrifying and always entertaining.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Director McG proves perfectly adept at blowing things up in interesting ways, but there's not so much acting here as there is yelling at different volumes.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
I cannot completely condemn a movie that has been very competently written, directed and acted, any more than I can blame Mr. Schwarzenegger for all the woes he has encountered while trying to govern California.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Darker, grimmer and more stylistically single-minded than its two relatively giddy predecessors, "Terminator Salvation" boasts the kind of singular vision that distinguished the James Cameron original.
John Anderson - Variety
It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's far from awful, but Salvation is close to joyless, something easily predicted when this redundant film was first announced.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
How could such a great idea go so horribly, horribly wrong?
Rob Salem - Toronto Star
It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Though competent in its B-movie way, Terminator Salvation lacks the humour, heart-tugging moments and visual pleasure that made the first two movies of the series modern pop masterpieces.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Terminator Salvation is so programmed, so impersonal, that it practically dares you to warm to its characters.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
A good summer movie isn't just an uninterrupted crescendo of cacophony. You need stuff in between the fireballs and the cyborgs.
Dana Stevens - Slate
This is everything a good summer movie should be and, while it does not dishonor the Cameron chapters of the saga, neither does it prove to be an indispensable adjunct to them.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The machines rise to the occasion. Too bad the dramatic element's just as robotic.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
There's not much here in the way of way of humanity, even with the strong feminine presence of actresses including Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Jane Alexander. It seems the machines have already won.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
McG knows how to slap an audience into awed submission. But at a certain point, you may feel so pummeled that you check out and begin pondering things like the time-travel question.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
T4 is a mixed bag, but it's not f------- amateur.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The machines are mindless, yes, but there are enough pyrotechnics and heavy artillery to feel like Armageddon squared. And when the story starts to crumble around Bale, Worthington is there to pick up the pieces.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Everything that made the Terminator films great is absent in this film. The violence, the terror, the basic fear is gone ... In this film, children defeat a terminator.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Once the screeching din has died down, you won't recall a single line of dialogue, note of music or plot point that wasn't punctuated with an explosion.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This franchise, like its villains, has become more machine than man.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Filmwell
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Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
That the film's overall basic point has already been conveyed by the closing lines of T2 some 18 years ago shows just how completely superfluous this cash grab is.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Bangs and clangs and has some impressive effects, but it seems to have forgotten one thing: These movies used to be giddy, rock 'em, sock 'em fun. This one is just plain grim.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Doesn't amount to a hill of screws.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
If sensation alone makes a movie work for you, then this one succeeds on those strengths every 15 seconds.
Dave White - Movies.com
Machines ultra-cool, humans not so cool in McG's noisy actioner.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Listen, come over to my place this weekend; we'll rewatch Terminator 1 and 2, we'll listen to 'You Could Be Mine' by Guns N Roses, we can even discuss Edward Furlong's 'career'. And let's just pretend Terminator Salvation never happened.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
McG demonstrates a complete inability to understand what made the Cameron Terminator films so good.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Salvation is a cold, blunt summer movie misfire, infatuated with mindless explosions like an infant with fecal matter...a lumbering, joyless detour into unappetizing Hollywood recycling.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com