“The Most Confusing And Unsatisfying Sequel To The Critically Acclaimed Series. Cast- Perfect, Still Story- Not Enough To Entertain.”
“Good Sound And Picture. Bad Story, Characters, Etc.”
“Well Done In Concept, But Overall It Lacks The Grit Of The Previous Terminator Films.”
“Terminator Has Come Along Way And Now We See The Battle That Has Been Talked About For 2 Great Movies And 1 Really Bad Movie”
“[Director McG] Does A Pretty Good Job Creating The Atmosphere ... [t]he Landscape Is Impressively Bleak”
“Terminate This Film.....”
“There Was Something Missing,”
“This, This Is A Re-imagining, A Reboot Per Say, A Great Promising Film, Turned To Slush With A Script That Resembles Jelly, Which Way Is It Going, And A Cast That Reminds Me On The Surface Of My Desk.”
“"This, This Is A Re-imagining, A Reboot Per Say, A Great Promising Film, Turned To Slush With A Script That Resembles Jelly, Which Way Is It Going, And A Cast That Reminds Me On The Surface Of My Desk."”
“"Okay Now Fanboys Dont Beat Me And Gag Me And Throw Me Into A River Just Yet Listen To Me, I Dislike James Camerions Terminators Films, Also The Terible Third, But The Fourth, Giv' Me A Break, Who Let Wannabe DJ McG Take Over Come On"”
“No Salvation For The Series, But Still Entertaining.”
“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“An Okay Movie”
“The Movie Was...”
“An Enjoyable Film ”
“Robots Are Evil Big Wop.”
“So Good In Many Ways, And So Bad In The Awful Ways Its "Mc"-good!”
“Poor Addition To The Franchise … Huge Disappointment ”
“"great, If Your Looking For Action!"”
“Movie Is Great But Why Is Nobody Talkings About The Figures In The Windows At Skynet?”
“The Battle For Skynet Has Begun!”
“Stays True To Some Elements But Still Dosent Feel Like A Terminator Movie”
“Almost Knocked My Head”
“An Intense Movie Which Will Entertain Most People”
“A Little Tricky At First, But A Movie That Has A Good Sense Of Reality To It”
“Wow, McG Actually Did Something Right?! Holy Crap!”
“They’re Standing Down. They Won’t Mount An Attack Unless Connor Gives The Order!”
“The Fourth Installment Of The Terminator Series Leaps From It's Normal Game And Jumps Into A Whole New Level Of Awesome!”
“Great Action Scenes”
“I Didn't See The Third Terminator But From What I Heard...it Sucked. This Movie I Is Definately Worth Going To See. Christian Bale Was Great And Sam Worthington Was Even Better.”
“I Had A Lot Of Hope For This Movie.But I Was Severely Dissapointed.”
“So Much Hype... So Little Originality.”
“Lacks Plot, Character Development, And Sci Fi Elements However It Is An Entertaining Action Flick”
“If This Movie Was A Terminator, It Would Be An 800 Series. It's Good, But Not As Good As The T-1000. ”
“A Loud And Ridiculously Rambunctious Film, Filled With Nothing But Eye Candy And Pretty Pictures.”
“McG Manages To Salvage Something Impressive From The Depths Of Screenplay Hell. It's Not Perfect, But It's A Damn Good Movie That Should Give McG Some New Found Respect And Rocket Sam Worthington To Super Stardom.”
“It's Not T2, But It's Good!”
“"What Are You?!?!?!?!?!?"”
“Terminator On Steriods”
“"TERMINATOR" Franchise Saved By Sam Worthington”
“Good Movie But...”
“Terminator Salvation Is The Best Movie Of 2009.”
“If We Stay The Course We Are Dead! We Are All Dead!”
“Action Packed With Great Effects. T2 Is Still The Best!”
“A New Chapter In The Terminator Franchise Begins....”
“Waste Of Time, And Money!!!!!!!!”
“What Was The Point Of The Movie?”
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
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
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
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This franchise, like its villains, has become more machine than man.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Filmwell
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
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
An entertaining new entry into the Terminator saga (with the exception of either the biggest continuity error of the series or holding back critical information...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It could have all been a lot worse and with some imaginative new Terminators, a great score some thrilling action set-plays, critics slating the film will be proven harsh as box office results and public opinion soon come in.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Tras la fallida tercera cinta de la lucha entre hombres y maquinas, Terminator Salvation debia ser el capitulo que redimiera y reviviera la saga, sin embargo simplemente es una buena cinta de accion.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
...as fascinating as chewing styrofoam--with the occasional firecracker jammed in to make you chew faster.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Just quit trying to live up to [James] Cameron and move on, Hollywood...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
All the opportunities for spectacle, thrills, and momentum are tossed aside in favor of a whole bunch of none-too-intense yelling from Christian Bale and an endless retread of the old cyborg gambit: How human are they? And can they be trusted?
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
...without the continuing presence of Arnold and without any notable relationships, the movie is mostly noisy, blaring battles.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
An at times directionless plot and some one-dimensional characters (one actress is simply around to appear pregnant it seems), but loads of action and loud explosions. You weren't expecting more than that, were you?
James O'Ehley - fantastiqueZINE
As a lifelong fan of giant killer robots, it saddens me to say it. But sometimes giant killer robots aren't enough.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Though the set design, action sequences and special effects are very good to great, it's hard to think of Terminator Salvation as anything other than a wasted chance.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Solemn and ash-hued
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
If there's anything to be learned, it's that a) McG likes to blow stuff up, and b) Christian Bale, who plays resistance leader John Connor, likes to shout -- a lot.
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Terminator Salvation leaves me thinking it's a rock solid post-apocalyptic action picture that bends over backwards to make itself fit to a pre-existing mythology.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
The story is straightforward without being boring. The characters are fully realized.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
As with junk food, no matter how much you know it's bad for you, you can't help but enjoy it anyway.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Not only does it fail to advance the franchise's overarching storyline (a better title: Terminator Stagnation) but it never distinguishes itself from any other reasonably budgeted action film.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Terminator Salvation boasts impressive setpieces that provide eye-popping visual scale, but the story so badly lacks scope that the film feels small and, ultimately, inconsequential.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
L'artillerie deploye est, certes, imposante, mais se revele deficiente lorsque vient le temps de generer ne serait-ce qu'un tant soit peu de suspense ou de reflexion
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
No small tragedy, this is the first Terminator film without a heart.
Rob Humanick - House Next Door
The movie's tagline "The End Begins" could be prophetic for the theatrical series - it may or may not be back.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
This is the film Terminator fans have been desperate to see. There's a damn good film here.
Mickey McMonagle - Sunday Mail [UK]
As in the previous two movies, there is, along with the extreme violence and destruction, a lot of wit in the proceedings.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
For once I found myself hankering for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Evan Williams - The Australian
Falls mighty short against James Cameron's filmmaking proficiency and the sharp blade of fickle fanboy nostalgia
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
McG no es James Cameron, pero por suerte dejo atras Los Angeles de Charlie e hizo una pelicula de accion en serio.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The first half was spectacular but soon took on a dull tone. John Connor said, 'I'll be back.' I hope that doesn't mean a sequel.
Clay Cane - BET.com
It was a waste of effort before they even started shooting.
David Poland - Movie City News
No slouch, but despite director McG's laudable efforts, number four doesn't improve upon the first three.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
More machine than movie. Sleek, human-like but ultimately cold steel and unfeeling.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Is Salvation worse than Terminator 3? Well, T3 stank but at least it felt like a Terminator movie. This is more like The Matrix: Revolutions-effects-heavy background sketching and no relevance to the two brilliant originals.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
In this fourth Terminator movie, there isn't much to laugh about, even though the earlier films raised a few smiles.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
They have equipped Terminator Salvation with so little heart or personality that it would be no surprise to learn that computers had put it together.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
It was depressing. It made you feel foolish for ever being scared of Arnie or the melty dude from James Cameron's second film. It was stupefying.
Dean Essner - FHM [UK]
Terminator Salvation opens on death row and proceeds agonisingly to an execution by lethal injection.
Alex Blimes - GQ Magazine [UK]
This latest Terminator may well please the committed obsessive, but the rest of us are left feeling simultaneously beaten about the head and yet slightly underwhelmed.
Boyd Hilton - Heat Magazine
Unfortunately, whenever this film attempts to depict anything resembling the motivational keys of emotional storytelling -- love, revenge, anger -- it feels like McG is wishing he could be blowing stuff up.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
This supposedly credibility-restoring resurrection of the franchise feels more like a crucifixion.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
McG has sparked a moribund franchise back to life, giving fans the post-apocalyptic action they've been craving since they first saw a metal foot crush a human skull two decades ago.
Devin Faraci - Empire Magazine
It's easy to see why Bale was attracted to this role, but this often fascinating actor gives one of his least interesting performances.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Bigger explosions, more robots but far less fun or potent than James Cameron's modern classics. Action junkies might be back for future installments, but for more discerning fans it's hasta la vista. Baby.
Leigh Singer - Film4
Better than Terminator 3:Rise Of The Machines but that's not saying much. Adequate but disappointing.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
It's brainless, it's soulless, and it gave me a headache.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
If you can just savour the spectacle and not worry about the tangled plot then it is a more than acceptable summer blockbuster.
Caroline Jowett - Daily Express
Salvation is clearly aimed at a younger audience than its predecessors. The carnage is surprisingly bloodless, there's virtually no cussing and several scenes were clearly conceived with one eye on the PlayStation.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Terminator Salvation looks, sounds and tastes like a 2.50 fairground ride. There is nothing human about it. McG feeds you the sort of thrills that can be had on Clacton pier.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
It's exciting and propulsive, but without the required core of emotion. That might not have seemed too important to the Terminator films, but once it's gone, you really notice.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
The Terminator story recharges with a post-apocalyptic jolt of energy. Frantic and full of welcome ties to the past, it also ploughs new ground with purpose.
Simon Edwards - Total Film
Underscripted, under-energised, a triumph of formula over flair, it stomps on for two hours in a nightmare of self-important inconsequence.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Who cares what it means? Just make it loud. This is the way the series ends, not with a whimper but a bang. Except that it will probably go on, a shade of its former glory.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
This is a much more straightforward, all-gunsblazing sci-fi tale of downat-heel humanity at war with some rather nasty machines.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
The main difference between this and the earlier Terminator films is that it lacks a sense of danger.
Limara Salt - Little White Lies
It has enough pace and excitement to keep action fans switched on.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
A shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
It's a catastrophically bad movie whose aggressive dullness and dumbness can best be reproduced by picking up a brick and slamming it against one's forehead for two hours.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
The film is emotionally soupy and it insists too much on its own pyrotechnics. Christian Bale hasn't an ounce of comedy in him, which takes the whole thing some distance away from Arnie's ridiculousness.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
A pulse-pounding visual spectacle, given its bloodline this is the very least we expect. But when things aren't blowing up, T4 sags - and sags badly.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Watchable franchise entry that scrapes a pass on the strength of its terrific central set-piece and a couple of the performances, but it's poorly written, emotionally unengaging and a largely empty experience overall.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Bale's dark mood is infectious - this fourth Terminator is a grim stew of alpha-male theatrics down to the two-day-old coyote dish prepared by a post-apocalyptic answer to Gordon Ramsay.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The ingenious plotting of the first two Terminator films, and the skill and visceral energy with which James Cameron directed them, are a thing of the past.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
I think it is really the most boring performance from Christian Bale in a long time.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
McG's film doesn't match James Cameron's first two, but is better than the third Jonathan Mostow-directed instalment.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
Terminator Salvation is essentially a ripping sci-fi war movie that marries beautifully into the series' overarching story.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
Stylish but shallow, action-packed but without ever being exciting, Terminator Salvation is a movie that looked amazing as a trailer, but doesn't stand up as a 115 minute film.
Orlando Parfitt - IGN Movies UK
I will not apologize for giving this movie a strong Matinee with Snacks rating. I came out of it all pumped and gleeful and satisfied, and if anyone wants much more than that from a Terminator movie, well, it also has some freaking great sequences and ef
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Wright is a machine who thinks he's human and in that conundrum is the interesting story that the film essentially misses.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
First and foremost, 'Terminator: Salvation' is a war movie.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...plenty of people who will enjoy this kind of soulless, technically correct, mark-hitting moviemaking, but it's difficult for me to imagine why.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Bale is good--solid amid the ongoing storm--but don't expect much of him. This is Sam Worthington's movie, and he steals it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
weighed down with so much grit and gloom that there's no fun left
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Essentially everything here is macho-posturing eye candy.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
... a decent action film, far superior to the awful Terminator 3, but it isn't close to the quality provided by James Cameron's original or T2.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Please let this be the only Terminator film McG directs.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
No salvation to be had in this colossal waste of time.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Directed by McG (I used to think that was the Melbourne Cricket Ground), T4 is a post apocalyptic epic with a beating heart: indeed, Sam Worthington's beating heart, which plays such a crucial role in the story.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Crammed with massive action pieces, awesome visual effects and a dense plot that cleverly incorporates echoes from the previous films, director McG injects passion and energy into the film and it pays off. It also pays off for our own Sam Worthington, who
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
feels more like a stopgap than a return to the franchise's past form... relentlessly (and uninspiringly) efficient - like a sleek new model Terminator.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
You wonder why everyone isn't so eaten up with malaise that they don't just sit down and forget about the whole thing.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I'm fed up with this series. This is not the way to start [a new trilogy].
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's the script. It's the entire premise on which the film is built that's at fault and there's really nothing the movie's one-named director McG could have done to fix that.
Joshua Tyler - Giant Freakin Robot
It's a fun time at the movies.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
This is the worst big budget summer release I've seen in some time.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
A futile popcorn flick that fails to live up to the franchise standards. Dedicated Terminator fans continually crave to see humans and machines slug it out.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
Dark, noisy and unimaginative.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The script is lacking and the acting merely serviceable in 'Terminator Salvation.'
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Terminator Salvation may just provide one of the biggest surprises of the summer.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
The action sometimes conjures a thrill-ride's breathtaking quality or, in other words, Terminator Salvation's only hope of redemption with audiences.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Bale is a leader of the resistance fighters, who are mostly resistant to ugliness, facial blemishes, a few extra pounds, roomy flight suits, and old age.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
None of the ginormous action sequence carry any real weight because the filmmakers have made absolutely no effort to convince us to care about what's happening.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
a slam-bank, action packed, high tension film loaded with special effects; a good story (with) terrific action.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Endless rounds of boisterous battle scenes and eardrum annihilating explosions, until you couldn't care less which side wins. So if there's any real human passion rising to the surface amid the rubble, it's all about the guns, baby.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
At best, an over-stimulating concatenation of bells and whistles amounting to the cinematic equivalent of bubblegum.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The trouble with Terminator: Salvation ... [is that] there's a yawning void where its emotional center should be.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
High craft in the service of an oppressively dull story.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Even the terminators seem bored.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
An entertaining action film that increases in value the less you actually think about it, with a star-making who-the-heck-is-THAT? performance from Sam Worthington.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
The artistry is top notch, but they've lost track of why the original Terminators were cyborgs and not robots, as they are here.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
As you would expect, this is a sci-fi war movie of man against machine and there is plenty of action, but also some food for thought.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Didn't George Lucas' Star Wars prequels prove that not all complex sci-fi plots need to be completed?
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
McG is capable of making the trains run on time, but not much else. He has no vision, discernible style, wit or knows how to get much out of his actors.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
We finally get to see the full, destructive power of Skynet. And while it looks great, the story around it sure falls flat.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A steady camera in action sequences goes a long way.
Jeffrey Bloomer - Paste Magazine
[The movie] is a lot like the human-killing machines it depicts: ruthlessly efficient, action-oriented, thunderously brutal and loaded with high-tech firepower. It's also just as cold and emotionless,
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
This isn't a classic Terminator model, but as the fourth line in a brand that was created a quarter-century ago, it serves its purpose nicely.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
While the post-apocalyptic environment and the action sequences put together by director McG are effective, they lack a sense of fun.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
McG, a music video maven whose previous credits include the Charlie's Angels movies, directs the action passably well.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
No amount of explosions or shootouts can match the genuine, bite-your-nails suspense of a single life perpetually in danger from deadly cyborgs who will never stop coming until their objective is complete.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Everyone wanted to see the future, but I knew that would just be big robot fights. Cool maybe, but that's a war movie, not a character investment suspenseful action movie. So here, this is what you wanted. Happy now?
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Without a compelling drama, an ounce of humor, or even a character to sympathize with, Terminator Salvation may as well be the next Transformers.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Hats off to director McG and scriptwriting partners John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris for masterfully bringing to the screen a summer reboot delight that nicely sets up a fifth chapter as the global war rages on.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Director McG fuels Terminator Salvation with exceptional visual effects and sharp sound, but more shouting and explosions than a Super Bowl in Beirut.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
I wish Bale had lashed out against the writers rather than the cinematographer.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
the whole ordeal made me fantasize about building a time machine so I could send a cyborg into the past to terminate McG's mother before she could give birth to him
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Technically, this is a well-made movie, but that doesn't compensate for the predictability of the plotting, or the depressing lack of heart.
Ian Berriman - SFX Magazine
Intensity need not be the enemy of personality, but in Bale's work it too often has been.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
I doubt I'll see such exciting, clear action sequences for the rest of the summer, and it's a shame they had to be stuffed into such an ill-considered package.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Terminator Salvation: the least they could give us.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
... A lot of stuff blows up without any style or visual flair.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Terminator Salvation is a soulless sequel which could have been made by Skynet itself.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
TERMINATOR: SALVATION is a decent enough summer action flick but I can't help but feeling seriously let down.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Big, handsome, loud and dumb -- and it dishonors everything that preceded it.
Eugene Novikov - AMCtv.com
Great Terminator movies feature brains as well as entertainment value, brawn as well as fun, and James Cameron's innovations. Salvation has none of these things.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The problem with the Terminator franchise is that it's beginning to feel more and more like a cold, calculating Machine. Somewhere, it lost its humanity and became Dick Cheney's daydream.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
There are some impressive action scenes, most notably a lengthy chase scene involving a fuel-filled tanker trailer trying to outrun a flying hunter-killer drone over a canyon-spanning bridge.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
T-4 might be mistaken by some as a Transformers sequel.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
As the so-called war on terror and other events repeatedly demonstrate, the 'What makes us human?' question never loses relevance...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If this movie is any indication, this franchise needs a great deal of work to improve and salvage a series that the studio should have terminated after "Judgment Day.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The movie suffers from an inevitable tedium, which can best be summarized as: bang-bang-bang; pow, pow; fireball, fireball; ka-boom!
Kurt Loder - MTV
Not the best in the 'Terminator' series but still has enough action and excitement to keep you entertained
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
So how is the latest installment in the long-running Terminator franchise, you ask? Loud! ... You'll feel the entire time like you were trapped in a video game.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Filled with more explosions per minute than a Michael Bay movie, nearly all of them gratuitous and none of them exciting.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Often considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, Bale's performance is shockingly lifeless.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
A revved-up and conflicted sci-fi drama of unrelenting carnage trying desperately to peddle a message of heart.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Nice performance by Sam Worthington. However, the film whole heartedly invests in action, leaving the story and character elements a bit slim.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
An acceptable summer popcorn flick, but I want more from this franchise. With the depth of storytelling in the previous films, this is a disappointment.
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
With awful dialogue, a ridiculous plot, and mostly uninspired performances, the interesting human element has been drained from the franchise. The machines have won.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Relies too heavily on previous knowledge of the Terminator world, in those rare moments when storytelling is attempted.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A blockbuster that satisfies both the die-hard aficionado and the newcomer to the Terminator brand, with just the right mix of action and self-aware humor to overcome the film's emotional deficiencies.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Suffers from style over substance. Its impressive CGI effects and editing make it look and sound great while providing some fleeting, visceral thrills and adrenaline-pumping excitement, but in terms of imagination and surprises, it falls flat.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
It's starting to look like a good summer for action movies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There is a wellspring of potential in the franchise for the right filmmaker to generate a "Starship Troopers" kind of frisky movie that goes beyond the constraints of spectacle-generated entertainment toward sophisticated sci-fi satire. Until that time co
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's late in Terminator Salvation when Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-hyped non-appearance.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Viscerally intense and marginally entertaining while being narratively incomprehensible and simplistic.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Worthington is electrifying as Marcus a character who raises questions about what it means to be human but provides a definitive answer about what it means to be a star.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The title promises us salvation. It also hints at termination. Neither of which occur until we're released at film's end.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Terminator Salvation proves the machines-against-man-raging-against-the-machines franchise is still alive and kicking. Kicking A**, that is.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Like the human skulls crushed under sleek metal feet in those feverish sequences, the Terminator film series is finished.
Ryan Stewart - Slant Magazine
Somehow along the way everyone fooled themselves into thinking that Terminator Salvation was going to be a good movie and not a slapped together, franchise expanding piece of corporate film making. Jokes on us.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Contrary to popular belief, there is something far worse than a demonstrably bad film and that is a film with boundless but ultimately squandered potential. Terminator: Salvation is such a movie.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
At New York Comic Con, McG implored fans to stand behind this film as the Terminator love letter that it is, and by neither offending nor innovating, he's made a fun summer blockbuster, but not much more.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
proves there's plenty of life left in the Terminator franchise.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
It's one of the better action films of 2009 and, even without Arnold, this Terminator puts the series back on track.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Skynet may not have ensured its own future, yet. But their robots have clearly made serious inroads in our movies.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Missing is Cameron's signature action modification, best exploited in Aliens: the strapping female heroine. McG's testosterone-juiced world feels a little doomed without her.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
applies big-budget defibrillator paddles to the hulking franchise but can't breathe fresh life into the now 25-year-old concept.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Of the cast, Worthington -- as a man unexpectedly granted a chance at redemption -- gives the most deeply felt performance, but honestly, that's not saying much.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
While it's pretty sermonizing in its sci-fi sort of way, Salvation does pack a dazzling punch.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A string of action set-pieces with plenty of impressive razzle dazzle, but since none of it carries any weight, it's hard to care about what is unfolding.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
As long as McG keeps the action moving, the film remains on solid ground, matching and often surpassing the thoroughly adequate 2003 entry Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The emotional element takes a backseat to the special effects, but Terminator Salvation is pulpy and fun as a rousing summer diversion, and more than respectable for being the fourth part in a twenty-five-year-old series.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
shooting guns at things that aren't harmed by guns... following which there will be cheap philosophizing and the promise of another sequel.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
...it's hard to get too excited about yet another extension of the series' fairly joyless mythology, even if it qualifies as an otherwise well-executed and engaging summer blockbuster.
Todd Gilchrist - Sci Fi Wire
You should probably turn your "brain wattage" down in order to enjoy this silly science-fiction thriller.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
...sometimes feels like just another link in a chain to nowhere.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
Suffers from pedestrian dialogue and a surfeit of bad plot devices ranging from the merely too-convenient to the laugh-out-loud preposterous.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
... little more than big machine spectacle with a little lip service paid to humanity, identity and free will, which are not exactly themes so much as plot points.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
...if you go in hoping for another great Terminator film, you are going to be disappointed.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
McG's revival of the Terminator franchise is a solid actioner, but lacks the entertainment value of James Cameron's landmark originals.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Too bad Schwarzenegger is otherwise occupied these days.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Terminator Salvation is a tale told idiotically, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This time out, the studio has gone for stuntwork. Here's hoping that, once the inevitable follow-up hits screens, there'll be more vision and less violence.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Being a rabid fan that grew up on the franchise created by James Cameron, the idea of McG getting behind the camera for this sequel was slightly nauseating, and yet, by some miracle, the fourth film in the franchise is (barely) passable.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
As a place to start, Terminator: Salvation isn't half bad, and definitely a promising start to a revival of the franchise.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Terminator Salvation is all special effects and zero depth.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
There's a certain sad sci-fi irony when one considers that the first Terminator film to feature a robot with a human heart is also the first film in the series that feels like it has no soul.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The machines, as the movie keeps reminding us, must be stopped. Especially the machine that sucked the lifeblood out of this franchise.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
By the time it looks like Richard Dawson's Running Man crew created another stunt body double to get audiences all riled up, all the nostaglia has been sucked out thanks to a script unworthy of a direct-to-video sequel.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Skynet, Schmynet -- the future is here.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
This ambitious redefinition of a franchise is also loud, clumsy and, in the end, doesn't make much sense.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
[T]he hugest of the movie's many problems: [it's] sentimental... It's damn near close to character rape, what McG, Brancato, and Ferris force Christian Bale's Connor to do...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Despite some laughably silly plot elements, McG has created an overall entertaining movie experience.
Patrick Parker - Premiere Magazine
It's a far more compelling world than a narrative.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
McG's boyish sensationalism is inoffensive, justified by paying attention to how Wright preserves an unlikely human essence. Worthington is a find.
Armond White - New York Press
One of the coolest post-apocalyptic thrill-rides since the respective career peaks of Charlton Heston and Mel Gibson.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
In the end, the resistance discovers that machines have the same potentially deadly flaw as so many summer movies: Expository dialogue.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The humanity in this film is like something you get out of a package of ramen. It's full of freeze-dried speeches that basically say if humans make war like the machines, then the machines have won.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
A tough, strong movie, loaded with exciting action sequences ... Thing is, some muscular beings have brains, and Salvation isn't one of them.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Pow! Blast! Annhilate! The action-packed, bullet-riddled popcorn pictures have officially arrived.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
I'm sure it will be happy news in some circles when I say that director McG's addition to the franchise is a big, blasting, tush shaking video game of a movie. And, it will make a fortune.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Packed with action and brimming with outstanding performances, "Terminator Salvation" is a worthy companion to the first two films and a notch better than part three.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
The intensity is just superficial, though: In terms of story, Terminator Salvation is also the most timid in the series. There's no invention in it, no sense of discovery. Only the impressively orchestrated action sequences feel fresh.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Does pretty much what you'd expect but little more, and its sullen efficiency doesn't make up for its lack of imagination.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Who ever thought in 2003 that we'd look back on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines as the good old days?
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Lacking the wry humor of its predecessors and the inestimable presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film has more than its share of shortcomings. But if you're hopelessly invested in 'Terminator' mythology, you might just be inclined to forgive them.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
It's basically a cheap thrill. An expensive cheap thrill.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
I don't want to make Bale angry, but his weak supporting role isn't what we expected from iconic messiah John Connor.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The only reasons to see this structurally messy, poorly directed flick are the spectacular effects, which overwhelm the plot, and the charismatic performance of soon to be Hollywood star Aussie Sam Worthington who steals every scene he is in.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
In this doomsday scenario, my BS meter sounded off as often as a Geiger Counter in Salvation's high radiation environment.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Definitely a 'summer blockbuster' and has enough great moments in it to outweigh any groaners that it may also have. In fact, the good moments outweigh the bad about 20 to 1.
John Venable - Supercala.com
None of the actors has much to work with but Worthington and Yelchin manage to give their characters some appeal. Bale's Connor is too gruff and one-note to be of much interest.
John Hazelton - Screen International