Terminator Salvation Reviews

  • 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

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