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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
6.93 /10
Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger , John Connor: Nick Stahl, Kate Brewster: Claire Danes
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Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Written by: John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian

Released: 2003
Origin: US
Length: 0

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A downhill rollercoaster of a movie that's consistently entertaining and explosive, at the same time T3 just isn't as emotionally connected or philosophically challenging as it predecessors.
(Tom Long, Detroit News)
This doesn't make a lot of sense, but who needs plot continuity when there's Claire Danes?
(Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy)
Big, tough Arnold, huge product placement, and no clever story. Yet the formula works.
(Victoria Alexander,
Terminator 3 does a reasonable job of generating suspense from time to time, but the emotional involvement does not reach nearly the same level as the previous films.
(Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner)
The first two films are classics. The third is just another carnival ride: fun perhaps, but ultimately disposable.
(Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium)
Director Jonathan Moscow and screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris pack the film with muscular action sequences, but the human factor provided by Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor is sorely missed.
(Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide'S Movie Guide)
Is Terminator 3 a skillful piece of work? Indeed. Will it entertain the Friday night action crowd? You bet. Does it tease and intrigue us like the earlier films did? Not really. Among recent sci-fi pictures, Hulk is in the tradition of science fiction that concerns ideas and personalities, and Terminator 3 is dumbed down for the multiplex hordes.
(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
Without Cameron, it feels far more simplistic than before - gone are the character subtext, breakthrough special effects and mind-bending time-travel plot twists. Instead we get a lot of rather hilarious throwaway comedy (at least Mostow doesn't take it too seriously) and some of the biggest, most explosive mayhem we've ever seen on screen. Stahl and Danes are fine actors who make their characters believable and sympathetic. Arnold sinks his teeth back into his best-ever role and shines in it, while Loken has a strong poker-faced presence (lucky for them that the first people they encounter are wearing cool-looking leather outfits they can steal - clothing strong enough to withstand all the brutal stuntwork with barely a scratch!). It's a pure adrenaline rush of a movie, efficiently filmed and edited, thoroughly entertaining and only barely hinting at the issues that gurgle under the surface - technology gone mad, reckless military might, family breakdowns. It seems much more interested in setting things up for T4. Fair enough.
(Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall)

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