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Terminator Salvation

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Drama

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Actors: Jane Alexander , Michael Ironside , Roland Kickinger , Common , Bryce Dallas Howard , Moon Bloodgood , Anton Yelchin , Sam Worthington , Christian Bale , Helena Bonham Carter
Directors: McG
Release: 2009-05-21
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  • Joe Neumaier

    A fast-moving, rock 'em-sock 'em movie that continues the man-vs.-machines series begun 25 years ago.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Devin Faraci

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    With its idea of an insurgency striking against an implacable evil empire, there's more than a little "Star Wars" in Terminator: Savlation, although not even at its "Empire Strikes Back" bleakest was Lucas' series this dark.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Patrick Parker

    Despite some laughably silly plot elements, McG has created an overall entertaining movie experience. It's a great kick-off to the summer explosion season.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A couple of scenes directly reference the Iraq war and the Holocaust (where the humans are herded into cattle cars), and this is taking things much too seriously. This is a big blow-'em-up franchise movie. It should not under any circumstances be confused with a Statement.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    It all contributes to making the story breathless and nerve-jangling.

    NPR Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It parades neither the egghead aspirations of "Star Trek" nor the thick-skulled pretensions of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but instead feels both comfortable with its limitations and justly proud of its accomplishments.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    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, the full-throttle kinetics of "Speed" and an old-fashioned regard for human (and humanoid) heroics.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The result is a movie that takes itself far more seriously than the "Hasta la vista, baby" tone of previous installments.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's basically a zombie movie with machines instead of the walking dead.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Grim, post-apocalyptic, special-effects extravaganza.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The way-too-familiar climax feels less like a comment on destiny than like watching a finely crafted but soulless product roll off an assembly line.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Bale even cedes the juiciest part to Aussie newcomer Sam Worthington, who is star material as a machine with a conscience. T4 is a mixed bag, but it's not f***ing amateur.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Yet what makes this movie is the digital effects. It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A dark-and-stormy sci-fi shoot-'em-up directed by McG, T4 has enough hardware and havoc to satisfy the crowd of action junkies and gamers who sped to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" on opening weekend. (Terminator Salvation is a couple of liquid metal drops' more satisfying, but only a couple.)

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    If you're a "Terminator" fan, though, "Salvation" is mostly worth it. 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It's a deafening, sometimes boring, occasionally startling and ultimately impressive war movie with a concern for what it is that makes us human.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the "Terminator" iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Most of the running time is occupied by action sequences, chase sequences, motorcycle sequences, plow-truck sequences, helicopter sequences, fighter-plane sequences, towering android sequences and fistfights. It gives you all the pleasure of a video game without the bother of having to play it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The most timid in the series. There's no invention in it, no sense of discovery. Only the impressively orchestrated action sequences feel fresh.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    With the exception of one breathtaking sequence in a helicopter, the action in Terminator Salvation is astonishingly dull.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The predictable story feels as if it were written by a computer program labeled "sequel."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    This fourth "Terminator" film is the ultimate heavy-metal parody. Better make that travesty, because there are next to no moments of comedy.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Granted, it's great action. Terrific special effects. Pulse-pounding pacing. But it's a case of diminishing returns. Salvation so keeps its characters at arm's length that after a while it really doesn't matter what happens to them.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Scott Mendelson

    It is occasionally a first-rate action spectacle, but it is only the spectacle that merits recommendation.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Among the many things junked in McG's chop-shop is the notion of pleasure.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    A good summer movie isn't just an uninterrupted crescendo of cacophony. You need stuff IN BETWEEN the fireballs and the cyborgs.

    Slate Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    With McG's migraine-inducing jerky-cam and monochromatic palette (livened only by splotches of rust), Terminator Salvation puts the numb in numskull.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    A confused, humorless grind.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Terrifically dull, full of ear-searing sound design and much yakkity-yakking about the fate of humanity but entirely lacking any sort of soul or sense of good old summer matinee fun.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Terminator Salvation has no brains and no soul; it's just a mass of stiff, creaking metal joints. Clearly, the machines have won. Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    When Christian Bale allowed himself to play Bruce Wayne in "Batman Begins," he was slumming - and to good effect. But with Terminator Salvation, this ostensibly serious actor takes up residence in the action ghetto, and it's not a good fit.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Simon Edwards

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Terminator Salvation is one of the most visually impressive films in the series. The action is non-stop and the look borders on dazzling.... But ironically for a series that's supposed to be about an embattled humanity struggling against those who lack it, there isn't an emotional moment in this.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Terminator Salvation is a tale told idiotically, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Not only does the largely disposable Terminator Salvation fail to advance the franchise's overarching rise-of-the-machines storyline (a better title: "Terminator Stagnation") but, worse, it never manages to distinguish itself from any other reasonably budgeted action film.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Terminator Salvation isn’t the gritty, futuristic blitzkrieg for which fans of the first two films have been salivating. It isn’t even the slick, entertaining Hollywood blockbuster most were realistically expecting. It is a shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    The sound is great, the explosions are great, the look and feel could have been turned into something special. It’s the words and plot that are huge negatives here. Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    What's lacking is the sense of emotional balance and urgency that the original Terminator, though just a B movie, was blessed with--the quality that earned it fans in the first place.

    Time Full Review
  • Sukhdev Sandhu

    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.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    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.

    The Guardian Full Review
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