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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 100

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    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    More elaborate than the original, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists (would you believe a kinder, gentler Terminator?) to produce on e hell of a wild ride, a Twilight of the Gods that takes no prisoners and leaves audiences desperate for mercy. [3 July 1991, Calendar, p.F-1]

  • 75

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Arnie is Arnie. He has all the cute lines ("No problemo," "Hasta la vista, baby''). And he does more with a squint than anyone since Popeye. [3 July 1991, Life, p.1D]

  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    A good summer movie, directed with great verve and imagination and filled with innovative, eye-popping effects. Cameron never relinquishes his grip on the audience, smoothly segueing from action sequence to action sequence and topping himself each time. [3 July 1991, Tempo, p.1]

  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The key element in any action picture, I think, is a good villain. Terminator 2 has one, along with an intriguing hero and fierce heroine, and a young boy who is played by Furlong with guts and energy.

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Pause for kids 14 & under

Tons of action, violence, and special effects.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent and features multiple scenes of post-apocalyptic imagery and strong language. However, the film does a surprisingly good job of addressing the issue of collateral damage, which is often glazed over in similar big action films. The point is made by multiple characters, most importantly the child protagonist John Connor, that the killing of bystanders must be avoided at all costs, even though the fate of the world may hang in the balance. In this way, while a definitive big science fiction action film, this movie has more of a conscience than many other films in its genre.

  • Families can talk about the development of such amoral killing machines as The Terminators? What would the ramifications of the existence of such machines be?

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    Violence: Fetishized slow-motion shootings and car chases.

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    Sex: Brief scene depicting a guard licking the face of a restrained mental patient.

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    Language: Very strong language.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable