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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Directed byJames Cameron
Produced byJames Cameron
Written byJames Cameron, William Wisher
StarringArnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick
Music byBrad Fiedel
CinematographyAdam Greenberg
Edited byConrad BuffMark GoldblattRichard A. Harris
Production companiesCarolco Pictures, Pacific Western Productions, Lightstorm Entertainment, Le Studio Canal+ S.A.
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release dateJuly 1, 1991 (Los Angeles), July 3, 1991 (United States)
Running time137 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$94–102 million
Box office$520.9 million

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also promoted as T2) is a 1991 American science fiction action film produced and directed by James Cameron, who co-wrote the script with William Wisher. The film stars Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonRobert Patrick, and Edward Furlong as its principal cast. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, as well as the second instalment in the Terminator franchiseTerminator 2 follows Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son John (Furlong) as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator: the liquid metalshapeshifting T-1000 (Patrick), sent back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. A second, less advanced Terminator (Schwarzenegger) is also sent back in time by the “Resistance” to protect John.

While talks of a follow-up to The Terminator arose following its release, its development was stalled due to technical limitations regarding computer-generated imagery, a vital aspect of the film, and legal issues with original producer Hemdale Film Corporation, who controlled half of the franchise rights. In 1990, Carolco Pictures acquired the rights from Hemdale and production immediately began, with Schwarzenegger, Hamilton, and Cameron returning. Principal photography began in October 1990 and lasted until March 1991. Its visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. At the time of its release, with a budget of $94–102 million, Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the most expensive film ever made.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released in the United States on July 3, 1991 by TriStar Pictures. It was a critical success upon its release, with praise going towards the performances of its cast, the action scenes, and its visual effects. Regarded as superior to the original film and one of the best sequels ever made, the film influenced popular culture, especially the use of visual effects in films. It grossed $520 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1991 and of Schwarzenegger’s career, as well as the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, until The Matrix Reloaded surpassed it in 2003. It received several accolades, including Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects EditingBest SoundBest Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

Other sequels followed, including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, Terminator Salvation in 2009 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. The 2019 Cameron-produced film Terminator: Dark Fate is an alternate sequel to Terminator 2 and disregards all other Terminator works as occurring in alternate timelines. In 2017, Terminator 2 was re-released in 3D 4K resolution for AMC and Cineplex theaters, and internationally, debuting at number one in the United Kingdom on its release weekend.

T2’s one-star reviews from IMDb from the last decade

Everything that is wrong with hollywood encapsulated in a movie.

Dreamfactory-534-814309 15 April 2020

The Terminator was brilliant. A slasher film featuring not a mask-wearing maniac, but a killing machine from the future. I still remember how shocked everyone was in 84 at the end when the metal skeleton stands up from the fire and resumes his pursuit of Sarah Connor! The movie was tight, well written, brilliant set up.

Fast forward 7 years and tons of millions of dollars in budget latter and you get this, a mess of a script covered by CGI that, while ground breaking in its day, now looks like terrible PS1 cut scenes. You know the film will suck as soon as Arnold arrives, repeats the same clothes stealing scene from the first one, but exits on riffs from “Bad to the bone”… cringe. Then, the unbearable kid is introduced and the real weakness of the script is exacerbated. While the original worked perfectly as a love story unfolding between the victim and her hero protector, under the constant looming shadow of the relentless killer in pursuit, this one waste time between uninteresting scenes with Sarah in a mental institution, idiotic “funny” scenes with her whinny sons, and scenes with Arnold who does little but stand still in a trance or shoot a gun here or there. There is at least one character too many. The mom and her kid together, or the kid and the machine together would have worked a lot better. I remember falling asleep the first time I rented the VHS in 92 or 93. Now on blu-ray, I just stopped it watched in in 3 sessions and found it tedious to finish. You can put as many explosions and special effects as you want, this is not even 1/10th as good as the first one.

7 out of 24 found this helpful.

Not worth watching

Jessejamescowboy 3 February 2019

Not only does it have worst acting I have seen a movie in a long time the Visual effects are so horrible nowadays, how could they want awards for editing what do you mean nominated when almost every window that gets broken brakes or explodes before anything gets near it This movie has the worst green screen visual effects how bad were all the other movies this year for this to win so many Oscars

5 out of 42 found this helpful.

Another annoying Hollyweird shoot ’em up

Leftistcritic 24 January 2019

Sometime ago I watched this movie to see what the hype was all about. Clearly it was overblown. This movie is a typical Hollywood shoot ’em up, nothing special. I would never ever watch this movie again or recommend it to anyone. If I could rate it lower than 1 star I would. Movies like this add no value.

There’s still something more to say about this film, however. Again, this film, like the first one in the series, in 1984, was directed by James Cameron. Not surprisingly, it received critical acclaim, making this review within the minority of those whom disliked this film. Perhaps what I dislike about this film is the grotesque, unrelenting violence by the protagonist, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Otherwise I don’t have much else to say about this film.

With that, this film clearly deserves a rating of 1 out of 10.

5 out of 33 found this helpful.


Mauromago 11 January 2019

What a steaming pile of dog manure Mindless boring noisy assault and battery of the senses all to tell a cliched story line No imagination just an endless barrage of action scenes meant to entertain mindless morons Judging by the reviews a lot of people fell for it So pathetic it kind of makes me lose faith in humanity Mindless trash !!!!

6 out of 43 found this helpful

A rather boring hi tech special effects fest

Nogodsnomasters-162-942892 25 November 2014

Warning: Spoilers

In the first Terminator the time portal machine was smashed as Reese related to Sarah Connor during a conversation, in effect canceling out the Terminator part 2. And could they of not of chosen a more suitable kid to be John Connor than the Dufus they chose? Not a movie to recommend to watch today as the effects are cheesy and story is very thick on narratives. Having to believe Sarah Connor went from a 21 year old wimpy powder puff waitress to a martial arts monster within several years whilst committed to an insane asylum really pushes the limit of believability.I believe the plot line of part 3 of killing all his lieutenants should of been the main quest line of part 1 and part 2 should of been the futuristic aftermath of the war.