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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

2003
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 49m
John Connor is now in his 20's, and a female terminator is after him. Another T-101 is sent back through time to protect John once again on the verge of the rise of the machines.
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

2003
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 49m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
42
5th
I felt nothing during this movie. I wasn't amused or thrilled or excited or scared. I wasn't annoyed or angry or frustrated, either... I just didn't care. The first big car chase was pretty good, and I liked the ending, but overall the movie did absolutely nothing for me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
51
30th
Some great action sequences (wrecking ball truck chase and bathroom terminator fight) that push the movie from mediocre to good. With that said the plot has sequel seeping from all orifices. The plot is nothing above average but the action gives it that little edge. Don't go expecting anything else and you should be entertained.
Rated 04 Nov 2011
60
62nd
I enjoyed Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. To call it the best in the series would be to lie, but to call it the most fun might not require you to stretch the truth. Granted, there's little real intellect to the story and the characters are just there, not developing or being fleshed-out, but the action scenes were better than ever and the jokes actually made me laugh quite a bit. It's a lot of fun if you don't compare it to the earlier Terminator films.
Rated 08 Jul 2015
65
31st
Having seen the trainwreck that is T:Genisys, I began to think maybe this isn't so horrible after all. A rewatch confirmed my suspicions--T3 is by far the superior film. It's not great, but it's not nearly as bad as that horrible first impression we all got when it hit the big screen. The action sequences make the movie; they are numerous, unique and suspenseful. It definitely could've done without the comic tone, but altogether it's an entertaining watch.
Rated 14 Feb 2007
7
68th
Gets a lot of hate but really it's a solid film. The car chase scene rivals anything in T1 and T2, yeah I said it. They literally destroy an entire street of buildings, cars, whatever. It's awesome. There wasn't a sense of hopelessness that you find in T2 though, Arnold is just too much of a badass for Kristanna Loken. But I appreciate her showing the ass, was nice.
Rated 23 Oct 2011
78
26th
Some improved visual effects and a really good ending save this from being disappointing. The story is no match for the first two films and that's why people hate this movie so much. It's not terrible, and I would say it's worth a watch if you saw the first two films. It's definitely not nearly up to par with the action and story-telling that made the originals so good though.
Rated 03 Jan 2009
80
86th
I don't understand why there's a general dislike towards this film. I found it to be a more than competent and very entertaining action flick. And, come on, that ending is pretty damn great.
Rated 04 Feb 2022
56
20th
The spectacle can't be denied, the car chase puts Fast and Furious movies to shame. But the story has nothing new to tell and simply recycles T2 again while failing to fix the one thing everyone agreed could be improved about that movie - the annoying John Connor character. And again I think it's the way he's written, doesn't matter if it's Nick Stahl or Edward Furlong or Hayden Christensen or Jake Lloyd playing him.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
53
27th
Very average. I like Nick Stahl (a lot), but the series really deserved to go out on a better note than this piece of shit.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
22nd
Terrible movie with awesome action scenes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
46
23rd
It's a two-hour car chase, and a sequel that didn't need to be made. Oh, and hey, growing boobs.
Rated 23 Jan 2007
57
25th
It's fun but i hate what they've done to the original concept. It just wasn't supossed to go this far.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
1
6th
What a pathetic excuse for a Terminator movie.
Rated 23 Dec 2016
50
20th
Rise of the machines / lower my expectations!
Rated 22 Sep 2020
68
24th
This film pales in comparison to the first 2 outings. Nick Stahl does not seem right for his role. The script has some good moments but there are many scenes that feel fresh. Overall this film is slightly disappointing.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
53
21st
Easily the worst of the three Terminators but it's not as bad as, say, Date Movie.
Rated 15 Oct 2007
72
32nd
No, it's nowhere near as good as the originals, both storywise and in technically. By comparing them to this you can really see the care Cameron put into the originals. Still, if you can get past that it's not a bad action film.
Rated 09 Apr 2007
63
35th
Jonathan Mostow takes Cameron out of every single frame and replaces him with a bunch of generic pow, a forgettable villain, too much humor, and a strong lack of storytelling. T1 and T2 were made so well, so dark, and meant something. This movie entertains with what it can, but it isn't in the same universe as the others. The ending somewhat redeems an otherwise ineffective sequel made for B-movie pleasures, and while it's not terrible by any means, it loses the story's impact and importance.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
64
45th
Three "I'll be backs" don't make a right.
Rated 21 May 2007
73
54th
Pretty entertaining third installment, but not nearly up to the heights of the first two. The installment itself at times feels tonally out of place, but has a fantastic ending and action set pieces that perfectly set up the next film.
Rated 26 May 2007
37
32nd
Simply nowhere nearly as interesting or involving as the first two. The action scenes and special effects are of good quality, but somehow it doesn't make up for the repetitive nature of the rest of the film.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
60
60th
While not as smart as the first two, it's still enjoyable. Nothing they could do was ever going to be as good as T2 anyway.
Rated 13 Dec 2008
80
80th
Not as good as the first two movies, but not bad either. I liked the movie, it went on in the style of the first two movies. The same kind of action, the same sort of humour. And though all the action scenes were superbly directed and filmed, I thought it was a "bit" exaggerated sometimes. But: I loved the first two movies, I loved this movie.
Rated 22 May 2009
52
31st
Wasn't as bad as I'd expected. I mean, the crux of the plot shits all over T2's core philosophy, but if you can look past that then the ending of this movie is absolutely perfect. The script has a few solid ideas (like the machines hitting up John's friends and allies before he even knows they exist) and dialog made almost entirely out of old Arnold one-liners. Stahl is the biggest surprise, as he really nails the role. The main flaw is in the music, which too often feels goofy and out-of-place.
Rated 21 Feb 2010
60
30th
Not really terrible just mediocre and forgettable
Rated 26 Sep 2007
2
33rd
Although it did a good job of dealing with some of the paradoxes created by the second film, this feels like a complete departure from what made the first two so great. I didn't care for it.
Rated 29 Oct 2016
58
35th
Despite an appropriately shocking ending, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine is mostly contempt to limp along familiar territory without adding anything of note for the majority of its running time.
Rated 31 May 2010
45
36th
With massive nuclear blasts in the opening shot, this one should have been easy to hammer home. Instead T3 runs itself head first into the inevitable wall of yet again trying to reinvent the terminator. It's not all bad, Loken did a pretty decent job, and Arnie is Arnie, but if you have this on DVD, you'll infinitely more entertained by Arnolds commentary, and one absolutely awesome deleted scene featuring Sgt. Candy!
Rated 08 Dec 2010
45
12th
If you ask me, this series should have ended with T2. This 3rd Terminator comes across as a cash in for Schwarzenegger and the producers and that is really it. The movie seemingly ignores the events of T2 and acts as though Sarah and co. never even saved the world in the first place. Well, the new terminator was pretty hot. Other than that the acting was terrible and the writing and plot are generic, the ending was forced as well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
46th
A semi-decent movie, but wrecks the Terminator formula somewhat.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
33rd
Starting to get old, this takes away from the franchise. If I was to ignore the first two films, I'd call it a decent action flick, but I feel I have no choice to dock marks as it isn't up to the standard of the previous two movies. It left me wanting.
Rated 09 Jun 2020
5
24th
The action is excellent (see the ridiculously destructive early car chase) and the humour is okay, but the whole thing starts to feel like a re-tread of the previous two installments, minus the beating heart passion and bad-assery provided by Hamilton's Sarah, who is sorely missed (John's voiceover musings don't have quite the same impact). The unexpectedly melancholic ending is poignant though and provides the sort of unique and provoking additional content needed for a franchise's third film.
Rated 06 Nov 2019
5
42nd
I look at this as the true sequel to T2 (yes, fuck Dark Fate and Genisys) this isn't great, but it's at least decent. You'll come up short for reasons to say it's on the level of the first two on its own. Especially since you run into recycled plot ideas, some affects that belong in the 90's, a sizable step down in a villain, and isn't quite as coherent as the first two. If you stop the comparisons though, there is a decent little action movie under this, even if it's hard to see.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
40th
Much better than it should have been.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
26th
Not long ago, I watched this movie again and was shocked to find it's not nearly as bad as I remember it. It's got some weak characterization for sure but Ah-nuld's entertaining like mad in this movie. He plays it up for laughs and for the most part, the movie works as a result. It's not a movie to take seriously but it's certainly not a bad movie either.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
26th
Arnold/Terminator - all you need to know.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
21st
The most interesting idea was also the least explored: The interent becoming skynet. With all the porn floating on the net, I think we wouldn't be nuked so much as drowned in blow up sex dolls
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
38th
Not that bad in retrospect. Funnier than I remember, as it is not afraid to make fun of itself. First chase scene is quite impressive. John Connor isn't nearly bad ass enough while Claire Danes gets to take over in that regard. Their relationship is missing vital pieces. I think it was written for a direct sequel which never came. T101 doesn't really act smart when protecting his assets.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
20th
Um, Ok, at least it's not AVP. This movie came out 5-7 years too late. No Linda Hamlton. No Edward Furlong. No future?!? WTF?!? Okay flick. Worth seeing, but no more ok. Next thing you know we'll have Freddy vs. Jason vs. Alien vs. Predator vs. Terminator vs. Rocky. Stop this now beore someone gets hurt.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
70th
In the context of the previous two (far superior) movies, I hate it, because it deep-sixed their self-contained, complete story and pulled a 180 on their theme - no fate but what we make, not "Judgment Day is inevitable," you assholes! That said, taken as its own thing, it's an entertaining, well-directed action movie. But in my heart, T1 and T2 is the complete and only story. This is an alternate universe what-if.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
54th
Goofy low-fi sequel, despite massive budget. Arnold remains game, and the mythos takes some interesting turns.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
51st
Simply an action flick, don't expect anything near the caliber of the first two.
Rated 17 Mar 2010
50
23rd
Very little to write home about in this one. The action is pretty standard with only a few pieces that stand out, the cgi is overused, and the script is just plain bad. You're better off watching the first two again than watching this as it doesn't deliver emotionally as much as the first two do.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
18th
This sequel was not needed.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
40
11th
Looks and feels like an unnecessary direct-to-video sequel.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
2
39th
It's not good and it's not awful. It just exists as a sort of zero sum.
Rated 07 Dec 2006
68
18th
a compulson movie of the terminator series. story is nica but poor acting
Rated 12 Dec 2006
65
19th
Real Stoned for it, and the close up of the robot in the beginning flipped me out.
Rated 29 Jul 2009
54
29th
Made almost worthwhile due to the insanely dark ending.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
1
18th
any movie with arnold gets an automatic 50 points...
Rated 21 Aug 2007
2
8th
crap
Rated 28 Aug 2007
9
62nd
Excellent, one of the few sequels that lives up to its predecessors.
Rated 17 Apr 2007
75
42nd
They like to say it was "highly anticipated," but this seemed unnecessary. Also, it seems to completely negate the central philosophy of T2 (that the future isn't set) (and whoa, I'm a bit surprised I just used "T2" and "central philosophy" in the same sentence). However, it is still good entertainment that I wouldn't mind watching again.
Rated 09 May 2008
62
35th
The action is good, but this terminator isn't nearly as threatening as the ones in the first two films. As a result it's just hard to care about what's going on.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
65
36th
Good story, less than noteworthy acting. Great effects as usual.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
64
32nd
Nah.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
80
47th
Not as groundbreaking as I or II but a very good action flick with fun robot combat
Rated 29 Apr 2011
65
21st
A passable yet disappointing sequel that's too derivative of the first two films and doesn't throw in enough new ideas.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
32
8th
Yawn !!!!
Rated 21 Sep 2008
60
12th
i liked .. quite glitzy
Rated 12 Oct 2007
70
11th
no as impressive as the first 2 parts
Rated 14 Jun 2008
68
72nd
good movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
36th
An awful excuse for a Terminator film, but as a scifi film alone, its very enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
11th
Hm, yeah, no thanks.
Rated 17 Jun 2012
65
6th
I did not really like this Terminator. I think it could have been done better and they should have picked a different John Connor.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
10
9th
Effects are better...acting is not.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
39th
I will like it and i think it's better then the first 2
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
11th
One long car chase, and a very poor one at that.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
84
62nd
I've never understood the bad rap this film gets. Sure, it never takes a good breather to get to the bleakness that its precursors had, and it almost feels like a sidestory. However, its action scenes, the heart of the movie, are more clever, grandiose, and achieved with incredible (believable) special effects. The car chase with the crane is nothing short of legendary.
Rated 21 Jul 2015
73
83rd
When I grew up, Terminator 2 was the coolest movie ever made. The franchise has a special place in my heart
Rated 31 Jan 2008
75
44th
Terminator is a classic. The ending left some open questions which is good.
Rated 11 Nov 2007
90
46th
it was good...arnold should go back to acting instead of governor!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
16th
Zero excitement but some half-decent over the top battles, not a one of which was as thrilling as anything in T2, or any other James Cameron film for that matter. If you can't do it right, don't do it at all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
54
20th
Wow, I can't believe im saying this, but Arnold, just be a Govenor
Rated 02 Jan 2018
27
7th
The lack of James Cameron could not be more apparent in this bore fest. The action is dull, the actors are dull and even Arnie isn't really giving it his all. Rise of the Machines has nothing you can't get better in T2. In fact every event in this movie seems to be a dumbed down version of the legendary second film. Stick with the first two, you'll thank me.
Rated 23 Oct 2016
55
11th
Too. slow.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
13th
Exactly what you would expect when you take James Cameron out of a series.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
45th
Since I don't worship at the alter that is T2 I never really had a problem with T3. I found the crane chase scene to be the best action sequence of the entire series, and the humor was pretty good too. [Rifftrax is a must as well.]
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
4th
Give it up, Ahnold.
Rated 16 Oct 2012
69
43rd
The corny humor is a huge letdown, as is everything about the T-X. But I'm still into the direction it takes vis a vis John Connor, Skynet, and the inevitability of humanity's destruction.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
75
53rd
Ohhh ASIMO, what did you do to human race? Now I found out I created a monster! Juh-n Kuh-nuh, please save us!!!
Rated 28 Jul 2008
83
44th
Not too bad.
Rated 27 Jan 2008
99
96th
wonderful
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
86th
I really enjoyed this movie and have since watched it about 5 times. Not as good as T2, but way better than the original. I didn't think they'd be able to pull off a female Terminator, but they did. An action masterpiece with a disturbing ending. I pray this isn't the last we've seen of this phenomenal series.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
67th
Not as good as it's precursors, but still pretty good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
48th
Terminator 3 is fine, and that's all there is to it. It doesn't live up to high-expectations, but I don't think anyone really had any for this outing. Pretty good!
Rated 28 Aug 2009
65
33rd
As of this writing, this is actually the only Terminator movie I've ever seen. I kinda don't give a shit about any of them. I saw this during the summer of 2003 when I was determined to see every movie in the theater where I worked. I liked the road aspect of this movie.
Rated 11 Jul 2024
45
20th
I was much excited to see this at the cinema in 2003, but it did not really deliver the goods apart from Arnie reprising the role of the Terminator and Kristanna Loken giving off serious Natasha Henstridge vibes (as Sil in 'Species').
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
35th
Silly, but classic. Old Good Arnold. Probably 2nd best after the firs one
Rated 30 Oct 2010
45
3rd
rewatched 6/6/12 (previous score: 60)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
53rd
Better than the 1st Terminator, but not as good as the 2nd.
Rated 17 Jan 2014
95
83rd
3rd of the 4 Terminator movies.. Great actions and terror by the devil machine.
Rated 24 Oct 2019
60
72nd
Ok movie...His enemy is a woman Terminator..Like the girl but story was weak in this one.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
85
66th
I appreciate how they didn't half-ass the ending. Looking forward to the 4th installment.
Rated 16 Sep 2014
28
16th
A big pile of nothing. The first movie was an incredible indie gem with an engaging story, the second was pretty much the epitome of Big Budget Blockbuster with incredible effects and impressively few plot holes for being a sequel to a time travel story. The high points of this one is when it turns into self parody, everything else is just nothing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
75th
In T3, Machines finally have learned that hawt womenfolk can destroy Man far quicker than titanium skeletons. Oh, and Arnold punches a car. A lot.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
30
12th
I've got some points to make about this film. Some good things... Kristanna Loken is fit. The action sequence with the giant truck that completely lays 80% of a city to waste, is so cool that I was almost annoyed. The ending makes it impossible for #4 to tell us the same story AGAIN. On the bad side? The rest, more or less. Nick Stahl is pathetic. Has to be yellow and groce to be good (Sin City). Arnolds part is now nothing but punchlines, endless and boring. Only watch this to get to #4.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
95
98th
Perfect action film. Do they get any better?
Rated 23 Jan 2010
84
46th
I thought it was better than many reviewers said it was.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
20th
It's all right, but Ahnuld is getting on up in years and I miss Eddie Furlong.

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