88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The effects in "T3" are spectacular, and the action sequences -- particularly the fights between the good and bad terminators -- are exhilarating.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With him (Schwarzenegger), we return to a franchise we never knew we missed, surprisingly grateful for the star's generosity -- and evident pleasure -- in strapping on the old sunglasses and blasting adversaries to hell.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This third installment is the loudest, dopiest, and least inventive of the three. But what the movie...lacks in intelligence it makes up for in sheer doom.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Against all odds this "Terminator" deserves to be welcomed back.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
May lack the mythic pow of the 1984 original and the visionary thrill of T2, but it's a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Lacks the wonder, surprises and supercool attitude Cameron achieved. "T3" is no weak sister, though. With Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the iconic title character and an often witty, fast-paced script by John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian, audiences worldwide will embrace the new film.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The brute force of Terminator 3 is relieved, I'm happy to say, by Claire Danes's winning performance as John Connor's reluctant accomplice (whom the production notes describe, not inaccurately, as an "unsuspecting veterinarian"); by many of the special effects, which don't seem obsolete at all, and, yes, by the sinister trix of the Terminatrix.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Terminator 3 moves at not-quite-breakneck speed, and the shape-shifting, metal-melting special effects aren't exactly spectacular.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has its moments, and Schwarzenegger is as buff and tough as ever. But there's a flat feeling about this effort that's unmistakable and inescapable.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Begins promisingly and entertains for a stretch because you think it's leading to something more than one of the movie year's flattest conclusions.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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