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Terminator: Dark Fate

Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"[It is] designed to impress you with its scale and visual effects, but it’s also a film that returns, in good and gratifying ways, to the smartly packaged low-down genre-thriller classicism that gave the original 'Terminator' its kick"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"The best 'Terminator' sequel in over 20 years (...) [Miller] gives the visual-effects-encrusted combat scenes a nicely visceral intensity"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
"The iconic metal-man's getting rusty (...) [It] offers a series of action set pieces that go from big to huge to ludicrous, even as the script's additions to fear-the-future mythology underwhelm"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
William Bibbiani
The Wrap
"The film never feels like a nostalgia cash-in or a cut-and-paste job made by focus groups and committee. This story actually demands to be told, and it gets told with precision and skill"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jim Vejvoda
"It’s the best Terminator film since 'T2: Judgment Day' (...) [It] succeeds in serving as both a suitable closing chapter for the original two films and a possible gateway to exciting new chapters ahead."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"This painfully generic action movie proves that the 'Terminator' franchise is obsolete"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Haleigh Foutch
"The characters get their due, the action is top-tier, and the cast is aces. Miller understands the world he’s working in and embraces it fully"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"A perfectly serviceable action movie. Hamilton and Schwarzenegger are game, as is Davis (...) Miller stages some satisfyingly clangy set pieces"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"Just another bad sequel (...) Giving us happy memories of the first two films — some of the best of their genre — is what hurts this impostor the most (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 4)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Lowry
"The basic programming -- a near-unstoppable killer that won't deviate from its single-minded purpose until the job is done -- never goes out of style. 'Dark Fate' earns its favorable judgment by cleverly and effectively adding to that legacy"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Mendelson
"[It] is quite a bit better than the last two 'Terminator' sequels, but that’s partially because it follows a set-in-stone formula almost to a tee. It only springs to life in the middle section"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
"At least 'Terminator: Dark Fate' is bad in a funny way (...) This is another unsteady piece of franchise recycling, never really deciding whether it’s continuing the story of familiar icons or launching a new adventure"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
"Though 'Dark Fate' gets more engaging as it goes on (...) its sci-fi ideas mostly amount to a listless skimming of hot-button issues."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Singer
Screen Crush
"'Dark Fate's chases and fights sequences are mostly skillful and thrilling (...) To Miller’s credit, he also got these impressive performances out of Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, and Davis"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Helen O'Hara
"Easily the third-best Terminator film, which is more of a compliment than it sounds. It’s great to have Hamilton back in this role, but she’s ably matched by Reyes and Davis (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"The Terminator franchise has come clanking robotically into view once again with its sixth film – it absolutely will not stop – not merely repeating itself but somehow repeating the repetitions (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"The Rev-9 is a genuinely fearsome piece of creature design, the plot is pacy and streamlined (...) and the action scenes have a satisfying 20th-century crunch (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Nicholas Barber
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
"You could even say that it feels too much like a proper Terminator film, which is why it ends up seeming so pointless (...) It has nothing that hasn’t been done better in the other films (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"The new instalment is creaky and sometimes clumsy, and yet it ultimately succeeds by delivering sufficient thrills while also offering just enough emotional depth to keep viewers engaged"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"Although far from perfect, it’s proof that the future of the Terminator movies isn’t entirely apocalyptic(…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland F
Tara Brady
Irish Times
"Miller’s reimagining has plenty of commendable progressive ideas and well-choreographed fight scenes (...) It’s fine for two hours (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
"Plays to the franchise’s strengths - humour, great action scenes, and Arnie (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Paddy Kehoe
"It’s one of the most turgid, mind-numbing exercises in so-called cinematic craft that one could ever expect to witness and hear (…) Rating: ½ (out of 5)"  NEG
IrelandIreland M
Brian Lloyd
"While this is a fine effort and it's not without some interesting moments, it's not enough to be anything more than an unnecessary epilogue (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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