Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Review Date: October 7, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 147 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tons of action, violence, and special effects.
  • Review Date: October 7, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 147 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Fetishized slow-motion shootings and car chases.

Sex

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

Language

Very strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Continuing the story of the first film, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY finds The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, sent back in time from the future again, but this time switching sides to become the protector of the human race's future hope, John Connor. Meanwhile, Connor's mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton), who tries to spread the knowledge of an apocalyptic future that she acquires in the first film, is deemed insane and confined to an institution. The action is almost nonstop with shopping mall shootouts, truck/motorcycle chases, and various other action set pieces saturating the film.

Is it any good?

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This is the film that made CGI effects seem palatable and as such, can be considered a promulgator of all subsequent big budget action effects movies. Its greatest technical achievement is the shape-shifting T1000 character who pursues John Connor and makes it necessary for The Terminator to act as protector. The film continually ratchets up the tension as the T1000 comes closer and closer to destroying young John, making TERMINATOR 2 a thoroughly exciting thrill ride.

While playing the character with the same steely stoicism as in the original, Arnold obviously relishes the chance to be the "good guy" in this one, and the script provides him with plenty of silly one-liners to provide the otherwise dark film some levity. Linda Hamilton turns in a frantic performance as a desperate mother locked away because everyone thinks she's insane.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 1991
DVD release date:October 29, 2001
Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Director:James Cameron
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:147 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybibliophile December 1, 2008
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Better than the first

Content: Sex - Nothing terrible. Maybe a few innuendos. Also, you see Terminator's bare backside, waist up, and all of his legs, getting extremely close to dangerous territory. Several women see him naked and whistle and stuff. Language: LOTS. Some very strong, which is expected in R. At least thirty swear words. Violence: Need I say anything? I highly recommend an edited version of this movie, such as ClearPlay DVD Player (clearplay.com)
Parent of a 10 year old Written byJustJulia09 May 4, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Depends on your 10yr old's maturity level

My 10 yr old daughter loved it. She's "gifted & talented" & wise beyond her years. It's up to each parent to decide if the movie is suitable for their own child. I always watch them 1st then make that decison. It was pretty loud w/ gunfire, yelling and chase scenes, but at least when the terminators got shot, it wasn't a lot of blood & guts. No sex, no bathroom humor and a few curse words.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bysowhat1111 May 28, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 
Best movie I've ever seen with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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