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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sequel is basically one long, violent chase scene.

Movie R 2003 108 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

age 12+

A decent sequel, not as good but more kid-friendly than the others

I have only watched terminators 1,2 and 3, as I think the series is just getting milked and becoming boring. But Terminator 3 is still good. It hasn't got the 5 star rating the previous 2 have as it's just worse for some reason and I can't quite put my finger on it. Most CGI problems they've fixed, but some bits still don't look real. In terms of appropriateness, I think a 12-year old would be fine with it, it's a bit brutal at times, but there's a reason this is a 12 rated film (in the uk) unlike the 15 T2 got and the 18 for T1. Not as much swearing but it is still present.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (67 ):

The recipe is so familiar that this movie contains in-jokes and occasionally pokes fun at itself, building on themes and expectations from past Terminator movies. There are some humorous moments that would not have appeared in the earlier movies, such as the indignant motorist in the path of destruction who wants to complain about his dented fender or the scene where the muscular Schwarzenegger is mistaken for a male stripper.

The chase scenes in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines are a bit more clever and a lot more expensive. But their timing is perfect. The director establishes his credentials right from the start with a truck chase that's a carefully orchestrated hurricane of destruction. This is a wildly entertaining movie, but it has some significant flaws as well, most noticeably in the plot, which disappoints at important points in the story. However, plot flaws are not likely to discourage hard-core fans.

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