Parents' Guide to

Terminator Genisys

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Good idea devolves into repetitive action, tons of violence.

Movie PG-13 2015 125 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Kid terminator

The terminator might not be a kid-friendly franchise but this movie definitely speaks to kids maybe about 13 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (46 ):

The fifth movie in the series does well by ignoring the third and fourth installments, but after starting with a good idea, it devolves into a rather typical, monotonous shoot-and-smash fest. Far too much screen time is spent watching terminators shot at, bashed, dropped, and blown up ... only to reform again, with the whole cycle starting over. This might be fine if we hadn't seen it all before in the earlier films. And then everything comes down to a ticking counter, signaling the end of the world, that must be stopped.

Though Sarah Connor is a strong, resourceful woman, and all of the characters are appealing in a surface way (partly because of their familiarity from the earlier movies), they have little emotional draw other than the "business" they engage in between action scenes. Director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) keeps things looking good, but ultimately Terminator Genisys feels more like a business transaction than it does an attempt to tell a solid story.

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