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Parents' Guide to

Terminator Salvation

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

First PG-13 Terminator is loud, explosive, and dark.

Movie PG-13 2009 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 16+

Love Terminator

I love all Terminator Movies, I grew up on them. kept me going so far!
age 10+


This movie literally has no plot! The only thing which wasn't terrible and unnecessary was christian bale as john conner, who still wasn't even that good. The only reason this movie was made, was to continue the 3rd story, but it ended up just being a whole new story which no one cares about since there's zero time travel and it's not even about john conner or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's literally just 2 hours of mindless violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (79 ):

This movie is full of pretzel-logic time-travel philosophy and an over-the-top production jammed with effects and action. It feels less like an addition to the Terminator franchise than an ambling, throat-clearing side-track. Promised the ultimate war between humanity and machines, we instead get more of the same plot threads the franchise has already served up three times: the dangers of a fractured time-space continuum and the possibility that a robot designed to kill humans might come to know and feel for them.

Director McG has a firm hand on the big, blow-'em-up action set pieces, but the film founders in the spaces in between. Bale's Connor is a loud bore, even while Worthington infuses his thin role with a stiff shot of star power and rugged charisma. Terminator Salvation promises the last word in the franchise, but it's just a tale full of sound and fury and special effects, signifying nothing.

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