Terminator Genisys (2015) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Terminator Genisys (2015) - Guardian Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) ©2015 Paramount Pictures

Terminator Genisys sounds great from the idea that it is based on the first two James Cameron movies and wraps itself around the plots with a time travel adjustment.

The reviewers whilst generally loving the nostalgia aspect and idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising the role found much to dislike from new actors to the playing with the audience in the time traveling CGI world.

Terminator Genisys (2015) - Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney
Terminator Genisys (2015) – Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) ©2015 Paramount Pictures

New York Times Terminator Genisys review by Manohla Dargis

[quote_box_center]Once again, there are special effects, muscles and explosions, boomity boom boom.

It’s too bad that Jason Clarke — who plays John Connor and gives the character a visceral intensity of both a war-front warrior and a revolutionary on fire — isn’t in more scenes.

It’s amusing to see identical Arnolds clash like titans, but nobody here seems to have fully grasped that they had another heavyweight in Mr Clarke.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 3 Stars, From our reading of the review

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LA Times Terminator Genisys review by Mark Olson

[quote_box_center]A messy Terminator Genisys shows why bigger is not always better.

In smashing together elements from the first two Terminator movies with Digital Age anxiety over connectivity and privacy, the new movie is kind of like a wedding DJ remixing period hits with a modern beat. Which is to say, Terminator Genisys is no fresh start — it’s a mess.

At one point Clarke explains why the protector Terminator she calls “Pops” has aged — the living tissue around his robot skeleton ages like a human — and the line feels like a studio note in the margins written into a screenplay, meant to answer a restless audience’s questions.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 1 star From our reading of the review

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The Guardian (UK) Terminator Genisys review by Henry Barnes

[quote_box_center]Terminator Genisys is part remake, part reboot, mostly failure.

The first hour of the film sees Taylor recreating Cameron’s original in a style similar to Gus van Sant’s shot-by-shot remake of Psycho. There’s the yellow dump truck, a lookalike of its cigar-chomping driver and naked CGI Arnold, crouched in the shallow blasted out by his time-travelling orb.

Genisys’s alternate universe yarn smacks of a particular desperation: the nuclear option in Hollywood’s War on Jeopardy.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 2 stars

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Entertainment Weekly Terminator Genisys review by Chris Nashawaty

[quote_box_center]Terminator Genisys is a bad time-travel movie.

The sight of Schwarzenegger reprising what is arguably his most iconic role packs a retro thrill.

There are thickets of exposition about “quantum fields”, “nexus points,” and a nefarious killer-app called Genisys, but it doesn’t add up.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: C- (2 Stars)

Terminator Genisys (2015) Series T-800 Robot
Terminator Genisys (2015) – Series T-800 Robot ©2015 Paramount Pictures

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