The review embargo on the Tim Miller directed and James Cameron-produced “Terminator: Dark Fate” broke last night and now with 50 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, the new entry stands at a mixed-good 65% positive score and a 5.87/10 average rating.
That’s a big step up from recent sequels like “Terminator Genisys” (27% & 4.74/10) and “Terminator Salvation (33% & 5.04/10), but actually falls behind “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (69% & 6.55/10). Reviews for this direct sequel to the first two iconic films hold high praise for Linda Hamilton and Mackenzie Davis’ performances, but the overall film seems to have a much more mixed reception
Here’s a sample of quotes from reviewers:
“The new movie earns its lavishly staged action (and its emotions, too) because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Even if Tim Miller isn’t quite as far along in terms of voice and maturity as Cameron was when he tackled Terminator and Aliens, Terminator: Dark Fate showcases his considerable skill even as it marks Cameron’s proper return to the world he created.” – Todd Gilchrist, Nerdist
“Even with the original stars returning, the sequel feels weightless, disposable and hardly the stuff of Skynet nightmares.” – Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
“Never feels like a nostalgia cash-in or a cut-and-paste job made by focus groups and committee. This story actually demands to be told, and it gets told with precision and skill.” – William Bibbiani, TheWrap
“By the time the movie’s ready to kill its latest-greatest villain, fans have gotten a fine lesson in the perils of sequel-making one-upmanship.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“Hamilton is hands down incredible as a grey-haired, muscle-hardened, gun-crazed alcoholic who’s seen the future and wants to shoot it in the face. However, she’s in a different film to everyone else.” – Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro (UK)
“This is another unsteady piece of franchise recycling, never really deciding whether it’s continuing the story of familiar icons or launching a new adventure.” – Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
“Terminator: Dark Fate” opens in cinemas everywhere next Friday.