Box art for Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

action & adventure


In the post-nuclear wasteland of 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) leads the human Resistance against an army of Terminators and their controlling artificial intelligence, Skynet.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    33%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5

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

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this installment of the Terminator series is the first to earn a PG-13 rating instead of an R, it's still extremely violent. There's not much actual blood, but there's plenty of broken flesh, bruises, and batterings. The film's tone is also quite intense, with constant attacks, life-or-death struggles, and scenes in which giant robots attack and abduct humans. While much of the violence is directed against robots, some of those robots are remarkably human-looking, which makes the gore and grim action a bit tougher to take than you might think. Characters also touch on heavy topics like morality, ethics, and redemption. There's a little bit of kissing, but hardly anything to worry about in the way of strong language, drinking, or smoking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what's makes this movie different from the other Terminator films -- why do you think this one is rated PG-13 when the others were R?
  • What's the impact of seeing violent images like the ones here?
  • Can human nature be replicated by a machine -- and, if so,would that machine be human?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: All the opportunities for spectacle, thrills, and momentum are tossed aside in favor of a whole bunch of none-too-intense yelling from Christian Bale and an endless retread of the old cyborg gambit: How human are they? And can they be trusted?

- Adam Lippe, Examiner.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Terminator Salvation is a confused, humorless grind, with nobody, from the stars to the set designers, prepared to prick its self-importance.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rotten: It's a fun time at the movies.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Was okay. . i didnt hate it like some but wasnt the great movie it could have been. This was the movie I think many original Terminator fans were wanting . . the battle in the future but it didnt live up to what we wanted.

- jmanard52, Friday, December 25, 2009

3 stars

Was okay. . i didnt hate it like some but wasnt the great movie it could have been. This was the movie I think many original Terminator fans were wanting . . the battle in the future but it didnt live up to what we wanted.

- jmanard52, Friday, December 25, 2009

3 stars

I'm not a BIG Terminator fan but I do like watching the movies anytime somebody comes out with a new 1.Terminator Salvation was way better then I though it was gonna be & I loved the action, special effects & storyline

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, November 10, 2010