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Things We Saw Today: Terminator: Dark Fate Appears to Be Dividing the Critics

Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate‘s critical fate seems all over the board.

With about forty reviews currently logged over at Rotten TomatoesTerminator: Dark Fate is at a 65% freshness rating—a percentage high enough to keep it fresh for now, but considering that’s about a D if this were a test score, not exactly award-winning. The new movie, which features several women in key roles, including the epic return of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, was directed by Deadpool‘s Tim Miller. It particularly piqued our interest when Miller stated that the movie would piss off sexist Internet trolls. But has it pissed off the critics also?

No one seems to be totally burning this movie to the ground, but some reviews bemoan that Dark Fate sticks to old, rusty formulas, while others counter that it feels fresh. (Consensus seems to be that this one is much, much better than 2015’s Terminator: Genisys—not exactly the hardest bar to clear, however.) And some critics loved it, especially approving of the ladies leading this thing.

Let’s take a look at some of those choice Rotten Tomatoes-featured reactions:

“The female-focused Terminator: Dark Fate is a bold step forward for the franchise and one of 2019’s best action movies,” writes’s Josh Wilding.

Praise for Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor is pretty much universal. “Grizzled Sarah Connor calls B.S. on each compounding plot contrivance and Linda Hamilton’s reactions are great. That doesn’t change the fact that she’s right though. A Terminator plot should be better than this,” says Peter Topel of Showbiz Cheat Sheet, tempering his review.

“Linda Hamilton makes Terminator: Dark Fate the best Terminator movie since T2,” agrees fellow Linda Hamilton fan Mike Ryan at Uproxx.

Lindsey Bahr for the Associated Press was not impressed with this or other Terminator sequels.
“Terminator: Dark Fate ” is just another bad “Terminator” movie in a string of bad “Terminator” movies (although better than ‘Genisys’).”

“Easily the third-best Terminator film, which is more of a compliment than it sounds,” says Empire Magazine‘s Helen O’Hara.

Clarice Loughrey, writing in The Independent, seems to summarize a good many of these reviews: “Perfectly fine. At times, it’s even quite good.”

You can get your fill of all of these assorted reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes. Right now, however, the reactions seem to range from impressed and psyched all down across a range to “meh”—but most people have some nice things to say about the movie. I’m ready to see it for Linda Hamilton in action alone.

Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters on November 1st, 2019.

What else, what else?

  • Google says has achieved “quantum supremacy,” meaning that its quantum computer solved a problem in seconds that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years to solve and oh my God Skynet is real and we need Linda Hamilton’s help. (via io9)
  • How homeopathy, “a big illusion,” went from fringe status to something mainstream. (via Vox)
  • Uhhh, is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker one hundred and fifty-five minutes long? (via CBR)
  • “A Guide to Asian Restaurants, by Ali Wong” (via Vulture)
  • A look at BoJack Horseman‘s upcoming final season. (via The Daily Dot)

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.