Entertainment Weekly - 07/11/2003
"...That T3 fulfils its assignment so ably is a triumph of brain taking over where brawn can no longer prevail....[With] bright, heavy metal charm, unexpectedly lively and self-aware wit..."
Rolling Stone - 07/24/2003
"...Stan Winston's creature effects are first-rate....[Mostow] propels the narrative with the same zippy B-movie energy he brought to his smaller-scaled BREAKDOWN and U-571....T3 is good enough to warrant a T4..."
USA Today - 07/01/2003
"...Schwarzenegger still looks spectacular..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/02/2003
"...An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, T3 effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling..."
Variety - 06/30/2003
"...T3 delivers the goods. A hard-hitting, straight-ahead sci-fi actioner..."
Box Office - 09/01/2003
"...The stunning Loken's liquid-metal performance as the T-X easily holds its own against the franchise's baddies past, while Stahl and the always-engaging Claire Danes do respectable work..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 07/01/2003
"...Viewers will be pleased to find out that yet more dastardly shape-shifting awaits them in T3..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2004
"Arnie's most satisfying romp since 1994's TRUE LIES."
Wall Street Journal - 01/17/2013
"[I]t's an efficient entertainment at the very least."
Returning for a third bout of cyborg time travelling, Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his good-robot role from TERMINATOR 2, once again travelling back from the future to protect future human resistance leader John Connor (played this time around by Nick Stahl). We soon discover that Connor has become something of a drifter, his mother Sarah Connor has passed away, and he has taken to the road in order to preserve himself for his supposed destiny. When Connor breaks into a lab to score some painkillers, he unwittingly runs into his future belle Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), and a whole load of titanium-plated-trouble in the form of a hot female Terminator played by newcomer Kristanna Loken. Hell-bent on destroying Connor, Brewster, and anyone else that gets in her way, Loken's Terminator comes face to face with Schwarzenegger's Terminator leading to some epic battles between the two cyborgs, and a neat string of one-liners from Schwarzenegger.
Director Jonathan Mostow (U-571) clearly relishes upping the CGI ante for this explosive sequel, providing some no-holds-barred action sequences. Mostow also offers intriguing storylines continued from the previous two films, delighting fans of the franchise. In the chaotic final sequences Schwarzenegger warns "she'll be back," hinting that there's more Terminator frenzy to come in the not-too-distant future.