Famous Names: James Cameron (Director, co-writer); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick (Cast).

Crunchy Goodness: 5


Spin-offs/Sequels/Copycats: The Cameron-less, too-little-too late Terminator 3 (2003) and the upcoming TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Bang for Your Buck: The silvery, featureless T-1000 striding sinuously out of a burning big rig before flowing back to the unscathed visage of Patrick's hunter-killer cop — the moment CG effects became an inescapable part of the Hollywood landscape.

Life Lesson: When a robot from the future shows up and says 'Come with me if you want to live,' believe him.


Roger Ebert's Review