TheCloser79’s review published on Letterboxd:
There are many good sequels - T2 is one of the best. There are a lot of great action films in the 90s - T2 tops them all. There are many bombastic works in James Cameron's filmography - T2 is almost at the top. "Terminator 2" is just the icing on the action genre and is on par with its legendary predecessor, if different. Bigger, louder, faster, stronger, more spectacular. Certainly also brighter, more streamlined and more suitable for the masses. But I don't care much. Although I would prefer the original because of its straighter horror attitude. But that's very subjective and changes weekly.
In this genre, "T2" still bears the crown, although e.g. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is in the near. But the Miller vehicle must first prove whether it resists the ravages of time as steely as this unique blockbuster, which at the time pushed boundaries and ideas, shaped childhoods and brought in mountains of money. With "The Raid", "Enter the Dragon" and "Die Hard", the holy grail among film fans who prefer explosions, hard fights and brute action.
With the exception of horror and romance, "T2" places two numbers on top of its predecessor. The action sequences are genre defining and still stunning, fun and hard enough. Now putting Arnie's T-800 on the good side is a stroke of genius and Robert Patrick as his opponent is still one of the deadliest and most effective villains in film history. In addition, the iconic soundtrack was pimped, so that it alone gave me goosebumps at regular intervals.
One of the strongest female heroes? Check. An emotional core and a nice connection between John and Arnie? Check. A child actor who is not annoying? Check. "Terminator 2" is a modern classic that you are never wrong with and that you can watch again and again. It is not without reason that film fans like us now have dozens of versions in the home theater collection. Entertainment doesn't get better, has never been better.
One of the 5 pillars of film history, Arnie at his zenith and perhaps James Cameron's best film alongside "Aliens" - "T2: Judgment Day" is a superlative and mega-blockbuster in all categories that leaves nothing to be desired. The worthy and only conclusion to the Terminator saga - at least in my head. And where else do even hard-boiled action fans regularly cry (at least) a tear at the end?