Moria gives it 1 star and says, " One strains to think of even a single thing about it that does work." Roger Ebert says it "abandons its own tradition to provide wall-to-wall action in what is essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue" and "is dumbed down for the multiplex hordes." Variety likes it:
"T3" delivers the goods. A hard-hitting, straight-ahead sci-fi actioner
this long-awaited return of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most famous character serves up nothing more and, crucially, nothing less than it intends to.
Rolling Stone calls it "a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha." The New York Times says, "''Terminator 3'' is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious, and to leave the Great Ideas to bona fide public intellectuals like Keanu Reeves and the Hulk." It's got a 70% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.