YMMV: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

  • Awesome Music: While the soundtrack as a whole is mostly generic action music, the incredibly bittersweet ''Radio'' may well put a lump in your throat.
  • Badass Decay: John Connor. Justified, though, by the fact that he'd spent ten years believing he'd escaped his destiny, and so had not prepared for it and was tranqued up for most of the film.
  • Contested Sequel: To the point that "Only The Creator Does It Right" was invoked. Despite that, it still got well-received enough for a Fresh in Rotten Tomatoes and over $400 million worldwide.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Well, when played by Kristanna Loken...
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's not at all uncommon for fans to claim that The Sarah Connor Chronicles is the true continuation of the previous film's story, and that this film (and Terminator Salvation) is the result of some space-time anomaly that transported the T-850 and T-X into an alternate dimension where Sarah Connor had a bridge dropped on her. Even though SCC also had her dying of cancer at the same time...
    • Some even go so far as to claim only the first two films as canon, and everything else after as either a different timeline or just a dream, with the alternate ending to T2 being the official "end" to the series.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: One of the reasons of being divisive is having many scenes and characters directly transplanted from the previous film.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Schwarzenegger initially refused to make Terminator 3 unless James Cameron directed it. In the end, $30 million (and reportedly Cameron himself) convinced him to make it anyway.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Silberman's brief cameo, his circumstances are pitiable and funny at the same time.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Nerdist fans will recognize Chris Hardwick as one of the Air Force engineers.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: A female Terminator. Since 2003, fans of the series have gotten so used to the idea that it's now a bit hard to appreciate how novel it was back when T3 first came out. Now, of course, the T-X is inevitably compared to "Cameron" of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who was much better received.
    • It doesn't help that the former was played by Kristanna Loken (who was largely unknown in 2003, and has had few major film credits since T3), while the latter was played by perennial fanboy favorite Summer Glau (who was already something of a sci-fi icon before 2008, thanks to her role as River Tam in Firefly).
  • Special Effects Failure: Pay close attention to the car chase scene and the scene where the TX is hit with the RPG. You can note clearly that they are CGI models.