YMMV / Terminator Salvation

  • Contested Sequel:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Several critics, who even if they did not otherwise care for the film, commended Anton Yelchin's performance as young Kyle Reese for matching Michael Biehn's original portrayal without feeling like an overt imitation.
  • Faux Symbolism: Marcus is deliberately tied up in a cruficified position while receiving his lethal injection in the film's opening foreshadowing him as a sacrificial savior by the story's conclusion.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Considering who the star of The Dark Knight Saga is, and Schwarzenegger's role in Batman & Robin, this film is therefore the second time Arnie has tried to kill Batman.
    • The leaked alternate ending becomes this in spades in the wake of the massive plot twist of Terminator Genisys.
    • Might be unintentional, but Blair Williams is more or less the film's Ms. Fanservice. In real-life, there's an actual person whose name is Blair Williams, and she's a pornographic actress.
  • Internet Backdraft: The fan outcry over the leaked ending of T4 prompted the studio to completely change the movie's third act. It was originally going to have John Connor die, with the Resistance putting his skin on Marcus's frame so that humanity wouldn't lose hope due to the loss of him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: General Ashdown cements himself as an immovable object when he relieves John Connor of his command after the latter insists on saving Kyle Reese. To be fair, Connor knew that Reese was his father, and he didn't want to break it to Ashdown for fear of being totally disbelieved (given that Reese is actually younger than Connor and became his father thanks to a temporal paradox), but Ashdown, 404 as he may be, reacts rather callously to Connor's persistence. He even goes so far as to do it in front of his subordinates! To drive the point home, said subordinates stick with Connor anyway in solidarity, because they somehow have a hunch that Connor's further in the right than Ashdown.
  • Uncanny Valley: The T-800 at the end has a digital rendering of young Arnold Schwarzenegger's head. Justified, because the real Arnold has aged noticeably since 1984, just like everyone else, and the CG effect is actually pretty appropriate for a robot.
  • What An Idiot: Resistance HQ broadcasting the shutdown signal from its own location, rather than a buoy or an airplane.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Most people had this reaction towards Christian Bale's performance as John Connor. His infamous on-set rant didn't do him any favors either.