No surprise here — Arnold’s highest-ranking movie according to Rotten Tomatoes (and pretty much everyone) is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The original version got an impressive 93% Tomatometer rating from critics and 94% from audiences, but like a fine wine, killer robots from the future only improve with age as the 2017 3D version got a perfect 100% Tomatometer rating 25 years later.
While it might be no shock that Arnold’s best movie on Rotten Tomatoes is Terminator 2, you may be surprised to discover it’s also writer-director James Cameron’s best, too. Yep, better than the winner of 11 Academy-Awards (including Best Picture) Titanic (89%), the game-changing Avatar (82%), and even the genre-defining Aliens (97%). Movie nerds can quibble about which truly is the best, but according to Rotten Tomatoes, the answer is unequivocal — Terminator 2 is tops.
We’re totally okay with that too. With its mile-a-minute pace, action-packed plot, stunning set pieces, groundbreaking CG effects, all-time memorable quotes (“Hasta la vista, baby”), and charismatic lead performances from Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2 is still thrilling, nearly 30 years after its release. Despite its deserved R rating, its $204 million gross made it the highest-grossing movie of 1991 by nearly $40 million dollars, proving quality still counts, even with summer action blockbusters. The phrase “they don’t make em like they used to” is cliche by now, but when it comes to T2, it’s 100% true.