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MPAA Rated R for strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • In a scene in a mental institution, Sarah's breasts are highly visible beneath a very thin t-shirt.
  • In the mental institution, a corrupt security guard licks a Sarah's face when he thinks that she is asleep. This scene is awkward and uneasy to watch.
  • John Connor says Sarah Connor shacked up with a few guys
  • T-101 is shown nude very briefly, but only his chest, back, and his butt are shown.
  • Robert Patrick's characters butt and penis can be seen very briefly as he crouches down. His penis is only visible in all releases up to the Skynet Edition Blu-Ray Release. His penis was removed with CGI for the 3D theatrical release and the Blu-Ray 3D and 4K releases.
  • T-800 walks into a bar nude (no nudity shown). A couple of ladies look him up and down.

Violence & Gore

  • At the beginning, many soldiers are shot by machines. (not graphic)
  • There is a bar fight at the beginning. A man is burned on an oven but isn't harmed much, another is stabbed, and many bones are broken.
  • The T-1000 kills a police officer and takes his clothes and his car.
  • The T-800 and T-1000 shoot at each other in a hallway.
  • A truck explodes with a the T-1000 in it. But he melts into mercury and forms back into his human form.
  • A woman's arm transforms into a sword-like weapon and stabs a man through a milk carton and through his mouth. She pulls it out and blood spurts.
  • The T-1000 kills a dog and rips off it's collar, blood is seen on the collar (uncut version only).
  • An officer is stabbed in the eye by the T-1000.
  • A guard at a mental institute is hit on the face by a broom that was broken in half, blood spurts.
  • Sarah sneaks up on a man and a guard and repeatedly whacks the guard with a baton before breaking the man's arm with it and hitting him on the back of the knees, so he falls.
  • Sarah Connor puts a syringe in his neck that is filled with poison. She does not empty the poison into him though.
  • T-101 shoots an officer twice in his legs. Impact shots are seen and he screams in pain.
  • When a group of male nurses hold Sarah down and attempt to inject her, the Terminator grabs one man and throws him into a window, smashing it. He then picks up another and throws him through a glass door. A third man runs at him with his baton and tries to hit him but the Terminator hits him in the stomach with his rifle and throws him away - he hits a wall very hard and bounces off.
  • Sarah dreams about a nuclear attack and a large nuclear weapon detonates over a city. We see many children and their mothers burning and screaming. Sarah then catches on fire and screams horribly. Later, when the blast comes, the carbonized bodies of the women and children disintegrate and Sarah screams as her flesh is ripped off.
  • T-101 cuts the skin off his arm and rips it away to reveal his metal skeleton. Fairly bloody.
  • At Cyberdyne, Dyson is shot several times with blood spurts.
  • Sarah Connor is shot in the thigh.
  • T-1000 gets frozen by liquid nitrogen and shattered by a bullet.
  • T-1000 stabs Sarah Connor in the shoulder. She screams in pain.
  • You can see T-101's red eye, and the metal skeleton under his skin after the big fight scenes.


  • D***ebag is said once
  • Frequent uses of shit, about 12 uses of "fuck", "motherfucker", and "fucking" (not in sexual context)
  • "ass", "damn", "hell", "dick", "bitch", and "bastard" are also used.
  • "Dipshit" and "dickwad" are used

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man in a bar is smoking a cigar.
  • Sarah Connor is shown smoking a cigarette in a couple scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene in which the T-1000 morphs out of the floors and stabs a jovial security guard through the eye is graphic and upsetting. The security guard shakes in tremulous pain and dies as the T-1000 observes his movements in interest. This scene is the stuff of nightmares.
  • The ending is very sad and emotional.
  • Some intense (and often one-sided) fights.
  • The mouth-stabbing scene may frighten some.
  • Sarah dreams the world ends and a bomb comes down and blows up. Everything catches on fire. Sarah Connor catches on fire and screams in pain. The scene is longer and more emotional in home video releases. This includes Kyle (who dies in the first movie) appearing in Sarah's dream. He warns Sarah of the danger that John and humanity face.
  • Two guards force Sarah in a mental institute to take her meds by beating and shocking her.
  • A dog is killed, which may upset some animal lovers (uncut version only).
  • The terminators might be frightening to younger viewers.
  • At the end of the main titles (at the start) the terminator's face could be frightening to a few viewers.
  • T-101 cuts the skin off his arm and rips it away to show Dyson his metallic arm. Blood and flesh is on his metal arm.


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Violence & Gore

  • T-101 and T-1000 get in an intense fight. T-1000 terminates T-101. T-101 then re-programs himself and comes back.
  • T-101 terminates T-1000 by shooting him until he falls into hot lava

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene in which the !-101 sacrifices himself by being lowered into the molten steel is very emotionally sad and may disturb younger viewers.

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