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  • Summary: Mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope liesMysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the end of all mankind. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    100
    Like "2001," "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park," it ups the special effects stakes and gets closer to putting on screen the images you've had in your mind while reading epic sci-fi.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax that, to its credit, isn't anti-climactic. [2 July 1996, p.D1]
  3. 80
    The aliens, meanwhile, are a fabulously nasty lot of slimy, tentacled, malevolent telepaths, but all their superior technology is no match for our red, white and blue ingenuity. Take that, space bullies!
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    The cutting-edge perfection of effects in Cameron and Spielberg films is replaced here by work that looks more homemade, particularly toward the end in some faintly cheesy composite shots.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 26, 2013
    50
    Emmerich succeeds only in making his previous venture, the marginal Stargate, look positively inspired by comparison.
  6. The action is fast, furious, and loaded with explosive effects, but the theme is a regrettable return to the us-against-them paranoia that dominated much science fiction in the cold-war era.
  7. 30
    An overgrown hybrid of disaster epic, can-do combat adventure and '50s sci-fi movie, this craft has visited our world many times before. And while she's a beaut, the sticker on her titanium bumper reads: "Been There, Done That, Beam Me Up, Scotty."

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    The effects are amazing and the film has an excellent cast. The movie is also very realistic. Roland Emmerich makes the best disaster films. IThe effects are amazing and the film has an excellent cast. The movie is also very realistic. Roland Emmerich makes the best disaster films. I just wish we saw more aliens. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2014
    9
    From the director who later gave us "Stargate" and then inspired Brad Wright to create one of the most famous and beloved series of all time:From the director who later gave us "Stargate" and then inspired Brad Wright to create one of the most famous and beloved series of all time: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, comes Independence day, which is an enormous entertaining sci-fi/action movie that truly is groovy, fun and exiting to watch.

    To be a movie from the 90s, the CGI are incredible well made and I'm still stunned by how well made it is. The plot of Independence day is incredible, and if I must say, I have never really liked Will Smith that much, but in this amazing film he's so awesome to see in action! The other actors like Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman was also stunning to watch, not to mention Brent Spiner, who every sci-fi fan must love. The story in Independence Day is spectacular, it's so wonderful and adventurous.

    Independence Day is one of the movies I would call a masterpiece, because it's so damn unique and entertaining, and I never felt bored at all when watching this incredible awesome movie! The amount of action is another thing that separates this movie with others, because it's really stunning to see so much entertaining and awesome action sequences. That, in combination with the awesome music that David Arnold composed which is stunning, just as his previous work on "Stargate", truly makes this film spectacular.

    Independence Day is a flawless movie that's massive, cool and gorgeous, and the ending was one of the greatest I've seen. I can't wait until 1 June 2016, when the continuation of Independence Day comes, Independence Day Forever Part I.

    Independence Day gets a 9/10
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  3. Mar 23, 2012
    8
    This movie, I definitely don't understand why people hate this movie. Not one bit! Even when Nostalgia Critic reviewed this, I still didn'tThis movie, I definitely don't understand why people hate this movie. Not one bit! Even when Nostalgia Critic reviewed this, I still didn't understand why he hates it. Most of the time it's either jokes, jokes, and...well, jokes. The jet fight and the attack of the White House was awesome, Will Smith was pretty cool, Jeff Goldblum was pretty funny as always since Jurassic Park, and I thought the part when the president goes in the fighter jet to fight the aliens very cool. People say it was stupid, well FTW! This was a very awesome movie, and should be taking more credit than how people treat it. Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2011
    7
    It was really good movie. Cool special effects and good cast. I love those alien invasion movies, they're interesting and cool and Will SmithIt was really good movie. Cool special effects and good cast. I love those alien invasion movies, they're interesting and cool and Will Smith just made it 20 times better. "Welcome to Earth." Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2011
    6
    Just because a movie is trying to be a 'popcorn flick' and not trying to be intelligent does NOT make it a good one. Will Smith crack potJust because a movie is trying to be a 'popcorn flick' and not trying to be intelligent does NOT make it a good one. Will Smith crack pot lines throughout this movie are annoying, America is the best country in the world theme is freaken retarded, the characters are shallow and uninteresting, the story is pretty lame, and there are far too many illogical plot developments for this movie to be good. Asides from a few minutes of special effects which are pretty memorable, Indepence Day is a weak movie with weak characters and a predictable story. Expand
  6. May 1, 2011
    5
    One of those "so bad its good" films, this 1996 alien bonanza has breathtaking alien effects, decent acting and some great one liners. WillOne of those "so bad its good" films, this 1996 alien bonanza has breathtaking alien effects, decent acting and some great one liners. Will Smith delivers his usual cool and **** performance, while Jeff Goldblum is great as a nerdy computer scientist who is the first to decipher the alien countdown to the attack. Bill Pullman has a small role as the US President, not too much to say other than good job. A lot of people have hated this movie over the years, calling it effects over plot, but what did they expect from the director of the other sci-fi epic Stargate. I like the movie as far as the effects. Expand
  7. JaredChristenson
    Oct 2, 2007
    0
    The special effects aren't bad, character use magnificent, story pretty superb, acting okay, but it is absolutely cheesy every second. The special effects aren't bad, character use magnificent, story pretty superb, acting okay, but it is absolutely cheesy every second. There is one really funny part and thats it, there are several smiles and giggles of entertainment, the action totally passes, the plot has so much and flies. But the lamest part of it all is that the German Shepherd survives a jump into a truck with fire flaming 1 centimetere away from him. And the president's wife goes in a Helicopter and the Helicopter blows up in an instant noticable explosion, and the girl lives lying on the ground with just a bleed and dust particles on her face. when she should have a dissinagrated head and organs melted. That was the main road of the story which is lame, and it really drags on near the end. I just found it boring and unsuccesful, overall not worth it. Expand

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