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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 11 out of 137

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  1. Nov 8, 2012
    3
    A hugely stupefying epic that's too long and has had too much effort put into it for so little effect.
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    4
    i remember seeing this when i was 18 at the theater and i loved it but it hasnt held up maybe because i got older and the cheesiness about it that was entertaining then has gottin smelly and moldy. it really is a movie about explosions and yes thoose explosions and special effects are great but the over all plot , charicters and diolouge are pretty lame . its basically a cheesy remake ofi remember seeing this when i was 18 at the theater and i loved it but it hasnt held up maybe because i got older and the cheesiness about it that was entertaining then has gottin smelly and moldy. it really is a movie about explosions and yes thoose explosions and special effects are great but the over all plot , charicters and diolouge are pretty lame . its basically a cheesy remake of the original war of the worlds .its not a classic like say Army of darkness that is very cheesy but holds up so well. Independence Day does not stand the test of time and should be left in the 90s and forgottin. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2011
    4
    I suppose if you can tolerate the annoying characters and swiss cheese sized plot holes, there is a sense of wonder in its own cheesy, B-movie right. It could be considered a guilty pleasure if nothing else, but no one could honestly call it good.
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 26, 2013
    50
    Emmerich succeeds only in making his previous venture, the marginal Stargate, look positively inspired by comparison.
  2. Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie. I am not among you.
  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!