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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 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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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: David Ansen
    The dialogue is tacky, the characters stock and the special effects no improvement on anything George Lucas did 20 years ago.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jun 26, 2013
    Emmerich succeeds only in making his previous venture, the marginal Stargate, look positively inspired by comparison.
  6. 50
    With its hackneyed plot, feeble attempts at characterization, and predictable finale, the second half of Independence Day becomes an extremely dull and lifeless affair.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    The 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. JamesH.
    Dec 27, 2007
    This movie has a permanent spot in my top-five movies list. Five-star special effects, great acting, good plot, and everyone gets a few great lines. The President's speech just before the final battle is unforgettable. Easily earns a place in any sci fi or action movie lover's library. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    A great sci-fi classic is Independence Day, an alien invasion film which works on many levels. It's humorous in places, and has good, dramatic acting all tied together with good effects and a tense score. Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2011
    It 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. Apr 3, 2012
    There was some very well executed action scenes, but most of the story was monotonous. A good alien movie with some funny lines and visual effects. At least this alien movie attempted at a real plot. Expand
  6. GabrielU.
    May 21, 2010
    Despite of total stupidity of this film as scenario, characters, etc, i actually... Don't regret time i had sacrifaced to watch it. Just an avarge, dull, quite epic and almost s-f movie. Expand
  7. JaredChristenson
    Oct 2, 2007
    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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