Sphere

Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Levinson is terrific at claustrophobia. In fact, this doesn't resemble any of his previous films so much as it does his gripping TV series, "Homicide."
  2. While this is no quick-witted treat on a par with Mr. Levinson's ''Wag the Dog,'' it's a solid thriller with showy scientific overtones.
  3. The result is a run-of-the-mill fantasy, competently produced but disappointingly familiar, from its "Forbidden Planet" premise to the digital-clock countdown near the end.
  4. If the writing and direction carry Sphere most of the way, the actors manage to bring it home.
  5. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Kehr
    50
    A choppy, incoherent science-fiction thriller that does no credit to its expensive cast. [13 February 1998, p. 57]
  6. Keeps you hanging on until the very last moment, not because it's scary, but because you can't believe that's all there is to it.
  7. Don't trust the impression created by Sphere's intriguing trailers that it has much to do with the awe and terror of direct contact with an advanced alien intelligence.
  8. 40
    While the length and ridiculous finale are a drag, the only thing that stinks about Sphere is its pervasive boys-club snarkiness, especially since Stone is actually good. Levinson has always been a better director of men, but it would be nice if Attanasio could learn how to write a role for a woman that wasn't an embarrassment as well as an insult.
  9. The script is muddled and unsatisfying, as ponderous on its feet as its protagonists are in their heavy diving suits.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Justin
    Jul 25, 2006
    9
    Very well done. I read the book after watching the movie, and then I watched the movie again. The only reason I'm not giving this a 10 Very well done. I read the book after watching the movie, and then I watched the movie again. The only reason I'm not giving this a 10 is because the movie was not very accurate with the book. Other than that, it was good. Full Review »
  2. StewartC.
    Mar 11, 2006
    8
    at times the acting is poor but the rest of the time this is an intense thriller which is easily one of the cleverest and best sci-fi's.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    8
    Sphere is a heavily underrated science-fiction thriller. Unfortunately, it will always be known as that movie with the "horrible ending" andSphere is a heavily underrated science-fiction thriller. Unfortunately, it will always be known as that movie with the "horrible ending" and that's a shame because everything leading up to the ending shows quality writing, acting and film shooting the likes of which we're not seeing any more. Full Review »