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  • Summary: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: David Hunter
    Jun 26, 2013
    70
    Stargate is a blast from the past in many ways, but it imaginatively employs the latest special effects technology to give audiences new thrills. [24 Oct 1994]
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 26, 2013
    63
    The movie devolves into a kind of high-tech Flash Gordon, with Ra as a cross- dressed Ming and Russell and Spader as the heroes required to chase big lugs with ray-guns around the inside of a pyramid. Things get pretty brainless before it's over, although Russell does get to deliver a great send-off line. [28 Oct 1994, p.5]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    Jun 26, 2013
    50
    Roland Emmerich hasn't bettered us as a culture with Stargate, but he hasn't corrupted us, either.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 26, 2013
    50
    The film has flashes of psychedelic visual energy, but its story is limp.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    Jun 26, 2013
    50
    The special effects turn out to be not very special and not very effective, and the movie never achieves the lunatic grandeur of the truly demented. Stargate is strictly for the peanut gallery.
  6. Reviewed by: David Baron
    Jun 26, 2013
    40
    While this plot sketch suggests some elements that make Stargate intriguing, however, the movie ultimately fails to deliver on its promise of an intelligent story. [4 Nov 1994, p.L27]
  7. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    Jun 26, 2013
    20
    What this juvenile adventure has in spades is special effects and picturesque locations. What it lacks is an emotional link to make the Saturday afternoon he-man posturing palatable, or at least bearable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    10
    "Stargate" is just how I had envisioned it- a fun, thrilling space adventure 3,000 years in the making. And being a sci-fi fan, it wasn't too hard to enjoy this movie. Expand

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