Metascore
19

Overwhelming dislike - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 14 out of 17
  1. 25
    "Deep Rising" was one of the worst movies of 1998. Virus is easily worse.
  2. Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties -- their diagnosis seemed dead-on.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    30
    The plot itself is a disappointingly gory concatenation of two recently forgettable sci-fi thrillers; "Hardware" and "Event Horizon."
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    42
    The pathogenic agent to fear, however, is the one that evidently turned every line of dialogue into inane gibberish.
  5. An unpretentious, amusing thrill-a-minute sci-fi horror thriller / monster movie that plugs right into fears of a Y2K crisis.
  6. As long on adrenaline and special effects as it is short on genuine novelty and intellectual content.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    30
    Curtis and Pacula are thoroughly convincing in thinly written roles.
  8. 0
    This suspense-free, originality-deprived mess will likely be a major contender for the title of 1999's worst film.
  9. Some movies are a joy. Some are a chore. And some are sheer torture. A good example of the latter is Virus. [17 January 1999, Metro Chicago, p.8]
  10. No one is likely to claim it's a great, or even good, movie, but it does offer some guilty pleasures.
  11. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    25
    The movie was postponed from 1998 and shielded from critics. (They were ot allowed to see the movie before the opening, usually a bid sign.) [15 January 1999, Life, p.8E]
  12. 25
    95 minutes of unrelieved tedium.
  13. 50
    The script, based on a Dark Horse comic-book series, is hugely predictable, but the robot effects by veteran Phil Tippett are nastily entertaining.
  14. Reviewed by: Nicole Campos
    30
    FX whiz John Bruno (Terminator 2, True Lies) makes a dubious directorial debut here, juggling monsters that are icky but not scary; an out-of-control Donald Sutherland as the tug’s Ahabesque captain.
  15. Everything in it is a cliche including the end.
  16. 20
    Until the diverting special effects take center stage, this story, about an alien intelligence that builds an army out of flesh and metal, pathetically exploits genre conventions without generating self-reference, camp, or thrills.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. KeeganX
    Feb 26, 2009
    0
    While it has a horror aspect that could have been interesting, it's boring and just not fun to watch. If you are considering watching While it has a horror aspect that could have been interesting, it's boring and just not fun to watch. If you are considering watching this movie, don't. Full Review »
  2. DennisJ.
    May 24, 2008
    4
    Gad, what movie did you other raters watch? Special effects were good but plot was poor, illogical, unrealisitc and the acting often wooden Gad, what movie did you other raters watch? Special effects were good but plot was poor, illogical, unrealisitc and the acting often wooden and, in general, a poor movie. Symptomatic of the overall problem - the storm rages and washes one guy overboard but in the wheelhouse, no pitching or deck rolling. Way poor. Full Review »
  3. JohnP
    Jan 14, 2008
    6
    Ah, Virus. Fantastic to watch if it's 2am and you're sitting with some friends and nothing to do, and it's on TV. Don't Ah, Virus. Fantastic to watch if it's 2am and you're sitting with some friends and nothing to do, and it's on TV. Don't spend any money on it, but by all means watch it. Just don't take it seriously. Full Review »