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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 19 out of 21
  1. 67
    While much of the film is taken over by enormously entertaining dogfight sequences … much of it also rests on the narrative drive, which seems clipped part and parcel from one of those old “Why We Fight” documentaries that Frank Capra doled out to keep our G.I.s in fighting mode.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E]
  3. 30
    Pretty much everything in this high-space war yarn has been swiped from other, better movies.
  4. 25
    Fox should be paying potential viewers not to walk out of this turkey. The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicole Campos
    20
    An excruciating no-brainer blend of “Starship Troopers” and “Top Gun,” without the former’s guilty-pleasure concoction of gory F/X and dark humor or Tom Cruise’s megawatt smile.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    0
    The effects are laughably primitive, the dialogue hilariously atrocious -- and those are the good parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. AndersB.
    Feb 19, 2007
    10
    Brilliantly scripted and marvelously acted Sci-Fi movie based on the all-time favorite PC-game. The intense combination of an intergalactic Brilliantly scripted and marvelously acted Sci-Fi movie based on the all-time favorite PC-game. The intense combination of an intergalactic war-story and a classic Shakespearian love-tale makes this movie an adrenaline-pumping tears-jerker of historical proportion. Mankind can traverse the darkest depths of space, it will always bring along its emotions! The Kilrathi character-depth is the secret of its success, diminishing the personality of Hamlet to a superficial cartoon-character. While the lines spoken by the Kilrathi have the rhythm of a Swiss watch, it is the depth of their meanings that truly fascinates. Only repeated viewing can reveal the many layers of its message. Once discovered, your will agree that this is what takes Wing Commander beyond the level of the greatest classics of Hollywood or even global cinema. The people of the future will divide human history in the pre-Wing Commander era (or the Dark Age) and the post-Wing Commander era, when humanity finally became enlightened by this masterpiece and its powerful message. At a lower level, you are bound to forget the part of your life that was spent - wasted really - before you could become a wittness yourself to the brillance that is Wing Commander. Oscars may be awarded for artistry in film-making, only a Nobel Prize (or several) could do justice to the levels of excellence reached by Wing Commander. This production will no-doubt be remembered by the many generations to come as a turning point in movie-making. Its message, when correctly interpreted, will influence society as only the Holy Bible may have done before. Be ready to experience never-felt-before emotions as you watch this hallmark movie over and over again. It will leave its tracks on your soul Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    If you are a space combat sim fan and don't care about the deviation from the original Wing Commander series this film is definitely for you.If you are a space combat sim fan and don't care about the deviation from the original Wing Commander series this film is definitely for you. Straight plot, no hidden meaning, nice special effects (sometimes overdone, sometimes underdeveloped, but who cares?). I have been a big fan of this film since I was a teenager. I am genuinely surprised to find the rating of this film being so low. It's definitely watchable and enjoyable, many films here with much better rating are actually worse. Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    7
    A better film than it's often given credit for, you don't need any knowledge of the (now long forgotten) game franchise to enjoy thisA better film than it's often given credit for, you don't need any knowledge of the (now long forgotten) game franchise to enjoy this thrilling sci-fi epic. When you see the space battles involving carriers and fighters firing torpedoes at each other you will instantly see where the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica got a lot of its ideas from. The aliens are disappointing and the love story is a bit meh. Other than that, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy this film. Expand
  4. JB.
    Aug 11, 2006
    6
    It really saddens me to see this film here. Let me break it down: the settings and scenery and especially the Kilrathi (cat-people) costumes It really saddens me to see this film here. Let me break it down: the settings and scenery and especially the Kilrathi (cat-people) costumes were clearly produced on a low budget. That's the bad part. The good part? The acting, which was solid the entire way through. It's really not that bad a film, but perhaps one needs to see really bad films to realize that. Expand
  5. Sam
    May 6, 2006
    6
    I'm not surprised the movie was critically panned. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy myself.
  6. Aug 25, 2011
    0
    The smallest, faintest glimmer of hope that one day, perhaps one day there could be a good movie adapted from a video game died with theThe smallest, faintest glimmer of hope that one day, perhaps one day there could be a good movie adapted from a video game died with the release of Wing Commander. Well, what did you expect when you picked the cast of Scooby-Doo to be your action stars. Expand

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