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Independence Day (1996)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 23

The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 6

The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.



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A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on

Jun 27, 2000

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (23) | DVD (40)

Splendidly cheesy entertainment.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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It's the first futuristic disaster movie that's as cute as a button. Which, when all the special effects blow over, is what we Americans like in a monster hit.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek | Comments (3)
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As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
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The earnestness, the effects, and the notion of a whole world forgetting its differences to defeat a common foe carry a certain charm.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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One quarter of a very decent albeit cliche alien invasion film, and three quarters an unwatchable adventure film.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Spending a scant four weeks on script versus 13 months on physical production, as happened here, does have its drawbacks.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Basically, this is almost perfect realization of the movie you eagerly anticipated when, as a kid, you saw some poster or coming attractions trailer for a 1950s-style alien invasion movie ...

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Insanely pompous and brilliantly exhilarating in equal measure.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

No matter how ludicrous and coincidental the plot gets, it never takes itself seriously.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Forget government conspiracies about aliens -- what about the entertainment media's conspiracy to persuade America that this movie doesn't suck?

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (14)

No one who wants to see this movie needs me to recommend it to them, but if anyone wants to know, I say stay home and rent one of those other movies on video.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (5)
Combustible Celluloid

No brain, no pain, but a heck of a lot of fun.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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The most spectacular and intriguing sci-fi action film since the 'Star Wars' trilogy. (published 7-6-96)

December 28, 2004 Full Review | Comments (2)
Kansas City Kansan

Finally, science fiction the way it used to be: rousing, cosmically xenophobic and ferociously patriotic... Take that, space bullies!

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the prime guilty pleasures of our time.

February 14, 2003 Full Review

Big, dumb, glossy blockbuster designed for mass appeal is massively appalling.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Independence Day

Good film. A bit too unrealistic for my taste but good enough.
January 15, 2014

Super Reviewer

Will Smith and hostile aliens???
What more can I say about one of the best action flicks of 1996.
January 10, 2014
Mister Caple

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Devlin and Emmerich are hardly known for their sophistication and subtlety, and this big budget B-movie certainly won't change any minds on that score. It follows the summer blockbuster formula to the letter, but it is done with enough tongue in cheek humour to make it a hugely enjoyable experience. The action is all very gung-ho and flag waving (I'm still not sure if the president's "Independence Day" speech is meant to be taken seriously, but it always raises a laugh from me!) but thrillingly done; the dogfight through a canyon is as exciting as Hollywood action gets, and you can't help but cheer for Randy Quaid's boozy abductee in the climactic battle. Jeff Goldblum is at his least irritating and has some fantastic banter with his crotchety Jewish father played to perfection by veteran comic Judd Hirsch. The characters are all walking cliches and the characterisation just a load of soapy melodrama but it's little more than mercifully brief window dressing for the rollercoaster ride of the alien invasion. The ground breaking effects still look good today and it's great entertainment if you don't take it too seriously; big, dumb and a lot of fun.
July 3, 2013
xGary Xx

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It works, for all it is worth, though not much can be said of any depth or realism, it is a sci-fi flick with good old sci-fi goodness.
March 26, 2012
Adriel Lim

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    1. Julius Levinson: Look at us. Everybody's trying to get out of Washington, and we're the only schmucks trying to get in.
    – Submitted by Jared B (14 months ago)
    1. President Thomas J. Whitmore: I'm a combat pilot, Will. I belong in the air.
    – Submitted by Ram C (15 months ago)
    1. Capt. Steven Hiller: Welcome to Earth.
    – Submitted by Jacob M (17 months ago)
    1. Miguel Casse: Just what the hell do you think you're doing? It's the wrong field, you idiot! Lucas' farm is on the other side of town!
    2. Russell Casse: Are you sure?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (19 months ago)
    1. Russell Casse: HELLO, BOYS! I'M BACK!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (19 months ago)
    1. President Thomas J. Whitmore: Nuke them. Let's nuke the bastards!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (19 months ago)
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