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Independence Day Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment; couldn't they think of anything more interesting than octopus men?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Unfortunately, and perhaps not unexpectedly, it doesn't live up to the hype.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

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

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2002
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Forget government conspiracies about aliens -- what about the entertainment media's conspiracy to persuade America that this movie doesn't suck?

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

August 13, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 17, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One quarter of a very decent albeit cliche alien invasion film, and three quarters an unwatchable adventure film.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 4, 2013
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

Independence Day is Hollywood's poster child for the design-by-committee blockbuster.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Switch your brain down and enjoy it. And take along a barf bag for those excruciating American patriotic scenes.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

At least Mars Attacks tried to be funny.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It coulda been a contender.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium.

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

September 1, 2009
Scott Rosenberg
Salon.com
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There's precious little reward in plumbing the world-historical implications of the screenplay.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Kevin McManus
Washington Post
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As for the human characters, they give merely adequate back-seat support to the special effects that drive this big-budget thriller.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Independence Day backs up the commonly-heard claim that movie success often has little to do with a good story and compelling characters and everything to do with big stars, big production values and good timing.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

The movie is like an advertisement for more defense spending.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A gasping, bloated roller-coaster ride that veers from scenes of truly awesome destruction to stretches of numbingly bad melodrama and back again.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

Director Roland Emmerich has a knack for belaboring a point, explaining everything to us in dialogue and visuals often and repeatedly and over and over.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Independence Day is woefully short on anything that rouses the imagination.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 4/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Does the hype monster ID4 live up to its massive buildup? In a word, no.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

This one's short on batteries.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000

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