The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment; couldn't they think of anything more interesting than octopus men?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Unfortunately, and perhaps not unexpectedly, it doesn't live up to the hype.
| Original Score: 2/4
Big, dumb, glossy blockbuster designed for mass appeal is massively appalling.
| Original Score: 1/5
Forget government conspiracies about aliens -- what about the entertainment media's conspiracy to persuade America that this movie doesn't suck?
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
One quarter of a very decent albeit cliche alien invasion film, and three quarters an unwatchable adventure film.
Independence Day is Hollywood's poster child for the design-by-committee blockbuster.
Switch your brain down and enjoy it. And take along a barf bag for those excruciating American patriotic scenes.
At least Mars Attacks tried to be funny.
It coulda been a contender.
Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium.
There's precious little reward in plumbing the world-historical implications of the screenplay.
As for the human characters, they give merely adequate back-seat support to the special effects that drive this big-budget thriller.
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.
| Original Score: 68/100
The movie is like an advertisement for more defense spending.
A gasping, bloated roller-coaster ride that veers from scenes of truly awesome destruction to stretches of numbingly bad melodrama and back again.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Independence Day is woefully short on anything that rouses the imagination.
| Original Score: 4/10
Does the hype monster ID4 live up to its massive buildup? In a word, no.
This one's short on batteries.
| Original Score: 2/5