Critic Review - Hollywood Reporter

Surprisingly, this is easily director Roland Emmerich's best film.

September 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (22)
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Thomas W.

Thomas Waterhouse

Not surprisingly*

Oct 17 - 01:25 AM

ManifestPanda

Nay Nay Bauer

Come on, independence day wasn't that ba... ok, well jeff goldblum and will smith weren't that ba... ok well whatever, i liked independence day.

Oct 17 - 03:30 AM

Thomas W.

Thomas Waterhouse

Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith played themselves. Nothing shocking, but I dug Independence Day like I would a B-movie.

Oct 17 - 08:48 AM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

Think this is the first Emmerich movie to have 100% on the Tomatoer ever, even if only for a little bit. If the reviews stay around the 80s-90s range i may consider seeing it in Theaters, but then again this is the Director who brought us some extremely unintelligent films like 10,000 BC, 2012, and that horrible Godzilla remake. But perhaps this may be where Emmerich finally becomes a more intelligent and engaging filmmaker

Oct 17 - 06:32 PM

Myerla

Elliot Newton

Don't be ashamed. Independence Day was great. I love it. Guilty pleasure, I guess...

Oct 26 - 07:15 AM

John-Justice H.

John-Justice Hill

It is surprising, actually.

Oct 18 - 07:04 PM

Will Truslow

Will Truslow

well, it is surprising, considering that hes never made a really good movie, Up until seeing that this hasn't had a a negative review yet, I thought it would be complete crap considering its roland emmerich

Oct 19 - 04:28 AM

John-Justice H.

John-Justice Hill

I know, seriously. But we still have a week to go.

Oct 20 - 08:25 PM

Stuart McCunn

Stuart McCunn

It is surprising. Too surprising. I feel like they're hand-feeding us reviews early to get the score up. He hasn't done anything good since Independence Day which was, as I'm sure everyone is aware, a cheesy but entertaining B-Movie. As much as I'd love to see a good Emmerich movie I'm not holding my breath on this one. After all: Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, and 2012. Not a good record. About the only reason I hold out any hope is the bit about "at his most restrained." That'd be nice to see. Especially since last I heard Emmerich's the one with control over another property I'd love to see, but only if it's done well: Foundation.

Oct 19 - 08:28 AM

Miles Mueller

Miles Mueller

The Patriot is his best so far I think.

Oct 18 - 07:39 PM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

The Patriot was alright, although i found myself Cringing at the inaccuracies, especially due to the fact that Mel Gibson's character in real life was supposed to be the actual bad guy (due to the fact that it's recorded that the guy married his cousin and killed/raped/pillaged against Native Americans like Crazy) I actually think the movie would have been better if it was more accurate due to the hero's and villains being unclear etc. Although Emmerich up to this point has always been a summer blockbuster director meaning that the facts can easily be stepped over when he's in the directors chair.

Oct 19 - 01:47 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

I had a soft spot for 2012. I actually agreed with Ebert about that one. Well, maybe not 4 stars like he said, but I liked it. And I loved Independence Day as a kid (and still enjoy it now). The Patriot? I forgot, watched it once years ago. But I remember my dad crying, and me thinking it wasn't bad. Oh, and Stargate is now a cult movie. The reviews were mixed, but it was a box office success and has a sort of following these days. So really, he has made 3 or 4 solid movies for me, and I wouldn't be surprised if this was successful. He isn't a horrible director, more than a notch above Bay or Schumacher, I'd say.

Oct 19 - 09:48 AM

Anssi  P.

Anssi P


Why people hate Schumacher? He directed The Lost Boys, Falling Down, Tigerland and Phone Booth. 8MM and Flatliners are probably OK too.

Oct 19 - 05:06 PM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

I think each of the three directors has released at least one good movie, Michael Bay had "The Rock" which i loved being that it was a very well acted solid thriller etc. Schumacher had Falling Down, i haven't seen Tigerland or the Lost Boys so i couldn't comment on that, and I cant say i loved any of Roland Emmerich's films so far but i kind of liked Stargate. Although I do think that some Directors have massive lowpoints in their carrier i mean Schumacher hasn't made a movie that's been positive on the Tomatoer since Phone Booth and his new movie with Nick Cage looks terrible.

Oct 19 - 09:08 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Yes, I do love The Rock, but now that I'm old enough to analyze why, it's mostly because of Connery, Cage, (two of my favorite actors) and the fact that it's in San Francisco, my hometown. But okay, probably on about the same level as Schumacher if we include Joel's early movies. But after the mid-90s he hasn't done anything I liked, Phone Booth being okay. Ultimately, of course, we're talking about three filmmakers whose films I usually don't bother myself with, haha

Oct 19 - 09:53 PM

Max Harkness

Max Harkness

Schumacher is a much better director, and Bay has at least some visual sense.

Oct 20 - 01:36 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

He gave 2012 4 STARS??!! Holy sh$%T!

Oct 21 - 02:54 AM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

He gave it 3 and a half stars, not 4. I Personally agree with Ebert on that one too.

Oct 23 - 02:33 PM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

I think your right, based on all their work so far Schumacher is better than Emmerich although atm Bay would be my favorite solely for the Rock.

Oct 20 - 08:44 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

This film will end of in the 70% region

Oct 21 - 02:53 AM

redrooster0

Charlie Voelker

I think so too, it should be a solid movie.

Oct 23 - 08:09 PM

David Johnson

David Johnson

Considering his body of work I had dismissed this film entirely. Perhaps I'll give it a shot.

Oct 22 - 08:23 AM

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