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Stargate (1994)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 191,574



Movie Info

This lucrative, elephantine-budgeted sci-fi opus paved the way for director Roland Emmerich's mega-hit Independence Day (1996). The story commences in Giza, Egypt, circa 1928, where an archaeological expedition unearths an ancient ring with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a … More

PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dean Devlin , Roland Emmerich
In Theaters:
Jun 17, 1997
Artisan Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Stargate

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (21) | DVD (29)

The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
7M Pictures

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

"Has matured wonderfully, sustaining as a curious genre exercise in blockbuster yearn marked by surprising buoyancy, madly entertaining performances, and a fertile cinematic imagination behind the camera not yet corrupted by massive box office success."

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Still, this is a decent little diversion, the kind of pure popcorn fodder that would find a far more ballsy form when Will Smith took on city-sized flying saucers in Independence Day.

Full Review… | October 27, 2009

The main problem with Stargate is not with set-up, but with execution. After a while you feel like you're just watching weird people staggering around a desert.

Full Review… | March 18, 2003

A load of outer space codswallop!

February 12, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Roland Emmerich's reign of terror begins ...

February 12, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A load of gibberish.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Freak Central

The thinness and bizarre randomness of the story is equalled by some unimpressive special effects

Full Review… | February 5, 2003

Note to director: sand, in and of itself, really isn't all that interesting.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

An instant camp classic.

Full Review… | January 9, 2002

What starts out as not the same-old, same-old sci-fi quickly degenerates into the same-old, same-old action-movie gunplay, and all the potentially interesting ideas the film introduces end up virtually unexplored.

Full Review… | May 12, 2001
Flick Filosopher encouraging premise, good special effects, excellent sound, and one of the dumbest payoffs in big-budget film history.

April 7, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The story's so weak that it's almost opaque.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

A matinee movie for the kids and little else.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Stargate will satisfy those who are single-mindedly focused on the fabulous premise of instant travel through space, and time. But it could have, and should have, been done much better than this.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Production design, costumes and special effects are superb and they all make the alien world very convincing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Offered just enough to keep me interested, despite all of its bombast and unfulfilled promise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Stargate

Stargate is the second Roland Emmerich feature, and is a flawed, but somewhat enjoyable effort from a director who is very hit and miss. Stargate is a fun, entertaining picture that is visually stunning and boasts some pretty good performances. Although far from perfect, this film isn't as bad as it seems, but it does have a few weak moments. I feel that that if the script would have been better thought out, this film really could have been a highly engaging, thrilling and memorable sci fi adventure. As it is, it's a good film that unfortunately has a few elements missing to really make it a standout feature. Nonetheless, the film doers boast good action to make up for the weak moments that are found throughout. I really liked the film, and considering it was directed by Roland Emmerich, it's a pretty good effort. There are enough effective moments to keep you interested, but like I said, you are left wanting more as the scripts limitations do show up. The story should be reworked, but overall, film buffs who enjoy mindless action films, should give this film a chance. Even with all its imperfections, Stargate is an underrated film, one that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. There are far worst films out there, and Emmerich has directed far worst movies than this. Stargate, along with Independence Day are his finest works, and display a certain element from a director that most of the time, can't seem to craft a good film. This is good fun with all its flaws, and it's not as bad as what the mainstream critics have said about. Yes, the script should have been better written, with a few revisions here and there, but there's still effective entertainment to be had here.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


A spectacular and tremendously enjoyable sci-fi epic. An instant classic in it's own right. A wickedly entertaining and explosive action-adventure that's loaded with eye-popping special effects, great humor and non-stop thrills from start to finish. A heart-pounding and mind-blowing action-packed thrill-ride that hits alll the right notes. A full-throttle roller-coaster ride that dose not let up for an instant. James Spader and Kurt Russell are terrific. Director, Ronald Emmerich crafts one of his finest and most incredible movies ever.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Its really random plot is a little awkward for a sci fi movie and some of the parts but it is fairly decent for a sci fi movie

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

The Original one was watchable and I like James Spader.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Stargate Quotes

Lieutenant Kawalsky: [Jackson sneezes hard] Cold? Dr. Daniel Jackson: Allergies: always happens when I travel.
– Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
Dr. Daniel Jackson: [Kasuf gestures towards his village] He's inviting us to go with him. Lieutenant Kawalsky: How can you be so sure? Dr. Daniel Jackson: Because he's... Dr. Daniel Jackson: [repeats gesture] inviting us to go with him.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil: Give my regards to King Tut asshole!
– Submitted by Kos G (3 years ago)

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