Independence Day Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 4, 2013
One quarter of a very decent albeit cliche alien invasion film, and three quarters an unwatchable adventure film.
September 8, 2009
Spending a scant four weeks on script versus 13 months on physical production, as happened here, does have its drawbacks.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium.
Steve Biodrowski
July 7, 2008
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 ...
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Carol Buckland
March 5, 2008
Splendidly cheesy entertainment.

March 5, 2008
Insanely pompous and brilliantly exhilarating in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 5, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Ansen
March 5, 2008
If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going.
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Todd McCarthy
March 5, 2008
As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 5, 2008
Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 5, 2008
No matter how ludicrous and coincidental the plot gets, it never takes itself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
The earnestness, the effects, and the notion of a whole world forgetting its differences to defeat a common foe carry a certain charm.
Rob Gonsalves
August 13, 2007
Forget government conspiracies about aliens -- what about the entertainment media's conspiracy to persuade America that this movie doesn't suck?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Everything feels anti-climactic after the fireworks, but the moral is clear: it's the end of the world as we know it. And we feel fine.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
No brain, no pain, but a heck of a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
The most spectacular and intriguing sci-fi action film since the 'Star Wars' trilogy. (published 7-6-96)
| Original Score: A-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Finally, science fiction the way it used to be: rousing, cosmically xenophobic and ferociously patriotic... Take that, space bullies!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
February 14, 2003
One of the prime guilty pleasures of our time.
| Original Score: 5/10
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Big, dumb, glossy blockbuster designed for mass appeal is massively appalling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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