Independence Day - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Independence Day Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment; couldn't they think of anything more interesting than octopus men?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, and perhaps not unexpectedly, it doesn't live up to the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Big, dumb, glossy blockbuster designed for mass appeal is massively appalling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 4, 2016
It's an utter slog, and there's nothing worse to say about a movie whose entire, solitary purpose in life is to provide mindless, violent escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
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.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Independence Day is Hollywood's poster child for the design-by-committee blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Switch your brain down and enjoy it. And take along a barf bag for those excruciating American patriotic scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
At least Mars Attacks tried to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
It coulda been a contender.
Jason Bailey
July 1, 2016
A loathsome, soulless husk of a garbage movie - a bad movie then, and it's a bad movie now.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium.
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Scott Rosenberg
January 1, 2000
There's precious little reward in plumbing the world-historical implications of the screenplay.
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Kevin McManus
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
As for the human characters, they give merely adequate back-seat support to the special effects that drive this big-budget thriller.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
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.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The movie is like an advertisement for more defense spending.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Independence Day is woefully short on anything that rouses the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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