Sphere Reviews

January 8, 2018
Ultimately, the explanation we've been waiting for turns out to be just that: an explanation.
September 7, 2011
August 5, 2008
An empty shell.
June 24, 2006
Three major stars being involved, it all wraps up happily but implausibly.
June 18, 2002
The ending, though emotionally satisfying, collapses under scrutiny. This lack of payoff is a real flaw in a film pitched to a discriminating sci-fi mentality.
April 12, 2002
Given its situational premise -- outer space goes underwater -- Sphere is filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware.
February 14, 2001
As the umpteenth entrant in the We-Are-Not-Alone sweepstakes, Sphere feels awfully familiar because it is.
January 1, 2000
Decent performances and an abundance of good ideas and effects but there is definitely a lack of pace to the dramatic tension and you may find yourself just not caring.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Basically, what Sphere delivers is a mediocre Outer Limits TV script resting atop a massive, needlessly complex superstructure of overplotting, high-dollar f/x and banal head games.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Sphere winds up just a load of balls.
January 1, 2000
There are some things that humankind is just better off not knowing about.
January 1, 2000
While this is no quick-witted treat on a par with Mr. Levinson's Wag the Dog, it's a solid thriller with showy scientific overtones.
January 1, 2000
The only excellence is in the acting, and even then the screenplay puts the characters through so many U-turns that dramatic momentum is impossible.
January 1, 2000
Somewhere out there, maybe there's a small cadre of film-goers who will appreciate Sphere's dubious charms, but I'm not among them.
February 13, 1998