Stargate

1994

Stargate

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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 military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions actually constitute a map to a massive stargate (or interstellar portal). The army sends over resident crackpot colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) to travel through the stargate and see what's on the other side; Jackson accompanies him, and the two men turn up in a desert planet on the other side of the universe, with three moons in its sky. The world in question is ruled by Ra (Jaye Davidson), a hermaphroditic Egyptian sun god, who oppresses hordes of slave workers. Jackson and O'Neill then join forces to help the said workers revolt against their oppressor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

  • It works not because ridiculousness is concealed, but because ridiculousness on this scale becomes something else. Don't let anyone tell you that Stargate, lifeless script and all, isn't clunky fun, proudly trembling on the brink of classic camp.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

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

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Stargate starts promisingly... But it then turns into an interminable exercise in special effects and not-so-special fisticuffs.

    Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.

    Jun 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stargate

  • Nov 03, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2013
    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
  • Sep 08, 2012
    From director Roland Emmerich comes Stargate, an epic sci-fi adventure that spawned one of the biggest franchises of the genre. The film follows the discovery of a mysterious Egyptian artifact that turns out to be a portal to another world, and the expedition sent through to make contact. Kurt Russell and James Spader lead the cast and give solid performances. While the plot and concepts are interesting, the film's pacing is a bit labored and it doesn't quite tell as epic a story as it promises. The special effects are somewhat dated, but still manage to deliver exciting and thrilling action sequences. Even with its flaws, Stargate holds up as a fun and entertaining film with a thrilling adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2011
    roland emmerich's best.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer

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