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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax that, to its credit, isn't anti-climactic. [2 July 1996, p.D1] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    For all of its huge budget, Independence Day is a timid movie when it comes to imagination. The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment. show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie. I am not among you. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The action is fast, furious, and loaded with explosive effects, but the theme is a regrettable return to the us-against-them paranoia that dominated much science fiction in the cold-war era. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    With its hackneyed plot, feeble attempts at characterization, and predictable finale, the second half of Independence Day becomes an extremely dull and lifeless affair. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Emmerich succeeds only in making his previous venture, the marginal Stargate, look positively inspired by comparison. show more

  • 100
    Kim Newman Empire

    Like "2001," "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park," it ups the special effects stakes and gets closer to putting on screen the images you've had in your mind while reading epic sci-fi. show more

  • 80
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The aliens, meanwhile, are a fabulously nasty lot of slimy, tentacled, malevolent telepaths, but all their superior technology is no match for our red, white and blue ingenuity. Take that, space bullies! show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Once you get past the admittedly breathtaking shots of our national landmarks being turned into kindling, the rest of the film is a tired and empty two hours of feel-good patriotism and oddly cast characters. show more

  • February 23, 2014 michaelmayoliz
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    Really corny... Good for a younger crowd.

  • February 18, 2014 Sweetrose
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    I enjoyed the film and loved the effects! It is a thrill to see Capt. Steve (Smith) and Mr. Levinson (Goldblum) become the great heroes saving the World.I loved the realism of Brothethood,that many countries came to our side in assistance.Wonderful and truly great

  • August 21, 2012 grannato9
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    I love this movie...There are a few places that are hard to believe. The President didn\'t know there is an Area 51? Really? And...Why did the first Lady crash at El Toro when she was going to Nellis. And...did the doctors do surgery to try and stop her bleeding? But none the less, I love this movie and watch it often. Never get tired of it. I wish they had done an after movie...getting civilation back. P.S. I am 70 years old.

  • June 05, 2009 Rean Rossier
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    I thought this movie was awful It looked like this movie copied Star Wars & Aliens. It was boring & long I just wanted it to be over I was so bored that I went on my laptop. { SOME Spoliers}

  • August 28, 2008 Lil mikey 1012
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    It was okay

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