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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If the writing and direction carry Sphere most of the way, the actors manage to bring it home. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Waterlogged trip to nowhere. [13 February 1998, p. 3D] show more

  • 50
    New York Daily News

    A choppy, incoherent science-fiction thriller that does no credit to its expensive cast. [13 February 1998, p. 57] show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The result is a run-of-the-mill fantasy, competently produced but disappointingly familiar, from its "Forbidden Planet" premise to the digital-clock countdown near the end. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A watered-down take on the sci-fi classic "Solaris," by Stanislaw Lem, which was made into an immeasurably better film by Andrei Tarkovsky. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    By trying to satisfy every kind of viewer, it's possible that Sphere may end up pleasing no one. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 30
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The game cast does what it can -- it's a good thing Schreiber is naturally funny -- but the situation is hopeless. This is one wreck better left unexplored. show more

  • 40
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Don't trust the impression created by Sphere's intriguing trailers that it has much to do with the awe and terror of direct contact with an advanced alien intelligence. show more

  • 25
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Stripped of the pleasures of terror, flattened of grandeur (with a tacked-on coda that fairly groans with storytelling defeat), the movie sinks from the weight of its own heavyhandedness. show more

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