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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    While the plot is worthless and the battle scenes cheap-looking and unengrossing, Wing Commander has clearly defined characters and relationships. In other words, the film's young actors have nothing interesting to say, but they say it well. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E] show more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune

    Tries mightily to give these warmed-over cliches the proper seasoning, but in the end, these leftovers fail to satisfy. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.L] show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    These actors, alas, are at the service of a submoronic script and special effects that look like a video game writ large. show more

  • 25
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, groaning should be a perfectly audible way of saying the intergalactic alien-buster Wing Commander sucks. show more

  • 25
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Fox should be paying potential viewers not to walk out of this turkey. The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity. show more

  • 25
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Dopey. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The script too often sounds like an encrypted communique itself, and it's tiring trying to keep all the nonsensical space-jargon straight. The effort is more demanding than hanging onto a joystick, and not entirely worth the effort. show more

  • 20
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    When all is said and done, then, the only thing this juvenile and shameless "Star Wars" knock-off does is whet your appetite for the real deal. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    While much of the film is taken over by enormously entertaining dogfight sequences … much of it also rests on the narrative drive, which seems clipped part and parcel from one of those old “Why We Fight” documentaries that Frank Capra doled out to keep our G.I.s in fighting mode. show more

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