Independence Day
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A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on Earth greet with open arms, looking forward to the first contact with alien life. Unfortunately,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Splendidly cheesy entertainment."
‑ Carol Buckland,
"As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"One quarter of a very decent albeit cliche alien invasion film, and three quarters an unwatchable adventure film."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Basically, this is almost perfect realization of the movie you eagerly anticipated when, as a kid, you saw some poster or coming attractions trailer for a 1950s-style alien invasion movie ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Forget government conspiracies about aliens -- what about the entertainment media's conspiracy to persuade America that this movie doesn't suck?"
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's the first futuristic disaster movie that's as cute as a button. Which, when all the special effects blow over, is what we Americans like in a monster hit."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Spending a scant four weeks on script versus 13 months on physical production, as happened here, does have its drawbacks."
‑ ,
"Insanely pompous and brilliantly exhilarating in equal measure."
‑ , Film4
"No one who wants to see this movie needs me to recommend it to them, but if anyone wants to know, I say stay home and rent one of those other movies on video."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The earnestness, the effects, and the notion of a whole world forgetting its differences to defeat a common foe carry a certain charm."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Independence Day Restores Order to the Millennium."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"No matter how ludicrous and coincidental the plot gets, it never takes itself seriously."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"No brain, no pain, but a heck of a lot of fun."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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