Stargate (1994)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 17, 1997
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.

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Bill Gibron

Still, this is a decent little diversion, the kind of pure popcorn fodder that would find a far more ballsy form when Will Smith took on city-sized flying saucers in Independence Day.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

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Scott Weinberg

The main problem with Stargate is not with set-up, but with execution. After a while you feel like you're just watching weird people staggering around a desert.

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James Berardinelli

A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

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Brian Orndorf

"Has matured wonderfully, sustaining as a curious genre exercise in blockbuster yearn marked by surprising buoyancy, madly entertaining performances, and a fertile cinematic imagination behind the camera not yet corrupted by massive box office success."

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Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

A load of outer space codswallop!

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
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,… More
Wahida K
The Original one was watchable and I like James Spader.
Al S
A spectacular and tremendously enjoyable sci-fi epic. An instant classic in it's own right. A wickedly entertaining and explosive action-adventure… More
Conner Rainwater
No, it's not the best movie ever, but it's a near perfect popcorn movie. One of the few times that Roland Emmerich didn't try to become too self… More
Michael Edwards
Its really random plot is a little awkward for a sci fi movie and some of the parts but it is fairly decent for a sci fi movie
Phil Hubbs
When this came out it was huge, and its not bad. There are alot of rips from other films..Star Wars springs to mind, but this is quite original and looks good.… More