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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 with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Roland Emmerich's reign of terror begins ..."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Note to director: sand, in and of itself, really isn't all that interesting."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"[A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Promising setup killed by action-film cliches."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A load of gibberish."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"An instant camp classic."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
""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.""
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A load of outer space codswallop!"
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"The thinness and bizarre randomness of the story is equalled by some unimpressive special effects"
‑ Christopher Null,
"What starts out as not the same-old, same-old sci-fi quickly degenerates into the same-old, same-old action-movie gunplay, and all the potentially interesting ideas the film introduces end up virtually unexplored."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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