Independence Day
Independence Day (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 2, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.

Carol Buckland

Splendidly cheesy entertainment.

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Todd McCarthy

As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's an utter slog, and there's nothing worse to say about a movie whose entire, solitary purpose in life is to provide mindless, violent escapism.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

One of the best summer blockbusters ever made...

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David Ansen

If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The earnestness, the effects, and the notion of a whole world forgetting its differences to defeat a common foe carry a certain charm.

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Jason Bailey

A loathsome, soulless husk of a garbage movie - a bad movie then, and it's a bad movie now.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A top blockbuster action film with great special effects!
xGary Xx
Devlin and Emmerich are hardly known for their sophistication and subtlety, and this big budget B-movie certainly won't change any minds on that score. It… More
Wildaly M
Good film. A bit too unrealistic for my taste but good enough.
Adriel Lim
It works, for all it is worth, though not much can be said of any depth or realism, it is a sci-fi flick with good old sci-fi goodness.
Mister Caple
Will Smith and hostile aliens??? <br/>What more can I say about one of the best action flicks of 1996.
Albert Kim
"Apocalypse 52: Alien Invasion" is what this movie should be called. Roland Emmerich's best movie, which isn't saying much cause he's… More