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: 62% 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.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Sonnenfeld has directed with gusto and precision from a vaguely plotted but often hilarious screenplay, and his view of Manhattan as a holding pen for intergalactic refugees has the touch of authentic experience fundamental to all great comedy.

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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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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It may be film-making by numbers, but the numbers are the right ones, and they fall into place with a satisfying clunk. This is everything a blockbuster should be.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

"ID4" presses all the current hot buttons with great efficiency which will make it hard to keep in mind that just because a movie kicks major butt doesn't mean it's good.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

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

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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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Carol Buckland
CNN.com

Splendidly cheesy entertainment.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

One of the best summer blockbusters ever made...

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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