Sphere (1998)

Dr. Goodman, biochemist Halperin, and astrophysicist Fielding are selected by the government to study a huge spacecraft located on the Pacific ocean floor. Evidence suggest that this craft comes from the future, and inside is a threatening… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 13, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 14, 1998
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sphere features an A-level cast working with B-grade material, with a story seen previously in superior science-fiction films.

Todd McCarthy

An empty shell.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Given its situational premise -- outer space goes underwater -- Sphere is filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The central idea for Sphere is an intriguing one, but similar concepts have been much better executed on episodes of Star Trek, which makes one wonder why movie writing is allowed to be so bad.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Three major stars being involved, it all wraps up happily but implausibly.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As the umpteenth entrant in the We-Are-Not-Alone sweepstakes, Sphere feels awfully familiar because it is.

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Dragan Antulov

Word 'pointless' is the one that should be attributed to this whole film, one of the worst to come from Hollywood in past decade and one that would test patience and temper of the audience like few others.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The ending, though emotionally satisfying, collapses under scrutiny. This lack of payoff is a real flaw in a film pitched to a discriminating sci-fi mentality.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

While this is no quick-witted treat on a par with Mr. Levinson's Wag the Dog, it's a solid thriller with showy scientific overtones.

Carlo Cavagna

Let's face facts: Michael Crichton is a hack. He comes up with innovative concepts, but his characters are cardboard cutouts. Given the psychological foundations of the story, that's an egregious flaw, and the ending is absurdly dissatisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Great cast wasted on a manipulative piece of sci-fi drivel. So many plot holes ... ! So you stay to watch the cast, but eventually hate being jerked around alla… More
Steven Carrier
I am really confused as to why "Sphere" has the reputation it has. Sure, it's narrative can get clunky but the film has some intriguing ideas.… More
Jens S.
For a while in the 90s, it felt like there was a space horror film out every week. This one, based on a Michael Crichton novel takes the issue down into the… More
Mike S
Why does everyone bash this movie so much? Granted that I'm an incurable sci-fi addict, and therefore more forgiving, but this film hardly deserves the bad… More
Joe McCall
They seriously screwed up a great book.
Cassandra Maples
When the military discover what they believe to be a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean they bring in Dr Norman Goodman who had once written a report on the… More