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: October 28, 1994
DVD 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
Christopher Heim
Silly but enjoyable escapist sci-fi action and by far Roland Emmerich's best film. The big highlights are the awesome special effects and set designs,… 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
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