100

Empire

By Kim Newman
Like "2001," "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park," it ups the special effects stakes and gets closer to putting on screen the images you've had in your mind while reading epic sci-fi.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax that, to its credit, isn't anti-climactic. [2 July 1996, p.D1]
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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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80

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The aliens, meanwhile, are a fabulously nasty lot of slimy, tentacled, malevolent telepaths, but all their superior technology is no match for our red, white and blue ingenuity. Take that, space bullies!
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie. I am not among you.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
For all of its huge budget, Independence Day is a timid movie when it comes to imagination. The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Once you get past the admittedly breathtaking shots of our national landmarks being turned into kindling, the rest of the film is a tired and empty two hours of feel-good patriotism and oddly cast characters.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The action is fast, furious, and loaded with explosive effects, but the theme is a regrettable return to the us-against-them paranoia that dominated much science fiction in the cold-war era.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
With its hackneyed plot, feeble attempts at characterization, and predictable finale, the second half of Independence Day becomes an extremely dull and lifeless affair.
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59 out of 100
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