Independence Day Synopsis
A fighter pilot, a computer whiz and others fight back after alien ships zap Earth's major cities.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
With its hackneyed plot, feeble attempts at characterization, and predictable finale, the second half of Independence Day becomes an...
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Crazy Aliens Taking Over Earth...

My review of Independence Day

By jwelch5742
This was very good. This had great Visual Effects....

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Wow

By Phronc
Not only fantastic special effects, but super action packed! Easily will become a classic....

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great movie!!

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Independence Day Movie Review

By Spencer27057
91 out of 100 A fun sci-fi thriller with great action parts and effects....

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Will Smith at hs best!

By Daniel_E_Dilamani
Nough' said...

Willy Style

By MongrolMan
This starts Will Smith's reign as the summer blockbuster king!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence and Sci-Fi Destruction
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Nonstop over-the-top fun for teens and up.
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