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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The result is a run-of-the-mill fantasy, competently produced but disappointingly familiar, from its "Forbidden Planet" premise to the...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If the writing and direction carry Sphere most of the way, the actors manage to bring it home.
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50

New York Daily News

A choppy, incoherent science-fiction thriller that does no credit to its expensive cast. [13 February 1998, p. 57]
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Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Don't trust the impression created by Sphere's intriguing trailers that it has much to do with the awe and terror of direct contact with an...
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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...
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
By trying to satisfy every kind of viewer, it's possible that Sphere may end up pleasing no one.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A watered-down take on the sci-fi classic "Solaris," by Stanislaw Lem, which was made into an immeasurably better film by Andrei Tarkovsky....
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Waterlogged trip to nowhere. [13 February 1998, p. 3D]
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30

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The game cast does what it can -- it's a good thing Schreiber is naturally funny -- but the situation is hopeless. This is one wreck better...
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Stripped of the pleasures of terror, flattened of grandeur (with a tacked-on coda that fairly groans with storytelling defeat), the movie...
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