Overall Rank: 886
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 751
Theatrical Release Date: 07/03/1996
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors: Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell
Plot: The world watches as alien ships hover over major cities world-wide - but their intentions are anything but peaceful.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/18/2019
When you take out the explosions and the spaceship fight scenes, "Independence Day" is actually kind of boring.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/11/2014
Independence Day is a fun action pack film that has the 90's written all over it.
Old Winter - wrote on 11/18/2012
Run of the mill alien invasion (imagine that). Goldblum trademark "manic" is strained to breaking point. He has a very unlikely ex-wife in a very unlikely job. He has a comedy sidekick that is just plain tedious. He takes his Dad along to be horrified every couple of minutes by his son's actions. Explosions are loud and colourful. Will Smith is a badass that kicks a lot of alien butt with all the character depth of the sheet of A4 the plot must have come on.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 12/21/2011
Devlin and Emmerich are hardly known for their sophistication and subtlety, and this big budget B-movie certainly won't change any minds on that score. It follows the summer blockbuster formula to the letter, but it is done with enough tongue in cheek humour to make it a hugely enjoyable experience. The action is all very gung-ho and flag waving (I'm still not sure if the president's "Independence Day" speech is meant to be taken seriously, but it always raises a laugh from me!) but thrillingly done; the dogfight through a canyon is as exciting as Hollywood action gets, and you can't help but cheer for Randy Quaid's boozy abductee in the climactic battle. Jeff Goldblum is at his least irritating and has some fantastic banter with his crotchety Jewish father played to perfection by …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/06/2008
Even though this made millions of dollars in the box office, it’s a very disappointing film overall because it’s pretty on the outside but has nothing to offer inside. I think the filmmakers focused too much on the visual effects to the point where they totally ignored the emotional core. When it tried to be sentimental, it just didn’t work because most of the characters are one-dimensional so the audience can’t relate to their struggle. I expected this film to have more teeth and bite–the closest it came to reaching my expectations were scenes where we see the aliens up close. There’s real suspense during those scenes because we’re as curious as the characters that are interacting with them. As for its pacing, I couldn’t believe nothing happened during the first fifty …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/01/2008
On July 2nd, communications around the world are sent into chaos as a signal is detected from what appears to be the moon.
At first, it appears to be one huge celestial body, but it is quickly learned that it is an enormous spacecraft that launches numerous smaller crafts that take positions over major cities around the world.
"Jack" (Jeff Goldblum), a former scientist, figures out that the aliens are using the world's satellites to send signals to each other to coordinate an attack which begins on July 3rd, when the ships begin to attack major cities around the globe.
Survivors of the attack converge on Area 51, a secret, but well-known, military facility in New Mexico. In a part of the facility, which is inaccessible to the majority of the survivors, is an alien craft which …
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