Independence Day 1996

Critics score:
60 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Read more

Caryn James, New York Times: The film has a genial it's-only-a-movie attitude that sets it apart, quite emphatically, from other blockbuster action movies. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: The earnestness, the effects, and the notion of a whole world forgetting its differences to defeat a common foe carry a certain charm. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: So much about ID4 is so old it's inevitable that homesick audiences, eager for familiar scenarios, will embrace it as if it's nothing but new. Read more

Carol Buckland, Splendidly cheesy entertainment. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Globe and Mail: Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Unfortunately, and perhaps not unexpectedly, it doesn't live up to the hype. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment; couldn't they think of anything more interesting than octopus men? Read more

Scott Rosenberg, There's precious little reward in plumbing the world-historical implications of the screenplay. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The picture is ultimately fun, thanks mostly to the colorful characters and the mock-hero ic spirit that kicks in full-throttle after the world has almost been destroyed. Read more

Time Out: Everything feels anti-climactic after the fireworks, but the moral is clear: it's the end of the world as we know it. And we feel fine. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank. Read more

Kevin McManus, Washington Post: As for the human characters, they give merely adequate back-seat support to the special effects that drive this big-budget thriller. Read more