A disparate ensemble of heroes band together to defeat the alien invaders who are bent on exterminating mankind with formidable firepower.
© 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Fresh: The film has a genial it's-only-a-movie attitude that sets it apart, quite emphatically, from other blockbuster action movies.
- Caryn James, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: If I were a 10-year-old boy, I'd probably think it was the coolest movie going.
- David Ansen, Newsweek, Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The least of Roland Emmerich's pictures because it's just unrelentingly stupid for 2 1/2 hours. The level of cheese is just so high that it can't be justified, even by Emmerich's standards; which is saying something. But this is a pop culture classic from the 90s so it has its goofy charms. It was also a milestone in special effects and summer tent-pole releases so you get some nostalgia while watching it. Anyway, it doesn't hold up well to today's standards.
- stevenecarrier, Thursday, October 14, 2010