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Independence Day

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

A disparate ensemble of heroes band together to defeat the alien invaders who are bent on exterminating mankind with formidable firepower.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Nonstop over-the-top fun for teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Independence Day is an action-packed science-fiction film filled with scenes of the fiery destruction of entire cities and the people who live in them, along with smaller scale personal fatalities and some pretty grisly aliens. The filmmakers take pains to introduce some very likeable characters, only to explode them soon afterward. This movie was the gold standard of sci-fi effects and air battles when it was released in 1996, and older kids and teens that have a firm understanding of the difference between fantasy and reality will enjoy the ride. There's some swearing (i.e. "hell," "schmuck," "ass," "s--t," "bastard," "goddamn"), and one short scene takes place in a strip club with scanty costumes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about stereotypes associated with action-disaster movies, as well as how race, class, and gender are represented in Independence Day.
  • How does this film compare with other alien-invasion films?
  • Do you like the mix of comedy and scariness?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 16
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Splendidly cheesy entertainment.

- Carol Buckland,, Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

I forgot that I watched this movie a long time ago. This was pretty good. Ah well Will Smith is in it so that's pretty obvious ;)

- 3niR, Tuesday, June 8, 2010