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Stargate

sci-fi & fantasy


On a desert planet on the far side of the universe, Jackson and O'Neil must battle the powerful alien Sun God, Ra. At stake: the freedom of an ancient civilization from slavery and any chance of ever getting home!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    48%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will see deadly electrocuting ray blasts, explosions, plus some old-fashioned clubbing and machine-gunning.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Hollywood clichs. Were there moments in the film you've seen before, such as the Schwarzenegger-style catch phrase uttered before blasting an enemy? How many other movies can you name that use the same conventions? What's the appeal of using clichs rather than inventing new ideas for action movies? Is it just laziness? Or do audiences respond positively to the same familiar themes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    48%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A load of outer space codswallop!

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Classic adventure stroy with lots of sand.

- puffchunk, Sunday, December 2, 2007

3 stars

I didn't go as bonkers for it as a lot of people I know, and there is better sci-fi, but it was pretty good.

- liquidchick76, Monday, September 3, 2007

3 stars

Stargate is the second Roland Emmerich feature, and is a flawed, but somewhat enjoyable effort from a director who is very hit and miss. Stargate is a fun, entertaining picture that is visually stunning and boasts some pretty good performances. Although far from perfect, this film isn't as bad as it seems, but it does have a few weak moments. I feel that that if the script would have been better thought out, this film really could have been a highly engaging, thrilling and memorable sci fi adventure. As it is, it's a good film that unfortunately has a few elements missing to really make it a standout feature. Nonetheless, the film doers boast good action to make up for the weak moments that are found throughout. I really liked the film, and considering it was directed by Roland Emmerich, it's a pretty good effort. There are enough effective moments to keep you interested, but like I said, you are left wanting more as the scripts limitations do show up. The story should be reworked, but overall, film buffs who enjoy mindless action films, should give this film a chance. Even with all its imperfections, Stargate is an underrated film, one that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. There are far worst films out there, and Emmerich has directed far worst movies than this. Stargate, along with Independence Day are his finest works, and display a certain element from a director that most of the time, can't seem to craft a good film. This is good fun with all its flaws, and it's not as bad as what the mainstream critics have said about. Yes, the script should have been better written, with a few revisions here and there, but there's still effective entertainment to be had here.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, November 3, 2013