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Independence Day

Independence Day

1996
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 25m
Mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the end of all mankind. (20th Century Fox)
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Independence Day

1996
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 25m
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Rated 05 Jul 2015
82
51st
For better or worse, this is the ultimate Dumb Hollywood Blockbuster. Welcome to Earf indeed.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
50
10th
If it came on TV right now, and I was sitting in front of a TV, I wouldn't turn it off. And I hate it for that.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
10
8th
Million dollar budget, five cent script.
Rated 04 Jul 2017
77
78th
Roland Emmerich's summer blockbuster alien invasion hit is iconic lowest-common-denominator action/disaster-porn-popcorn-fun. Aiming for Spielberg like blockbusters, Emmerich continually makes cheesy dumb big budgeted B-movies. However besides the then impressive special effects, what makes this terrible script of caricatures entertaining is the actors. In addition to classic Goldblumisms, Pullman the G.O.A.T movie P.O.T.U.S., and a true to life Randy Quaid, but yes; Will Smith is that charming.
Rated 07 Apr 2021
93
87th
A guilty pleasure. Obviously the filmmakers use The War of the Worlds & The Day The Earth Stood Still as inspiration. But they added a mix of fun special effects usually seen in Spielberg and Lucas pictures from the late 70's/early 80's. I get that fanboys have complaints about the computer virus plot, but I'm willing to accept some silliness when I sit down for these types of movies. Especially one with a message on how mankind should put aside petty differences to fight existential concerns.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
40
16th
They hack an alien spaceship with an Apple Macintosh.
Rated 31 Aug 2020
60
38th
Still more scientifically sound than The Man from Earth. And THAT is how you alienate an audience.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
46
15th
Does not even work on the "so crappy that it's good" level. Just overlong and plain dumb, despite a few good moments .
Rated 28 May 2007
7
57th
As a popcorn movie, this is a guilty pleasure of mine, which helps me overlook its many glaring flaws. Loved it as a child and still do, not to mention that I'm a sucker for alien invasion films.
Rated 09 Dec 2012
50
16th
Welcome to Earf.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
42
16th
I liked the part where the thing exploded.
Rated 15 Mar 2022
75
58th
7-year-old me was rocked in the theater. All these years later I finally get what Randy Quaid meant by "payback's a bitch/up yours". It was payback for anal probes! Right? Because aliens do butt stuff
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
7th
Its nice to know that evil aliens run their networks on appletalk.
Rated 13 Mar 2012
63
42nd
This has not aged well. Goldblum plays a mean Goldblum, but otherwise there's not much to see here. Also, you ever notice how many of Roland Emmerich's movies are times or dates? Seriously: 2012, 10,000BC, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day. That's kind of weird, right?
Rated 26 Feb 2007
71
60th
Yea i guess its silly and some of the major plot points are ridiculous, but I still think it's really entertaining and fun. WELCOME TO EARF.
Rated 08 Apr 2012
80
88th
With lines like: "Welcome to earth", "Now thats what I call close encounter" and "In the words of my generation: Up yours!" this must be one of the cheesiest action movies ever. And a computer virus - seriously!? But that doesn't change the fact that whenever its on TV I still watch it cause its damn good entertainment and it will forever stand as one of the movies that blew me away and kickstarted my interest in films as a boy!
Rated 21 Jul 2007
15
13th
Burn the flag.
Rated 31 Jan 2009
30
6th
Formulaic in that Will Smith and his agent literally calculated what it takes to make a Hollywood blockbuster before making this movie.
Rated 26 Apr 2009
84
62nd
Great action/summer blockbuster movie.
Rated 15 Sep 2020
70
76th
Placeholder review since I haven't watched this in years, though I enjoyed it before and it's a shame that the sequel is terrible.
Rated 13 Nov 2014
59
21st
Perfect example of a movie that attempts to deflect every criticism by screaming "it's a dumb popcorn movie for the dumb masses!" Mostly succeeds though which is both enjoyable and kinda sad. It's passable in its own right but also heralds a kind of downhill for dumbed down mass entertainment.
Rated 22 Sep 2014
68
52nd
Will Smith makes almost anything he's in better than it would otherwise be. Case in point
Rated 13 Jul 2010
40
28th
They blow up stuff - which is good. They also try to sell the idea that a virus for Windows can take down an alien civilization. This is not so very good. Some might even call it slightly dumb. But hey! A charming Will Smith, a cameo by Brent Spiner, and the 'WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT' speech by an otherwise pretty weak Pullman! Bottom line: If you're one of those that never cared for this 'story thing' that some reviewers tend to rave about, you might just enjoy yourself!
Rated 26 May 2009
60
43rd
"WELCOME TA ERFF!" Beyond Stargate. this is Emmerich on top of his game, blowing up American landmarks like only he could. The movie harbours some absolutely iconic imagery, over-the-top though it may be. It's a big dumb summer movie, but it's not mind-numbingly stupid like some of Emmerich's later fare (Day After Tomorrow, namely). Not as often, anyway. It's a fun flick, so long as you're willing to turn off your brain and go along with it.
Rated 12 Jun 2016
4
43rd
Since the first time I saw it way back in fifth grade I've always found this to be a pretty overrated 90s "classic" that in no way measures up to other 90s sci-fi films like Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park (or, in the few years after, Starship Troopers and The Matrix). Pretty thin characters and generic dialogue and action that is mostly just busywork (and, in the moment when the dog jumps away from the explosion, horribly stupid). It's watchable but definitely not a favorite of mine.
Rated 05 Dec 2009
74
77th
Given today's too-much-informed superhero/CGI films, ID feels fresh in its own ANCIENT art of fun. It's so frontally honest -- gay guy with a Donald Duck voice, Jeff being the JP dude, a stripper, a rockstar pilot, a drunk pilot and a pilot president. Every dialogue ends with a punchline, and aerial battles/war room footage look as formal and easygoing as a videogame. Its spatiality is chaotic -- from NY to LA to TX to Area 51 -- but purely Hawksian. Last line says it all: a fireworks spectacle.
Rated 16 Oct 2013
67
6th
This movie did not age well. But it's funny seeing how little Will Smith's acting has changed. Best parts? Will Smith punching an alien ("Welcome to Earf."), Data with long crazy scientist hair, Data getting telepathically possessed, an absurd amount of Jewish humor and stereotype. There are enormous plot holes, but this is a true medallion of the "I don't care it's action" era of blockbusters. I probably scored it too high for nostalgia.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
72
45th
One of the quintessential summer blockbusters, pure silly popcorn entertainment from start to finish. It's an action-packed 90s version of War of the Worlds that promotes patriotism and global camaraderie against the alien invaders. This was the year Will Smith started his meteoric rise to film stardom and his charisma is contagious. Goldblum plays himself and Pullman's speech has become a classic scene; otherwise it's just a fun special effects showcase that should be enjoyed on large screens.
Rated 19 Sep 2011
79
30th
By no means a masterpiece, but it's solid entertainment. Smith is Smith and Goldblum is as good as he usually is as well. Probably one of Roland Emmerich's only decent movies too. If you are looking for some good invasion entertainment and action, this should suit you.
Rated 22 Feb 2013
40
18th
Utterly stupid in too many ways to count. Mindlessly jingoistic. The dog running ahead of an explosion ranks as one of the single stupidest sequences I've ever seen in a movie.
Rated 19 Sep 2018
39
38th
Independence Day is too smart to be a B-movie sci-fi throwback and too dumb to be taken seriously. The art direction is uninspired at best given the pretty decent effects for the time. Combine the wide cast of broadly painted, annoying, and pointless characters to get the purest Roland Emmerich film possible. Although I will still say this is his most competent film, which is a pretty low bar to pass.
Rated 12 Apr 2011
66
33rd
Cracks me up, we can create a virus, put it on a floppy disk, bring it to an alien spacecraft and infect it, saving the planet but I still can't get my PC to recognize my Mac on my network.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
28th
Astoundingly stupid, but completely engrossing and endlessly entertaining. It's also nice to know that aliens are on the internet, as well. That explains a lot.
Rated 04 Dec 2013
50
47th
Independence Day isn't a good movie but it is a consistently entertaining one. If all you want to see is a bunch of action and destruction taking place in large American cities, then you'll likely be content with this film, even if you might hope for more creativity. If you want intelligence, strong characters, a good script, or anything resembling depth, you'll want to look elsewhere. Get yourself in the mindset of a 12-year-old and you might have a good enough time to justify watching it.
Rated 30 Aug 2013
80
57th
This movie is pretty much exactly what you'd want if you're looking for an easy-to-watch popcorn flick. It's got everything. It's got your typical stuttering mega-mind with a crap job that stutters and can hack into a space ship with a paper weight laptop, an ace pilot who yells at dead aliens, an all American president that slings "We Can Do It!" speeches like stones to the third act Goliath, and enough explosions to give Michael Bay an erection. Overall, this movie is just pure sci-fi classic.
Rated 05 Jun 2020
65
64th
About the right balance of American nationalism and stuff blowing up to make for an entertaining 145 minutes of viewing. The special effects are good in that you sense their presence but are not distracted by them (a major issue for the sequel). Will Smith is a likeable world-saving (literally) larrikin.
Rated 01 Jul 2008
100
99th
One of those films that I'll never forget because it instilled in me the genuine senses of fear, awe, wonder, and patriotism.
Rated 28 Dec 2008
24
9th
I couldn't say it better than Boobjuice: Burn the flag.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
Ya this was a pretty slick movie. Will Smith, some alien ass-kicking, fighter planes, the White House getting blown up. It's a formula for one great movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
White House getting blown up by aliens = good times. Lots of action cheese.
Rated 19 Sep 2007
35
2nd
Heavy duty stupid. There was so much about this flag waver, mom, and apple pie nonsense to note in its badness. I think this one ranks up there with Pearl Harbour. Bleh!
Rated 09 Jul 2014
49
26th
Aliens are stupid. Everyone knows that Mac OS always crashes when you go into ludicrous speed. But President Lonestar? Seriously?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
89th
Of all of the movies out there where people fight aliens, this has got to be one of the best. ID4 brings a great cast, awesome special effects, and a cool patriotic story together to make an explosively fun film. Awesome!
Rated 02 Sep 2015
100
91st
The plot for this film is pretty simple, when massive spaceships appear over earth major cities, people of the earth wonder what their intended are. But that soon turns in terror when the ship fire destructive all over the world and puts the mankind of the verb of extinct. The only hope is for a determined band of survivors who united for last strike against the alien invaders before they wipe out the whole human race forever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
4th
Another spectacular shit. President as a top gun? Empire State falling again? Not buying it.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
88
70th
Welcome ta 'Erf!
Rated 30 Sep 2008
63
7th
The special effects are great and the movie starts off good, but as with all Roland Emmerich movies it totally lacks story and that just kills the movie in the end. Uploading a virus into a spaceship, whatever ....
Rated 08 Jan 2007
65
49th
Welcome to Earf.
Rated 26 Nov 2014
3
25th
dumb fun the dog outruns an explosion, goldblum kills the aliens with a mac. you know the deal. it's jingoistic junk and the explosions look cool.
Rated 14 Apr 2014
7
57th
Independance Day is one of the most over the top and thoroughly enjoyable summer blockbusters of all time. This is definitely Roland Emmerich's best work to date and this film works so well and still entertains because it never takes itself seriously. And all of the silliness is forgivable because tonally there's such an awareness of how fun and over the top the experience is. Will Smith, Bill Pulman & Jeff Goldblum are all great and at the time the special effects where certainly impressive.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
0th
I am not american, so I didn't like it ;-)
Rated 22 Mar 2007
43
39th
Independence Day is technically not a bad film, but seems to want to kick itself in the teeth feeling largely like a low end B-Movie with an extravagant budget. Still it does entertain but isn't something you'd really want to watch through twice. There's enough action to make it a mostly decent viewing though, if you can bring yourself to ignore the whole incomprehensibility of the "World Peace To Fight Aliens!" ideologies. As a brainless action film, it's good enough.
Rated 27 Jan 2007
65
57th
Maybe the best popcorn movie ever. Always entertaining, no matter how many times you watch it. Also, welcome to earf.
Rated 15 Aug 2014
70
22nd
Loved it as a kid but the two hours plus running time is just brutal. Still, Devlin and Emmerich can be proud of this one as opposed to all of the crap that has come from them since.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
22
5th
Big, noisy movie that's probably only really worth seeing in a theater. A weak script and worse dialogue really kill this, as does the usual Will Smith-ness of the movie, along with production values that are trumped by current episodes of 24.
Rated 18 May 2008
90
86th
Dumb yet very exciting movie. Should probably only be seen on the big screen, as the small screen will play down this movie's virtues and magnify its faults in a much more serious way than with something like, say, _The Remains of the Day_. I actually found myself going, "Whoooooooaaahhhhh" at many of the FX scenes. I hadn't whooooooahhhhhed a movie for ages beforehand
Rated 01 Jul 2011
12
3rd
So very awful. I know it's sci-fi/fantasy, but nothing anyone says or does is the least bit plausible. Still worse is that NONE of the actors, save Jeff Goldblum, were permitted to rise above caricature and/or self-parody. Sample dialogue: "I'm not Jewish," to which Judd Hirsch was REALLY required to reply with, "Nobody's perfect." [*shudder* with simultaneous *eye-roll*]
Rated 28 Jul 2010
60
38th
Will Smith Punching Aliens In the Fucking Face
Rated 16 Nov 2016
84
88th
One of the pinnacles of the 90s era blockbusters, Independence Day gave us the iconic image of the White House being destroyed by Aliens and also helped launch Will Smith as a major movie start. 20 years later, the movie still holds up. The FX are still impressive, and as popcorn entertainment goes ID4 (as it was known) hits all the right spots, with action, humour and a selection of likeable and memorable characters (Goldblum, Smith and Quaid).
Rated 25 Feb 2007
70
52nd
It's a fun action movie with snippets of humour. Don't expect anything logical or sophisticated and you'll be entertained.
Rated 03 May 2023
35
55th
A little white First Daughter and a little black son of an exotic dancer comfort each other, and two teens communicate that it's okay to be virgins even if the world might end. The American president in a fighter jet leads the world's assault against invaders by example, and a disgraced Nam vet and errant father regains his glory with a sacrifice. A wholly violent and ravenous foreign enemy that would use up the earth's resources is entirely destroyed. America! Stupidly jubilant jingoistic fun
Rated 08 Jan 2017
65
35th
I give it as high as 65 because of the trend-setting special effects, good action, and Will Smith. But, no mistake, this is cheese. The ending is just - what's the educated, technical term I'm looking for here - stupid. But if you like cheesy sci-fi you should like this movie.
Rated 05 May 2008
75
35th
Sometimes, a man just wants entertainment.
Rated 16 Nov 2013
10
7th
Anyone who thinks Will Smith says "welcome to earf" must have had the KKK hood blocking their ears. Independence Day is proper American propaganda: there is no way communicating with our enemies, they want our complete destruction for no reason and we simply must defend ourselves. The movie is overly long while being too simple to justify it and the scope of the movie varies wildly. There's just too much going on with too little happening.
Rated 12 Feb 2010
40
4th
Soulless Hollywood trash with Jeff "collagen lips" Goldblum in his usual quirky intellectual role and Will Smith in his jive talking black guy role. The marketing campaign for this was legendary as it was the moment when viral marketing was starting to develop.
Rated 12 Nov 2012
50
14th
Will Smith punches an alien!
Rated 22 Apr 2007
2
21st
Mildly entertaining.
Rated 01 Aug 2018
82
56th
Standard action flick, but the Jewish stuff is STRONG.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
50
38th
Just dripping in horrible patriotic rubbish, 'Independence Day' has enough mindless fun and memorable scenes to make it quite an entertaining watch despite this. Visually impressive in its day, it lacks a bit of "oomph" nearly 15 years later.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
78th
I think this is a fun afternoon film to have on. It's silly at times, but the energy is there and acting isn't half bad.
Rated 10 Nov 2009
35
35th
Quite boring
Rated 29 May 2020
40
46th
This was an ok movie. I remember all the hype surrounding this when it first came out.
Rated 28 Jan 2007
35
8th
Such a stupid movie. In one way, it's stupid enough to be enjoyable. In another way, it's too stupid to be anything but stupid.
Rated 05 Jul 2008
40
11th
When I saw that alien get punched, I was like "Damn!"
Rated 13 Mar 2008
80
56th
A b-movie of epic proportions. Big, dumb, ridiculous fun. They didn't intend for it to be taken seriously right? RIGHT?!
Rated 05 Dec 2006
50
41st
Laughably stupid but generally pleasurable alien attack action picture that raised the bar for the type of city destruction that director Emmerich seems to have patened by now. A journeyman cast does either their best or their worst with the material.
Rated 12 Nov 2012
25
17th
Really damn long and really damn stupid. It's not poorly made, just poorly conceived and it'll make you suffer (for 2 and a half hours) for that fact. I expected far more entertainment from a cast this solid, which I guess is true for all Emmerich's films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
80th
Great special effects for the time. A little over the top at some parts, but again, an 'entertainment' movie that I really enjoyed.
Rated 09 Aug 2017
74
79th
Probably the best thing Emmerich has ever done: one absolutely entertaining and even epic alien invasion, with engaging characters and even touching moments all around.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
79th
He isn't Ian Malcom anymore, but Jeff Goldblum does good anyway. Pluse, the white house gets blown up.
Rated 13 Dec 2016
40
22nd
It's been twenty years? Now I feel even older than usual. Although I'd like to think I've aged better than this movie. Maybe if they had put some actual characters in there, rather than cardboard cut-outs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
12th
Another waste of big budgets. They sorta ripped off H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, but who really cares.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
32nd
Entertainging and filled with some intense visuals. It loses power with too many subplots and extemporaneous characters, but it's still some of the best bombastic fun you can have with a movie.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
14
3rd
I wanted the aliens to win.
Rated 03 Feb 2018
76
69th
I really liked this movie a lot. The special effects and Will Smith were fun.
Rated 30 Jan 2009
10
3rd
Watching shit like this makes me cheer for the aliens.
Rated 04 Jan 2018
85
66th
Some say the film has not aged well. While that could be considered true. It doesn't change the fact that Independence Day is an epic visual experience. A truly exhilarating popcorn flick in every sense of the term. As well as hilariously patriotic from beginning to end. Endless fun.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
57
23rd
Yet more racist anti-British bollocks at the end, more Jingoist American balls throughout. Saved by the White House going PHOOM in a big way.
Rated 06 Feb 2011
100
93rd
I enjoy these movies for there epic styles. It is not deep or though provoking but a wonderful action ride. It is a rollercoaster ride of fun if you like this type of movies.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
40
25th
I thought it was pretty cool when I was ten
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
33rd
Big dumb entertainment.
Rated 06 Jun 2009
100
99th
great movie
Rated 10 Jul 2012
68
49th
The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
19th
Aliens come, things blow up, blah blah. The end.
Rated 23 Sep 2015
5
24th
All of the ingredients are here for a classic blockbuster sci-fi: The U.S. president, the army (Smith brings the swagger), and the science-y guy (Goldblum is hilarious), with dashes of personal side-plots; aliens, missiles, and explosions; a back-and-forth first act introducing the different players and places and a big triumphant climax. It's cliche, has some questionable SFX, and lacks action, but with a good helping of memorable characters and humourous dialogue, it remains entertaining.
Rated 14 Dec 2009
82
31st
How can you not love a Air Force jet taking on a gigantic space ship??
Rated 31 Mar 2010
85
48th
cool movie, but nothing spectacular
Rated 02 Sep 2015
60
48th
I'll give it that a lot of effort was put into this film and also it is a guilty pleasure for many. But stereotypical charterers, wonky plot and shitty pacing ruin the film for me.
Rated 08 Apr 2017
92
63rd
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Rated 12 May 2008
25
0th
shame on you nationalist-alien-hunters!

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