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Stargate (1994)



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This lucrative, elephantine-budgeted sci-fi opus paved the way for director Roland Emmerich's mega-hit Independence Day (1996). The story commences in Giza, Egypt, circa 1928, where an archaeological expedition unearths an ancient ring with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a

Oct 28, 1994 Wide

Jun 17, 1997

Artisan Home Entertainment


All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (20) | DVD (27)

The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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[A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment
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A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment
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Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment
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"Has matured wonderfully, sustaining as a curious genre exercise in blockbuster yearn marked by surprising buoyancy, madly entertaining performances, and a fertile cinematic imagination behind the camera not yet corrupted by massive box office success."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment

Still, this is a decent little diversion, the kind of pure popcorn fodder that would find a far more ballsy form when Will Smith took on city-sized flying saucers in Independence Day.

October 27, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment
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The Original one was watchable and I like James Spader.
February 19, 2008
No, it's not the best movie ever, but it's a near perfect popcorn movie. One of the few times that Roland Emmerich didn't try to become too self important. Kurt Russell and James Spader were great together and really made the movie enjoyable. The plot was also really well done and brought something new to the sci-fi
November 18, 2009

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