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Independence Day

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roland Emmerich

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About the Movie

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. First thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species who have set out to launch an attack throughout the globe. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington when a band of survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens. On July 4th, humanity fights for its freedom.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

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, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It's the first futuristic disaster movie that's as cute as a button. Which, when all the special effects blow over, is what we Americans like in a monster hit. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: There's precious little reward in plumbing the world-historical implications of the screenplay. – Scott Rosenberg,, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


An absolute classic action movie. Great acting from Will Smith and a great storyline. Special effects are good, when you consider how "old" this movie is. Thumbs up for this.

why can't you buy it?

This movie is good,no it is really good. Infact it is so good that I think itunes should let people buy it not just rent it. What do you think?

Still holds up

Chessy? Perhaps. I can remember like it was yesterday seeing the trailer during Super Bowl sunday 96' and just had to see this. Not only could they release this movie summer 2008, the effects still surpass alot of today's movies. In fact, CG effects look cheap these days and I believe that way back when, they had to push as far as they could with what they had to make it look as cool as possible. Definately one of the movies to define the 90's. Loud & fun.

Independence Day
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1996

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Available Bundle

  1. Independence Day 2 Film Collection, 20th Century Fox Film