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Barry Levinson

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About the Movie

Terrifying underwater action-thriller! Superstars Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson star in this thrilling adaptation of the Michael Crichton ("Jurassic Park," "Disclosure") bestseller as a group of scientists recruited by the Navy to conduct a secret underwater mission to explore an alien spaceship and discover it's an American ship returned through time from the future and entombed by an alien sphere. Their mission turns terrifying when they unknowingly develop the power to manifest their worst fears. Directed by Oscar-winner Barry Levinson. Co-starring Grammy-winner Queen Latifah ("Living Single") and Liev Schreiber ("Scream").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An empty shell. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: As the umpteenth entrant in the We-Are-Not-Alone sweepstakes, Sphere feels awfully familiar because it is. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Nov 5, 2008

Rotten: Sphere winds up just a load of balls. – Charles Taylor,, Nov 5, 2008

Rotten: The ending, though emotionally satisfying, collapses under scrutiny. This lack of payoff is a real flaw in a film pitched to a discriminating sci-fi mentality. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews

The limit is only five stars!

This movie goes off the charts. Its a great movie, but the book is better. I still love it!

Been waiting for this..

I get chills watching this movie. It is SO good! I cannot write a review to do it justice. You just have to see it. I am so happy it has finally been added to iTunes too.

A yawner with poor casting

The book was great, the movie not so much. Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone were really poor choices for these roles. They obviously needed the camera on them and it detracted from the rest of the movie. Too much emphasis on talk and not enough on the surroundings.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1998

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