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Stargate (1994)

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Critic Consensus: Stargate has splashy visuals and James Spader to recommend it, but corny characterization and a clunky script makes this a portal to ho-hum.

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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 military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions actually constitute a map to a massive stargate (or interstellar portal). The army sends over resident crackpot colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) to travel through the stargate and see what's on the other side; Jackson accompanies him, and the two men turn up in a desert planet on the other side of the universe, with three moons in its sky. The world in question is ruled by Ra (Jaye Davidson), a hermaphroditic Egyptian sun god, who oppresses hordes of slave workers. Jackson and O'Neill then join forces to help the said workers revolt against their oppressor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Cast

Kurt Russell
as Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
James Spader
as Dr. Daniel Jackson
Viveca Lindfors
as Catherine Langford
Mili Avital
as Sha'uri

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Critic Reviews for Stargate

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (9)

Stargate is a blast from the past in many ways, but it imaginatively employs the latest special effects technology to give audiences new thrills.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The kind of flick where Kurt Russell dispatches an Anubis-looking baddie after first telling him, in the kind of bon mot that elevates the thing an entire letter grade, "Give my regards to King Tut, a**hole."

October 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It works not because ridiculousness is concealed, but because ridiculousness on this scale becomes something else. Don't let anyone tell you that Stargate, lifeless script and all, isn't clunky fun, proudly trembling on the brink of classic camp.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stargate

Silly but enjoyable escapist sci-fi action and by far Roland Emmerich's best film. The big highlights are the awesome special effects and set designs, but I also find the world-building and imaginative genre-mashing (science fiction + action + biblical epic = Stargate) just as compelling. Plus I love the off-kilter chemistry between James Spader and Kurt Russell. I can't help but smile when Kurt Russell utters "Give my regards to King Tut asshole!!" It's a shame Roland Emmerich never returned to the Stargate universe, this film was supposed to be the first in a planned trilogy but Emmerich abandoned it in favor of making "Independence Day", but at least we got the long-running TV show.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

A spectacular and tremendously enjoyable sci-fi epic. An instant classic in it's own right. A wickedly entertaining and explosive action-adventure that's loaded with eye-popping special effects, great humor and non-stop thrills from start to finish. A heart-pounding and mind-blowing action-packed thrill-ride that hits alll the right notes. A full-throttle roller-coaster ride that dose not let up for an instant. James Spader and Kurt Russell are terrific. Director, Ronald Emmerich crafts one of his finest and most incredible movies ever.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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