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Stargate Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    42

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Stargate is like a film school exercise. Assignment: Conceive of the weirdest plot you can think of, and reduce it as quickly as possible to action movie cliches.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Stargate is peppered with numerous minor faults, some of which - although not all - are easily forgiven. It's the bigger plot problems and lackluster climax which are more difficult to excuse.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The arrival of Ra (Jaye Davidson), bearing sci-fi cliches, changes Stargate from a merely hokey movie to one that is truly ridiculous.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Stargate is a blast from the past in many ways, but it imaginatively employs the latest special effects technology to give audiences new thrills. [24 Oct 1994]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see deadly electrocuting ray blasts, explosions, plus some old-fashioned clubbing and machine-gunning.

  • Families can talk about Hollywood clichés. Were there moments in the film you've seen before, such as the Schwarzenegger-style catch phrase uttered before blasting an enemy? How many other movies can you name that use the same conventions? What's the appeal of using clichés rather than inventing new ideas for action movies? Is it just laziness? Or do audiences respond positively to the same familiar themes?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Mild for the genre, but still includes deadly electrocuting ray blasts and explosions and some old-fashioned clubbing and machine-gunning.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A man politely refuses the offerings of a lovely, otherworldly concubine.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man encourages a boy from another planet to smoke a cigarette.

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