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      Sphere

      PG-13 Released Feb 13, 1998 2h 13m Sci-Fi List
      13% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 38% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Sphere features an A-level cast working with B-grade material, with a story seen previously in superior science-fiction films.

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      Desson Thomson Washington Post Ultimately, the explanation we've been waiting for turns out to be just that: an explanation. Jan 8, 2018 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: D Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Todd McCarthy Variety An empty shell. Aug 5, 2008 Full Review Dan DiNicola The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) An undersea, sci-fi, paranoid thriller which packs tension but cannot release the powerful payoff we have a right to expect. Rated: B- Jan 19, 2023 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight Adding to the downfalls is the unavailable chemistry between the leads, Hoffman and Stone. No sparks seem to fly in this relationship and we don’t feel a kinship to either. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia) It pays to be incredibly suspicious of a movie where nearly all dramatic tension is drawn from characters standing around bleeping computer screens and commenting on how bad things look. Rated: 1.5/5 Aug 7, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Gareth T Spoiler Alert!! Space craft is discovered on the sea floor that been there 300 years, team of scientists enter said spacecraft and find fresh footprints on the floor- missed opportunity to add to the tension but story goes nowhere... 2 of the scientists finding the spacecraft's bridge finding a very old dead person and ships log so what do they do as scientists they look at the last log entry... which tells them it was a unknown event, and then they do nothing further, I'm not a scientist but if it was me I'd be looking through every log entry to get more answers, however these scientists don't seem to have any clue about anything including logical decision making!! And this is nub of the entire film... childlike decisions throughout from apparently some of the best scientific minds of the time. The whole thing makes no sense and descends into something low budget, A-list actors in a movie with a B-list if not C-list story. Do yourself a favour if you want something that is actually entertaining and is along the same theme, go watch Event Horizon!! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/08/24 Full Review Willian M This movie is phenomenal. Something unidentified that makes dreams, desires and thoughts come true. This film only reinforces the thesis that humans are self-destructive and that is why the heavenly Father has forbidden any profane knowledge that exists to fall into human hands. I really like this type of movie. Recommended. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/21/23 Full Review Emilliano Jr S Great casts but no jurrassic park magic as Crichton was'nt able to effectively adapt his film. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/10/23 Full Review Jack O When it comes to Barry Levinson doing a film based on a novel by Michael Crichton when they did Disclosure which is a box office success, Sphere was a downfall but this is not the first time that the film from Warner Bros in 1998 did bomb at the box office. Fallen became the first bomb that year but aside from that, those film by that studio'll get a cult following. Now that Sphere came into my attention even though that I've been thinking about that it's scary and boy, was I right. Considering the fact that it's a sci-fi psychological thriller with a few scares. A team of experts, four doctors, Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson and Liev Schreiber and a U.S. Navy Capt., Peter Coyote are assembled and taken to the Habitat near the spacecraft which is been there for nearly 300 years. Norman believes there's been a plane crash but later said there was no plane crash and Barnes said it's a spacecraft crash through underwater. So they got the Habitat, went underwater to look inside the ship and they found a sphere inside it. OK, so I don't mind this movie as such. It's just not as not as good as I thought it would been. It has it's moments like when after Harry went inside the sphere and wakes up, he eats the squid which he hates and then he started choking it out and the scene where the Habitat is on fire caused by an alien intelligence from the sphere "Jerry". They realise that Jerry is able to see and hear everything that happens on the Habitat. Of course the film had some scares like I said and yeah I found it to be an okay film so I guess that's it for me. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/19/23 Full Review Tammy H The effects are great in this movie. The problem with this movie was the storyline was not that good. It will pass the time for you if you have nothing else to watch. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone and Liev Schreiber. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/24/23 Full Review Michael E You know, if this website is teaching me anything, it's that sometimes it's not worth listening to reviews. I've seen this movie several times, and does it have its flaws? Of course. But it's still one of the most chilling films in my memory. Do yourself a favor, ignore the rating, give it a watch, and form your own opinion. Better yet: I just learned it's based on a book. I'm off to read / listen to that, too! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled.
      Director
      Barry Levinson
      Producer
      Michael Crichton, Barry Levinson, Andrew Wald
      Screenwriter
      Michael Crichton, Kurt Wimmer, Stephen Hauser, Paul Attanasio
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Baltimore Pictures, Constant c Productions, Punch Productions
      Rating
      PG-13 (Startling Images|Sci-Fi Action)
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 13, 1998, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $37.0M
      Runtime
      2h 13m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby A, SDDS, DTS, Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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