(1999)

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Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
60
An unpretentious, amusing thrill-a-minute sci-fi horror thriller / monster movie that plugs right into fears of a Y2K crisis.
50
The script, based on a Dark Horse comic-book series, is hugely predictable, but the robot effects by veteran Phil Tippett are nastily entertaining.
30
L.A. Weekly
FX whiz John Bruno (Terminator 2, True Lies) makes a dubious directorial debut here, juggling monsters that are icky but not scary; an out-of-control Donald Sutherland as the tug’s Ahabesque captain.
30
Film Threat
The plot itself is a disappointingly gory concatenation of two recently forgettable sci-fi thrillers; "Hardware" and "Event Horizon."
30
As long on adrenaline and special effects as it is short on genuine novelty and intellectual content.
25
ReelViews
95 minutes of unrelieved tedium.
25
USA Today
The movie was postponed from 1998 and shielded from critics. (They were ot allowed to see the movie before the opening, usually a bid sign.) [15 January 1999, Life, p.8E]
25
Chicago Sun-Times
"Deep Rising" was one of the worst movies of 1998. Virus is easily worse.
25
No one is likely to claim it's a great, or even good, movie, but it does offer some guilty pleasures.
0
The A.V. Club
This suspense-free, originality-deprived mess will likely be a major contender for the title of 1999's worst film.

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