That review was brutal, yes, but completely unsurprising. Not even having experienced it for myself could I shake my head and disagree with Simkins' amusing and sarcastic insights.
But hey!! I've seen in some form or another 'Independence Day' at least a dozen times, ditto 'Pearl Harbor' and 'Day After Tomorrow', so one way or another Emmerich is going to suck me in, eventually. And the reason I'll watch and probably enjoy is because I know it wont be a boring doco, it will be the entertaining piece of rubbish that this particular director is quite good at presenting.