Me too - I was just out of college at the time.
I thought it was very "fake geekery" at the time, Disnified bullshit, like everything else Disney puts out.
When the movie came out, I'd already been doing optical special effects for a while, and thought the "everything on black" opticals looked cheap and lame - not up to the high standard set by Doug Trumbull with 2001, Silent Running, etc. over a decade before. The work didn't even look as good as Star Wars.
There were maybe a half-dozen CGI scenes, which looked pretty cool to me, but that's about all I could say for the movie.
The plot insulted my intelligence, even then.
The first "all-CGI space footage" movie was, AFAIK, "The Last Starfighter", which featured another insulting plot, though the very cool Robert Preston appears in a key role.
So many of the films of the next 30 years would be weak exercises in filmmaking as excuses to get time on a supercomputer or grid. We shouldn't be celebrating this low-water-mark.