100

Premiere

Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
An adventure film that plays like an old-time 12-part serial that you see all at once, instead of Saturday-to-Saturday. It's a modern "Thief of Baghdad." It's the kind of movie that first got you excited about movies when you were a kid. (Translation for today's children: It's better than anything on TV.) [12 June 1981]
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100

Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
Spielberg can never top this. Period.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
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100

Variety

Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for the fun.
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100

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
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90

TV Guide

Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.
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90

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
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90 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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