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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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June 12, 1981
PG , 1 hr 55 min
4,945 Fan Ratings
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Synopsis: Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant.
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Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
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...
By Luke Y. Thompson
Spielberg can never top this. Period.
By Marjorie Baumgarten
Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
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...
By Roger Ebert
Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and...
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By Vincent Canby
One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever...
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By Keith Phipps
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
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Instant favorite since Sneak Preview
I saw Raiders with a buddy at a sneak preview showing, knowing only what we saw in the black & white, text-only ads (remember newspapers?): "From the creators of Jaws and Star Wars come a new action...
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Rated PG | For Coarse Language and Violence
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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