Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Synopsis
Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
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See it again for the first time!

By Grippy
I don't care how many times you've seen Raiders on TV (I've lost count), you haven't seen it until you see it on a big screen. I saw it last night at an American Cinematheque digital screening at the...

classic

By moviefan.com
enjoy it a lot in the big screen the only bad thing was to come home and see USA channel showing the movies in better HD quality that the theatrical version in the same night...

The Greatest movie of all time

By mrdiff
Spielberg --Lucas and Ford--all came together at the right moment in time to make this all-time classic action adventure masterpiece. The soundtrack by John Willams is great ---the actions pieces...

When movies were good

By JAS1414
Simply said movies used to be good - and this was one of the best, as far as I am concerned you could run classic movies like this a couple nights a week....

IF ADVENTURE HAS A NAME--IT MUST BE INDIANA JONES.

By MCV
What can I say about this movie that hasn't been said? RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is a classic of American film and one of Steven Spielberg's grand slams (with an assist from character creator and...

What's Old Is New--Well Almost.

By Alon Patterson
Lots of fun revisiting this on the big screen. Strange how campy it seems now but it’s definitely a film classic. What an adventure too! Take the kids, the grandkids, or just go by yourself. It's...

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc

By mort_macnair
I thought the movie was awesome in good old fashioned Harrison Ford style. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes action and a younger, hunkier, Harrison Ford!...

a true classic...

By lilybeth
believe it or not, hadn't seen it... LOVED IT!...

Great as it ever was

By Spydercage
Great show!! Great to see the classic back up on the big screen. I caught more watching it this time around then I remember seeing before. The little things that you miss because of laughing or...

The original is still the best!

By maltman1175
Whether it is Ford’s first reveal as Indiana Jones, John Williams’ iconic score, or any of the memorable scenes that are now part of pop-culture history; the chance to see this movie on the big screen...

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Rated PG | For Coarse Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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