Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you. Read full review
Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating. Read full review
Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless. Read full review
An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking. Read full review
The computer-driven effects are impressive, but the adventure is hampered by a flat screenplay, dull acting, and just a hint as to why the dark side of the Force will eventually transform cute little Anakin into the evil Darth Vader. Read full review
Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again. Read full review
Fails to recapture the elemental magic of Star Wars, and that, ironically, is because it represents the coarse culmination of the original film's adrenaline aesthetic. Read full review
In the end, Phantom needed more human and less digital scale. The magic of "Star Wars" lay in Lucas' ability to play the human comedy in a fantastic future. With Phantom, he has brought the series to the brink of total artificiality, the future as a video game. Read full review
Good enough, but only just. It's got the hardware, but neither the characters, the imagination, nor the resonance one had hoped for. Read full review
In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet. Read full review
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