88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
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88

New York Post

Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Good enough, but only just. It's got the hardware, but neither the characters, the imagination, nor the resonance one had hoped for.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet.
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51 out of 100
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