Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace Synopsis
A youth (Mark Hamill) and his allies (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher) fight dark forces.
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Chicago Tribune

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

Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating.
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By James Berardinelli
Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet.
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Jar-jar kicks the a**es everday!...

Deja vu' (In a good way)

By Critic7
When I was 10 years old my parents took me to see the 'Original' Star Wars (Episode IV) Now, 35 years later, I was able to take my ten year old daughter Madison to see Episode I (her first Star Wars...

Converted 3D is not worth it.

By Gareth
While I had no issues with the film lilke so many others did, I went to see the 3D. I am very against converted 3D as if it is not shot in 3D you do not get 3D no matter how many tricks they try. I...

Enjoy it in 3D

By dhopfe
I may not be able to see movies in 3D which I would not be attempting promote this, but since it was Star Wars it is worth it in any event. I am still glad they have movies in 2D. To see a movie in...

Great Family Fun

By gusjr2
Great to see on the big screen!...

Star Wars Fan Must See!

By jlhayward
Although I've seen this movie many times at home and once in the theater when it first came out, seeing it again on the big screen was great! If you're a Star Wars fan, a must see!!...

Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace

By zeugma
It goes without saying that this is/was the worst of the Star Wars saga films. Universally bad acting, even worse than episodes 4-6, and that there is a serious gap in the story line in the mystery...

what 3D ? lol

By CraigBMM1
this converting old movies not shot in 3D to 3D doesnt work .. i was going wth throughout the whole movie .. very little 3D effect. so if your going to see some spectacular...

A classic genre--just not a good part

By lancemit1974
I love the star wars movies and the story is a classic one. I saw all six when they hit the theatres starting in the late 70's. I still get chill bumps when I see the title card come across the...

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Rated PG | For Sci-Fi Violence and Sci-Fi Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks originals' energy.
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