100

Film Threat

Enough about the CGI tweaking, is this film really Lucas's unloved masterpiece? The film that got lost in the shadow of "American Graffitti" and "Star Wars" while, actually, being a better film?
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Testament to the emergence of a visually masterful filmmaker, capable of ingenious, low-tech special effects.
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75

Boston Globe

For someone wanting to get noticed as a filmmaker, George Lucas couldn't have done much better than THX 1138, his 1971 feature debut that starts a limited run today in a new director's cut.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

A nice gift for science fiction fans.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie's strength is not in its story but in its unsettling and weirdly effective visual and sound style. (Review of Original Release)
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70

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The surprising thing about George Lucas's first feature (1971), a dystopian SF parable now digitally enhanced and expanded by five minutes, is how arty it seems compared to his later movies.
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67

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
It's not a question of Lucas' right to revamp his own work -- the movie simply was much better without these absurd additions.
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50

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Reportedly, Lucas has been tinkering with this "director's cut" for nearly two years, so its sound and visual elements -- which were fairly impressive to begin with -- have been markedly enhanced, while new digital backgrounds give the film a more epic scale. Still, it's an extraordinarily unengaging and tedious affair.
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75 out of 100
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