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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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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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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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San Francisco Chronicle

A nice gift for science fiction fans.
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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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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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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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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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