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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 128

Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 28

Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.



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"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" showcases an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away--combining the expansive scope of the "Star Wars" Saga with state-of-the-art computer-generated animation. On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains--led by Palpatine, Count Dooku

Nov 11, 2008


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It moves fast, conquers armies, kicks into hyperspace and spits out idiotic quips with unapologetic cartoon brio.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
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The visuals are worthy, but the big screen brings the movie's script shortcomings and pacing problems into sharper relief.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars comes as something of a surprise: it isn't the most painful movie of the year!

August 19, 2008
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One of the more mediocre entries in the entire Star Wars catalogue.

August 18, 2008 | Comments (3)
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Visually busy and visually forgettable, with a less than engaging story line, and characters who look like anime figures and move like the denizens of Geppetto's workshop, Wars will appeal only to the most tolerant, galactically minded children.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (4)
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The story lacks narrative tension. The dialogue is stilted and overblown, a problem also in some of the live-action incarnations. That, combined with visuals that consistently lack punch, leaves little to engage us.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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It's a film of many firsts, but few of them positive: for the first time in history, we have a Star Wars film that you won't love or hate, but one about which you just won't care less either way.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

A complete gas to more open-minded fans, and assured catnip to children. The occasional sexually-ambiguous Hutt or sassmouthed, premenstrual Jedi aside, it's an exciting picture and a tempting commencement for the TV series.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

70 percent action, 5 percent exposition and 24 percent forced banter ... that's just 1 percent left over for committee meetings and C-Span-worthy parliamentary maneuvering -- proceedings that have so fascinated George Lucas in the past.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

It had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, that label of 'supplement' seems more appropriate for it than 'stand alone film' does.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Feels very much like the television pilot that it is.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

Its elements are actually quite typical of a syndicated cartoon series, aimed mostly at the young'uns and contributing pretty much nothing to the Star Wars mythos.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Despite Ahsoka's cloying presence, The Clone Wars is still easier to take than Attack of the Clones.

November 12, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

xoris kamia prothesi na paei ti mythologia poythena parapera, o Lucas aplos stinei ena kinimatografikis diarkeias, paidikoy prosanatolismoy epeisodio, me amfiboloy aisthitikis animation, gia na doylepsei os launching pad tis kainoyrias, senariaka aneksart

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

This "First Animated Star Wars Movie" does the series no favors, demonstrating why live action trumps animation--at least when the digital beings and creatures are this poorly designed.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

...little plot and almost nothing but redundant action. It becomes tiresome very fast.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Strong new characters are disappointingly thin on the ground.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

If this film is any indication of the quality of the forthcoming television series, it will be blessedly short-lived.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Here are six words that would probably get me tarred and feathered at a comic-book convention: I am sick of Star Wars.

October 18, 2008 | Comment (1)
Palo Alto Weekly

The supposed playful banter between Anakin and the feisty Ahsoka is particularly cringe-worthy.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

The Force has lost its oomph. Lucas and friends have finally gone a franchise too far.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comment (1)
Sydney Morning Herald

Even with the bar having been lowered by the vacuous, overblown prequels though, 'Clone Wars' takes things to crass new lows

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

The action sequences are kinetic and hold the eye, the animation style is detailed and it remains within the boundaries of the canon.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

The best thing about this massive TV pilot-cum-new "Episode" is its potential because even if it's flawed and only partially functional as a film, The Clone Wars embodies one of the essential elements that has for decades sustained the Star Wars saga %u20

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Well, it looks as if George Lucas really has sold Star Wars for the sake of making money off as merchandising. This movie shouldn't have even been released for theaters, it should have just been a special on Cartoon Network. (I'm pretty sure that channel has been declining ever since they got rid of Dexter's Laboratory and Ed, Edd n Eddy.) I couldn't even follow the plot. It had something to do with Jabba the Hutt and his little bastard of a son. That thread even relates to trade routes in the galaxy. So in other words, Jabba the Hutt, the evil and vile space crime lord, needs his son in order to access trade routes for the Jedi. Doesn't that sound like a fun plot?
April 5, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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Star Wars is one of the most well revered Sci-fi films of all time and one of the most well known film series of all time. So the idea of another film seemed like a good idea to expand more on Star Wars history and marketing, but how does this animated pre-prequel hold up.

Star Wars Clone Wars takes place in between after Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and before Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin is a new Jedi Knight and has been given a new Padawan named Ahsoka Tano by Master Yoda. While this happens, Jabba the hutts son was kidnapped and the Jedi are being framed by Dooku and his assassin Ventress for the kidnap.

To think they got rid of Hayden Christensen, Ewan Mcgregor, and Frank Oz was a bit of a disappointment to me in this film, but overall, these new actors did decent jobs, Tom Kane did a surprisingly good Yoda and Nika Futterman did a creepily good Ventress, and is hands down one of the creepiest star wars characters. Also the return of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, and Christopher Lee were good surprises especially having Lee return as Dooku who is still just as good as he was in Episode II. But other than that, theres nothing really left to talk about about the voice actors except for they were decent renditions.

Now the animation is surprisingly decent for a film like this but the problem is that the animation does look stiff at times, but the animation looks incredible in the action scenes and they're close to being just as good as the prequels action, including the lightsaber battles and blaster fights, especially the beginning fight on Christophsis, and the music is very well done and sounds close to John Williams music and makes the battles feel just as grand and big.

I will admit doing an animated Star Wars film is a strange idea and only having a couple of the actors from the past films, I find kind of strange, and even now, I still find it kind of strange, but it is somewhat enjoyable, its a guilty pleasure to me. but it does drag on at a somewhat slow and boring pace. The film may not be fantastic and is definitely the worst of the Star Wars Saga, it did lead to something awesome.
March 3, 2012
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Garbage. Why did they make this??
October 25, 2011
Colin Montgomery

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