Raiders of the Lost Ark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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Top Critic
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
May 27, 2008
The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 26, 2008
Justifiably one of the most indelible adventure films in cinematic history...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 22, 2008
It's the perfect vacation-time movie: not a serious moment in its whole two hours but so crammed with laughter, thrills and cinematic sleight of hand that audiences will be sorry when it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2008
Lost Ark holds up for many reasons, not least of which is because of Spielberg's consummate skill as a visual storyteller and his ability to draw charged performances from his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 14, 2008
The postmodern heir to North By Northwest...Like any deathless classic, Raiders is a perfect marriage of star and material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2008
...despite the fast pace, the movie is never frenetic or tiring, just pure, unadulterated fun throughout. (Blu-ray edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
May 6, 2008
The most purely fun movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 6, 2008
...lets us indulge in childish thrills without feeling silly about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 8, 2008
Vastly entertaining, Spielberg's adventure herladed a new breed of Hollywood blockbuster (and event film), a tale that combines classic Hollywood story-telling, playful postmodern sensibility and spectacular stunts presented in rapid-fire pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Film4
March 4, 2008
Unrivalled entertainment.
February 15, 2008
perhaps the greatest adventure movie of all time
| Original Score: 4/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
With an unforgettable opening sequence in which our hero flees through a trap-filled tunnel from a great ball of rock, Raiders Of The Lost Ark is a film which wastes no time and never lets go of our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Klain
Variety
June 28, 2007
...a crackerjack fantasy-adventure that shapes its pulp sensibilities and cliff-hanging serial origins into an exhilarating escapist entertainment that will have broad-cased summer audiences in the palm of its hand.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 28, 2007
One would think that a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would produce something better than this giggly pastiche of a Republic serial...
Andy Kurtz
Bullz-Eye.com
February 3, 2007
What follows is one breathtaking action sequence after another, each one surpassing the next in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 7, 2006
New Hollywood moguls Spielberg and Lucas teamed up to create the first -- and best -- of their extremely popular plunderings of old adventure serials ... In retrospect, it also appears as a precise pop-culture inauguration of Reagan-era retro Americanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rod McShane
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Whether you swallow it or not, see it for a handful of totally unexpected visual jokes, worth the price of admission alone.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
November 7, 2003
Classic action set pieces, Harrison Ford at his swashbuckling best, Old Testament spirituality, and a satiric jab at Nazi anti-Semitism.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2003
This is the kind of movie that, even today, audiences immediately fall in love with. It has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 27, 2003
Throughout the film, Spielberg evokes the kind of armchair-clutching action sequences that remind us why they're called motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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