Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie. I don't have to tell you why it's great. You know why it's great. Instead, what follows is a list of very personal moments.
| Original Score: A+
There is a charm and vitality to Raiders of the Ark, which Spielberg later admitted was "the first movie where I actually shot the movie without thinking".
| Original Score: 5/5
Harrison Ford embodies the persona of Indiana Jones with perfection and paves him as an iconic hero.
This film is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption -- the modern high action adventure against which all others must now be measured.
Hold on tight, because it starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be.
| Original Score: 4/4
As action adventure goes, it's about the best there is.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven Spielberg's rollicking adventure yarn still looks buoyant and dashing after 30 years.
The boulder has never looked bigger, the guns have never sounded louder and Indy's whip has never cracked sharper than they do here.
If Lucas is Raiders' guts and Kasdan its head, then Spielberg is its beating heart. Little wonder Part IV is still on the cards.
Raiders is a classic and repeated viewings, especially when presented properly on the big screen, only reinforce this further.
Breathtakingly efficient, immaculately constructed... This is the ne plus ultra of blockbuster filmmaking.
| Original Score: 10/10
Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all -- or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old.
It is the classic film [by] Lucas, Spielberg...back before they were replaced by automatons put here by aliens.
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
Justifiably one of the most indelible adventure films in cinematic history...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.