Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 10, 2003
My big complaint: Take Indiana Jones out of the story, and nothing changes. The Nazis still find the Ark, still open it, still die.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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...
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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
June 16, 2015
Raiders of the Lost Ark has more size than substance but nevertheless it's a delightful special big surprise package of a movie that should turn Indiana Jones into a national figure.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
June 16, 2015
It is intensely watchable, with the relentless accumulation of effects used here for the purposes of eliciting suspense rather than provoking comedy.
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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.
Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
December 24, 2013
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".
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 4, 2013
This film is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption -- the modern high action adventure against which all others must now be measured.
Andy Kurtz
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
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 29, 2012
Raiders is a classic and repeated viewings, especially when presented properly on the big screen, only reinforce this further.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
Hold on tight, because it starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
September 20, 2012
The first and finest Indiana Jones adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 18, 2003
The purpose of the exercise. If you can't love this film, you have no business loving movies at all.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 18, 2011
Breathtakingly efficient, immaculately constructed... This is the ne plus ultra of blockbuster filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
May 6, 2008
The most purely fun movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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