Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)



Critic Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possiblites of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.

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Movie Info

Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death Star.more
Rating: PG (for sci-fi violence and brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: George Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia Organa
Alec Guinness
as Ben `Obi-Wan' Kenobi
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Phil Brown
as Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser
as Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis
as Jawa Chief
Eddie Byrne
as Gen. Willard
Don Henderson
as Gen. Taggi
Jack Klaff
as Red Four (John "D")
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Jeremy Sinden
as Gold Two
Garick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
Denis Lawson
as Red Two (Wedge)
Alex McCrindle
as Gen. Dodonna
William Hootkins
as Red Six (Porkins)
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Graham Ashley
as Gold Five
Leslie Schofield
as Commander No. 1
Malcolm Tierney
as Officer in Detention...
Garick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26)

A gigantic, lavish, brilliantly executive old-time movie comic strip.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

[Star Wars] will undoubtedly emerge as one of the true classics in the genre of science fiction/fantasy films. In any event, it will be thrilling audiences of all ages for a long time to come.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Heavy SF readers will recognize each character, every situation by its stock number and almost feel the affection Lucas has for them. There is not the tiniest sniff of cynicism anywhere in this film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The view of outer space is a marvelous one, awe-inspiring in its beauty, and the artists and designers who did the work... deserve as many plaudits as can be thought up.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A mind-blowing spectacle that sends the audience off onto the wondrously strange world of fantasy and satisfies just about everyone's adolescent craving for a corny old-fashioned adventure movie.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope


It is not a perfect film--unlike its successor--but still legendary with a powerful story, engaging characters, and brilliant writing.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

The most incredible special effects for the time, but the story is poorly conceived/developed and lousy acting by Fisher and Hamill. Really, if it weren't for the then-ground-breaking special effects, I'd give this a sub-par rating.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The start of an amazing mythology, and the beginning of one of the most well known movie franchises of all time. This story tells the journey of how a young man gains knowledge of the universe he lives in, and becomes a force to be reckoned with. It is classic storytelling at it's finest. It may not have perfect dialogue, and the action is a bit weak for most of the film, but in the end, that is not at all what matters. The characters, the world, and the meaning behind everything is what really sticks out, and I love this film for that. A movie does not have to be perfect, to feel perfect. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" is fantastic filmmaking and perfect storytelling!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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