Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
April 30, 2015
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
What places it a sizable cut about the routine is its spectacular visual effects, the best since Stanley Kubrick's 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 18, 2013
There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset.
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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
George Lucas, who made American Graffiti, has put together a sci-fi film that draws on any number of associations. Star Wars is both amazing and familiar.
Robert Hatch
The Nation
January 14, 2013
All in all, it is an outrageously successful, what will be called a "classic," compilation of nonsense, largely derived but thoroughly reconditioned.
Matt Springer
Common Sense Media
July 21, 2011
Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
March 30, 2011
Like it or not, Star Wars is a seminal movie that began a whole cycle of sci-fi works and also launched the careers of many actors and craftsmen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
First of a sci-fi phenomenon, #4 in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 7, 2010
Lucas consegue imprimir energia à direção e estabelece seus personagens como figuras imediatamente icônicas, mesmo que, aqui e ali, seus péssimos diálogos comprometam a experiência.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 5, 2009
It is a sweeping epic with classical themes lifted from the teachings of Joseph Campbell, but it maintains strong central characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
After Star Wars, movies not only spawned profitable kids' toys; they merged with kids' toys, and basically became toys themselves.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
It has shaped our imaginations, our inner worlds. The series may be over at last, but the Force will be with us always.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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TIME Magazine
August 13, 2008
A grand and glorious film that may well be the smash hit of 1977, and certainly is the best movie of the year so far.
Steve Biodrowski
July 13, 2008
On the basic level of simple entertainment it succeeds as well as any film ever has.

March 4, 2008
So, is this the best film of all time? Certainly not. But it definitely is one of the most enduring, and it's hard not to be seduced.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.D. Murphy
February 19, 2008
A magnificent film. George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Has distinct limitations, but the current return to a cinema of spectacle and wonder is wholly encouraging.
Michael Dequina
September 15, 2005
Puts most recent 'epic' blockbuster mediocrities to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
One of those few films that you can expect to find in almost anyone's collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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