Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2015
[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.
Adrian Berry
Daily Telegraph
June 23, 2015
It is the best such film since 2001, and in certain respects it is one of the most exciting ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
June 23, 2015
It is competently if not brilliantly mounted, moderately exciting and charmingly capable of poking fun at itself... It's a lot less patronising than most Disney films and toweringly better than the other blockbusters around at the moment.
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
June 23, 2015
Enormous and exhilarating fun for those who are prepared to settle down in their seats and let it all wash over them.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 23, 2015
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.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
June 23, 2015
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.
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Joe Pollack
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 23, 2015
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.
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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
EmanuelLevy.Com
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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