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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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Vern Perry
Orange County Register
December 21, 2015
Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films.
Ronald E. Butler
Tulsa World
December 21, 2015
Tender loving care abounds in the production... The casting is great, with the inexperienced giving it a naivety that is essential to the story, and the veterans a rock-solid identification with evil (Cushing) and good (Guinness).
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
December 20, 2015
An epic intergalactic masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 17, 2015
...a stirring introduction to such legendary figures as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Martin
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2015
It must be nice to be able to spend $8-million to fulfil your childhood fantasies. George Lucas has that much money because of the tremendous success of his last movie, American Graffiti, and he spent it both wisely and well on Star Wars.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
December 15, 2015
Filmmakers have tried for decades, but they can't make a better space saga. It's the perfect stand-alone science fiction film that's only rivaled by its darker sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Rena Andrews
Denver Post
December 15, 2015
George Lucas, who brought us those memorable kids in American Graffiti, is back with Star Wars -- a film that would captivate the Mel's Drive-In crowd as well as enchant the kid in all of us.
Rip Hotch
Florida Times-Union
December 15, 2015
It's a throwback to that more innocent kind of film, where you know who's good and who's bad, where you boo the villain and cheer the hero...The movie makes fun of those clichés, but director George Lucas must love them too, because he makes them work.
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Bruce McCabe
Boston Globe
December 15, 2015
Star Wars is not a film to be written about, it's an experience. It's that rare experience for both adults and kids that shortchanges neither. Go -- and enjoy.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 14, 2015
The special effects and technical achievement are the greatest ever. Lucas and company have created an unusual and diverse universe and put it before our eyes.Not once is there a feeling of unnaturalness or fakery.
Giles M. Fowler
Kansas City Star
December 14, 2015
The film was made with obvious relish by everyone involved, and it guarantees a mindlessly happy two hours to all who take the time to see it.
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Clyde Gilmour
Toronto Star
December 14, 2015
Proves anew that ticket-buyers young and old in this jaded era will still respond to a strong and simple story about good versus evil with the good guys winning.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
December 9, 2015
Lucas's ingenuity is reaffirmed by Darth Vader's every asthmatic exhalation, by Princess Leia's cinnamon-bun chignons.
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John L. Wasserman
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2015
If anybody wondered where Lucas has been since the release nearly four years ago of American Graffiti, the answer is at hand. Star Wars... is the most exciting picture to be released this year -- exciting as theater and exciting as cinema.
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Joy Gould Boyum
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2015
A gigantic, lavish, brilliantly executive old-time movie comic strip.
October 20, 2015
[George Lucas] has brought us his spectacular universe, giving new life to war stories and knight tales. [Full review in Spanish]
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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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