Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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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
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
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
Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
Top Critic
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
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+

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
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
A.D. Murphy
Top Critic
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.

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 31, 2004

Lucas' trilogy earned its place in eternity not for its mechanical precision, but for its intangible qualities of inspiration and wonder.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 9, 2004

...the key to the movie's success is its creation of a family of characters we can love and believe in.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004

The movie, modeled after old-fashioned Westerns and Joseph Campbell's writings about mythology, also has a sweet innocence.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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