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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
Some of Lucas' scriptwriting is clever, a hip updating of the stilted language of the old Flash Gordon serials. Also, the film is dotted with weird-looking creatures who might have stepped out of the pages of a Marvel comic book.
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.
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Gerald Clarke
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.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
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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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2007
Star Wars is enchanting in the most literal sense of the word. It's pure comic strip fantasy, to be enjoyed even more by nostalgic adults than by wide-eyed youngsters.
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David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Has distinct limitations, but the current return to a cinema of spectacle and wonder is wholly encouraging.
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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2002
It is, all in all, hard to think of a place or an age group that would not respond to the enthusiastic inventiveness with which Lucas has enshrined his early loves.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Lucas fills his screen with loving touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A pop-culture landmark!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A grandiose and violent epic with a simple and whimsical heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
His work here seems less inventive than in THX 1138.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
George Lucas has made the kind of sci-fi adventure movie you dream about finding.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Compelling backstory, exciting action and pleasantly archetypal characters.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A dynamic entertainment, efficiently and exuberantly setting up its mythic tale of heroes and villains, rebels and rogues, princesses and monsters, good and evil.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[Star Wars] is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Twenty years later, George Lucas' loved saga of the war between good and evil in a distant galaxy returns in digitally enhanced and augmented form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Darth Vader and his James Earl Jones voice is a bad egg no matter how much we know about his screwy upbringing.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Backgrounds in some sequences are now more populated than they were, and it's fun to see all the creatures that make up the "wretched hive of scum and villainy" that Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi describes.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
If you want to see the movie that made mild diversion for ten-year-old boys the model of commercial filmmaking, ruling out nuanced characterization and emotions that last longer than 20 seconds, this is where to look.