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.
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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
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.
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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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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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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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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Compelling backstory, exciting action and pleasantly archetypal characters.
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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.