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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Critic Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
What I can't comprehend is why the political details had to be so tedious and abstract. Will the kids of our nation and the world truly be titillated by trade wars and the spectacle of a do-nothing Senate?
Look, I wanted to love The Phantom Menace, too. I was an adolescent boy and would enjoy being one again for a couple of hours. But the movie has a way of deflating all but the most delusional of hopes.
Mr. Lucas is not without a certain technocratic sagacity, but I don't think he's communicating even with the young as astutely as he once did.
There was a soul - a spiritual momentum - to the original trilogy that this new film lacks.
Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
It's not a bad movie, just heavily flawed. Its acting and dialogue can be cringe-worthy, but its high points still make it an enjoyable cinematic experience. It is overall a visually-dazzling film with a stunningly complex plot and heart-pounding action sequences.
Filled with horrific dialogue, laughable characters, a laughable plot, ad really no interesting stakes during this film, "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is not at all what I wanted from a film that is supposed to be the huge opening to the segue into the fantastic Original Trilogy. The positives include the score, the sound effects, and most of the visual effects, which provide some great eye candy for audiences, but if that's all the film has, then what the hell is the film's purpose? I don't have anything else nice to say, and I could rant for days, so I am stopping here. This film is a complete mess in every way.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Quotes
|Darth Maul:||At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.|
|Boss Nass:||Binks! Yousa haveda liveplay with thisen hisen?|
|Jar Jar Binks:||Ah-huh.|
|Boss Nass:||Begone wit him!|
|Anakin Skywalker:||You're a Jedi Knight, aren't you?|
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||What makes you think that?|
|Anakin Skywalker:||I saw your lasersword. Only Jedis carry that kind of weapon.|
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||Perhaps I killed a Jedi and took it from him.|
|Anakin Skywalker:||That's not true. No one can kill a Jedi.|
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||I wish that were so.|
|Queen Amidala / Padmé Naberrie:||You've never won a race? Not even finished?|
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