Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lucas needs to improve on the plot and character development, but there's plenty of eye candy to behold.

Movie Info

In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful sequels (1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi) that extended the story of the first film, Lucas took some time off to produce movies for others, with mixed success. In 1999, Lucas returned to the Star Wars saga with a new approach -- instead … More

Rating: PG (for sci-fi action/violence)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: George Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
Box Office: $43.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (53)

"Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" got dismissive reviews in 1999, and it deserves the same today. But you probably know that.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Top Critic

You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

This is just another 3D cash grab by George Lucas. If you didn't like the film before, you won't like the film now.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
We Got This Covered

The Force may not be strong in this episode, but it's there.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Anyone hoping the 3D would make-up for the film's many shortcomings, will probably continue to feel cheated by the first Star Wars prequel.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012

We don't want to remember it's pretty bad. Then we do.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
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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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Three Stars!!

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Super Reviewer

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