Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The Force may not be strong in this episode, but it's there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
It hardly needs to be said that the 3D conversion here is nothing more than proficient, that it adds nothing and actually takes away some of the clarity and vividness of the film's varied colour palette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 11, 2012
It's a nifty enough film that's entertaining but not comparable to the original 'Star Wars.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 10, 2012
The 3D conversion on this film is one of the best I've ever seen... and that's what makes it worth paying some extra money to see it again in the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
February 10, 2012
Naturally, if you already despise everything George Lucas touches, well, these aren't the droids you're looking for. It's more of a 3D party for fans and admirers, playing to the convinced with a conversion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Patches
February 10, 2012
You may never experience this or any Star Wars movie as a cinematic experience ever again. Especially not in theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Katey Rich
February 10, 2012
The 3D conversion isn't going to change your opinion on the movie or give you a whole new moviegoing experience, but it's not bad either.
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Still unsure of the basic mechanics of the plot, drags in places and that Binks chap wasn't just a bad dream, but when it soars, it soars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew McWeeny
February 8, 2012
I will say this: the time and money they spent working on this post-conversion is evident in the final result. It is technically very impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mac Verstandig
October 18, 2008
The special effects are some of the most dazzling and amazing ever seen on the big screen. In addition, the acting is excellent.

March 4, 2008
The horror of Jar Jar Binks aside, there's plenty in Episode I to keep us entertained.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
It's still a galaxy far, far away, and it still looks like nothing we've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's good to have Star Wars -- any Star Wars -- back after such a long time; and it's worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 2, 2006
Despite a shaky start and the presence of questionable elements throughout, by the time it arrives at its finale The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 4, 2005
Lucas has protected his multibillion-dollar franchise by making a film targeted at children. It gives them exactly what they want--eye candy that moves at light speed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Cornelius
May 20, 2005
What's important to remember is that the better moments don't merely balance out the weaker ones - they topple them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2005
What is most striking about Lucas' movies -- all his movies, including THX 1138 and American Graffiti -- is a sort of startling obviousness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
I must take issue with the intense backlash from other critics against the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
No film made could measure up to the avalanche of buzz and craziness surrounding this release. There is plenty of both good and bad news here.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
I enjoyed the film and feel that it established the foundation for many story elements that were curiously unexplained in the previous trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 16, 2012

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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