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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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 Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 30, 2012
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/10

December 13, 2013

Has a film director ever induced such terrible performances from such great actors? Liam Neeson - wooden, Ewan McGregor - monotone and the Oscar winning Natalie Portman - a speaking alarm clock!

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 1/10

March 8, 2012
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

It's difficult to discern precisely where this all went wrong, and even more difficult to speculate about possible improvements.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

February 5, 2012
Matt Maytum
Total Film

The added visual depth does little to disguise quite how flat everything in between is.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2012
Matt Springer
Common Sense Media

Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks energy of originals.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2011
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Oh George, why?

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

February 10, 2012

The only plus point is introducing newbies to the big-screen Star Wars experience - if the 3D price is right for you.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Eye candy isn't a reward in and of itself--it has to be backed by substance.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2012
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Darth Maul is back, this time waving his wand in 3D. "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" was poorly received by critics when it debuted, so does it fare any better with its new up-conversion? Not really. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C

February 27, 2012
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

You keep looking for the emotional center of the movie and never find it.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Alison Willmore
Movieline

The Phantom Menace, in any number of dimensions, is an exercise in disappointment, a film filled with enough callbacks to the first trilogy to remind you about what you loved about them without adding much of note in all the new material.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 4.5/10

February 10, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Phantom Menace is unlikely to convince folks who waited in ticket lines for weeks that they made the right choice.

January 1, 2000
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine

The Phantom Menace is, at best and worst, a mediocre film-a boring adventure undermined by anemic political theatrics and the rusty artistic tastes of its maker.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 11, 2012
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

For the most part, the sludgy re-processing of the original leaves everything looking as if it was lensed through a wet, worn sock. Only one sequence -- the epic pod race on the planet Tatooine -- goes close to making any worthwhile use of the 3D format

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

February 9, 2012
Rob Vaux
Mania.com

You'll be surprised at how well its assets hold up and how much easier its liabilities slide away as a result. But $15 a ticket? Please George. Some of us have kids to feed... and yours don't need the money.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: C+

February 10, 2012
Jarrod Walker
FILMINK (Australia)

The under-utilised 3D adds little to this prequel, which only serves as a sore reminder of the brilliance of the original films.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 6, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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It is neither captivating nor transporting, for it lacks any emotional pull, as well as the sense of wonder and awe that marks the best works of sci-fi/fantasy.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Too busy and talky by half, overpopulated by a baffling array of aliens and robot 'droids,' The Phantom Menace fails to engage the audience in its mythic quest `to restore balance to the Force.'

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 16, 2012

Irish Times

January 1, 2000

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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