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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

John Anderson
Newsday
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"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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 10, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

February 10, 2012

Time Out
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Charmless, sexless, passionless and robot-humoured, it's preposterously uninvolving.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 2, 2006
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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There are no romance, no humor, ultimately nobody to care about in this oddly sterile movie.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

November 15, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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There is nothing in this noisy, overdesigned bore to equal the excitement generated by the mere idea of the trailer.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

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
John Podhoretz
New York Post
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The Phantom Menace takes twists and turns you don't expect.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Wells
Mr. Showbiz
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This is a franchise in deep spiritual trouble!

Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Who would have guessed that The Phantom Menace would be so incoherent, so completely bereft of a grand adventure's surging thrills?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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It sustains the gee-whiz spirit of the series and offers a swashbuckling extragalactic getaway, creating illusions that are even more plausible than the kitchen-raiding raptors of Jurassic Park.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
Film.com
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This film has a strange air of nada about it.

January 1, 2000
Rod Dreher
New York Post
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Everything about this film is so mechanical you wonder if it was written, directed and acted by 'droids.'

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Visually dazzling, inventive beyond imagining and full of resonant detail that recalls stories told or hints at those to come!

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.

January 1, 2000
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Pure adventure!

January 1, 2000
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
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This isn't a film that will change history the way the first Star Wars did 22 years ago.

January 1, 2000
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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With Phantom, Lucas has brought the series to the brink of total artificiality, the future as a video game.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Too bad writer-director Lucas left out the gee-whiz enthusiasm of the original movies. He also left out memorable characters. He left out the fun.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Many of the scenes feel shapeless and flat-they're not ended, but abandoned.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 1, 2000
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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Far from a shattering blow to my faith in Star Wars, I believe that in time these new films will only make it stronger.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 1, 2000
Ted Fry
Film.com
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A terrific piece of visual entertainment!

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Perhaps Lucas has become too lost in his mastery of computer-generated effects and digital sound to remember that creativity in the movies is not just a technical thing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 1, 2000
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Thelma Adams
New York Post
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What's missing from George Lucas' heralded return to the screen is . . . sex.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Even without aliens, though, the humanity in Phantom Menace would still be hard to find.

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Creating a so-called modern legend, droning on about The Force and all the rest of it, is no substitute for the full engagement of our senses.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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I can't convey the essence of the plot because I wasn't clear about it even as it was happening.

January 1, 2000
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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The wow-factor action is irresistible, and Lloyd is no less appealing than '60s Disney star Kevin Corcoran!

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Though I've been bored senseless by the Star Wars phenomenon for over two decades, I found The Phantom Menace something of a pleasant surprise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
F.X. Feeney
Mr. Showbiz
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A vigorous, romping, hugely entertaining movie!

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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Incomplete, but still fun.

Full Review Source: Film.com

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Film.com
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Story. Character. They used to mean something to George Lucas.

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Even without the pre-release hoopla, The Phantom Menace would be a considerable letdown!

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace seems designed more as a promotion for Lucasfilm's billion-dollar merchandising concerns than a meaningful chapter in the Star Wars canon.

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Lucas has packed it with a carnival of amusing new characters and new versions of old ones.

January 1, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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After waiting 16 years for the overture to this epic saga, this is what we get? An in-progress trade war?

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A testimony to how far special effects have come.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The actors are wallpaper, the jokes are juvenile, there's no romance, and the dialogue lands with the thud of a computer-instruction manual.

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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A solar bore!

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Joyless, overly reverential and impenetrably plotted!

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Lucas' directorial attention is clearly not focused on the cast, most of whom seem slightly adrift.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The line readings of Portman and Lloyd are often flat, or flat-out wrong!

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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An absolute disaster!

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Story. Character. They used to mean something to George Lucas.

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There is a sense of discovery in scene after scene of The Phantom Menace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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
Greg Burk
L.A. Weekly
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I warn you, I'm gonna continue whining about the movie. Just keep in mind that I liked it.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Spectacular yet remote.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
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Delivers exactly what every kid of any age wants: wows. And plenty of them!

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic

January 1, 2000
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Phantom had me from the moment it touched down on Naboo.

January 1, 2000
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