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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 11, 2016
His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 14, 2015
The technical wizardry of the action scenes are ultimately more important than the story and reason enough for nonbelievers to see and enjoy the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 16, 2015
Allowing for some dull moments, this movie has considerable visual style.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 16, 2015
Lucas' obsession with digital technology has obliterated the saga's last remnants of human purpose and turned his once mesmerizing space opera into a pure, dehumanized cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 16, 2015
In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas' lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2015
It's still a rush to sit in a packed theater (equipped with THX, naturally) when that first blast of John Williams' fanfare sounds. Then you have to endure the rest of the movie.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2015
You can't blame actors, particularly young ones, when the words put in their mouths are almost unspeakable and the direction seems to suck them dry of energy or spontaneity.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
This time the exposition is so thick that everyone except acolytes may tune out.
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Dominic Wells
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Christensen is a winning mix of sultry and sulky as the now older Anakin, while McGregor is finally beginning to relax as the mentor who understandably refuses to treat his moody pupil like a grown-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 13, 2002
Lucas has never been able to conjure another Han Solo, a character who could, with simply a wink, remind us that this was just an overgrown Saturday afternoon serial.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
The good news? Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones is eons better than Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. The bad news? It's still not very good.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 19, 2002
A commendable example of the sort of movie we once loved and then outgrew.
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May 17, 2002
The scale of the enterprise is thrilling; it's too bad the movie is so muddled on so many different levels.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 17, 2002
The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones have reduced the franchise to, well, a franchise.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 17, 2002
Hold on to your No-Doz: Another Star Wars is here.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2002
Unlike the first Star Wars, made for a general audience in search of a good time, Attack of the Clones is pitched to a cult audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 16, 2002
Watching Attack of the Clones is like getting rapped on the head with a rubber mallet -- no lasting damage (I pray and hope), but bad enough to bring on an acute bout of dizziness and disorientation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
May 16, 2002
Yes, Episode II is beautifully rendered and better than the last. It's also duller than Tatooine's desert landscape until the last half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 16, 2002
Takes itself on a dazzling, digital tear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 16, 2002
To borrow from Yoda-speak: Much to desire we still have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2002
It's too long, it's too dull, it's too lame.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 16, 2002
By going forward into the past to create a 'prequel' trilogy, Lucas has trapped himself in a fundamentally anticlimactic venture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
May 16, 2002
Instead of zesty and daring, Attack of the Clones is often labored and stiff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 16, 2002
This is a fantasy with no poetry in it, which explains why barely a frame of it stuck with me after I left the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 15, 2002
Clones is more star chores than Star Wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 15, 2002
At its best, it recaptures the sense of fun we got from the first movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 15, 2002
Will it win new Star Wars acolytes? Probably not. Will it please Star Wars loyalists? Without a doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
May 15, 2002
It's a mixed bag, but not as dreadfully mixed as the last one.
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May 15, 2002
It's dark but has wonderfully funny moments; you care about the characters; and the action and special effects are first-rate.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 15, 2002
No screen fantasy-adventure in recent memory has the showmanship of Clones' last 45 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 15, 2002
The computer generated sets may amaze, and computer-generated characters blend seamlessly with live actors. But it is the return of the humans that makes Clones work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 15, 2002
Attack of the Clones is a triumph of technology over humanity, and if it falls short of a completely fulfilling experience, it also achieves the kind of primal emotion movies were invented for: wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 15, 2002
Too close to Phantom Menace for comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 14, 2002
Lucas has in fact come closer than anyone could desire to the cheap, graceless, hackneyed sci-fi serials of the '30s and '40s.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 13, 2002
It's a lot of fun and there's a lot of great action sequences.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2002
For those of us who respond more strongly to storytelling than computer-generated effects, the new Star Wars installment hasn't escaped the rut dug by the last one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2002
This movie should thoroughly please old fans and even create new ones, even if it probably won't win over critics who believe the series has turned into the movie equivalent of a slick, vacuous theme park.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 13, 2002
A decidedly mixed bag.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2002
In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2002
This thing will have your mind glazed over faster than a glob of dough in a Krispy Kreme plant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 13, 2002
Much-anticipated and ultimately lackluster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2002
Lucas' gift for animating the inanimate turns out to be paralleled by a tendency to deaden what should be completely alive.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 13, 2002
On a purely visceral level, Clones is a delightfully rousing, eye-popping, crowd-pleasing homage to Saturday-morning serials of the '30s and '40s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2002
The Force against dullness is finally goosing George Lucas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2002
Episode II-- Attack of the Clones is a technological exercise that lacks juice and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 10, 2002
George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 9, 2002
I'm tempted to quote an evergreen Public Enemy song: don't believe the hype.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2002
Other than McGregor, who continues to cut a dashing figure as the sagacious Jedi, the movie is plagued by bad acting.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 8, 2002
Here we are again: not entertained, not nearly enough, by an installment of the Star Wars epic that, for the first time, exhibits symptoms of... nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 24, 2002
At the end, when the now computerized Yoda finally reveals his martial artistry, the film ascends to a kinetic life so teeming that even cranky adults may rediscover the quivering kid inside.