Critic Review - New York Magazine/Vulture

Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (13)
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Timothy M.

Timothy McLean

The first one was boring. The only reason I could stand it was because Natalie Portman is freakishly hot. The second one was boring until it got into the fighting. This one was entertaining from the start, but nowhere near as good as "A new hope", "Return of the Jedi", or "The Empire Strikes Back".

May 11 - 04:51 PM


Nick Schiller


Jan 23 - 08:41 AM

Mykel M.

Mykel Myers

So true. Sorry to see this huge franchise destroyed.

Sep 24 - 02:25 PM

David B.

David Bastardo

If you have your doubts about this story, I'm pretty sure the novelization will clear your mind to the point you realize Star Wars is a great franchise.

Mar 8 - 06:35 PM

G Bev

Greg Bevier

Really? Read the novelization? I have to read the novelization of a movie in order to understand the "complexity" of the film? If the film can't clear things up for me in two and half hours then it isn't worth having it cleared up.

May 24 - 04:03 PM

Maurice F.

Maurice Frerejean

Firstly, the novels were written before the movies. Secondly, the novel has indeed a better plot/storytelling than the movie, which is purely based on Anakin's actual transformation to Darth Vader and special effects, rather than background storytelling.

Jun 26 - 12:46 PM


Nick Schiller

If I have to read a novel to understand a film, then that's not a good sign. That's the film's responsibility, and if they can't do that, then they've lost my interest.

Jan 23 - 08:39 AM

Norman Dostal

Norman Dostal

maurice-youre an idiot-the novels were not wriiten before the movies-they were written concurrently with the movies, based on Lucas's story-Lucas only wrote Hope-the others were written by other people-I read them all and youre wrong of course-

Jan 30 - 02:01 PM

Thammachart Chantapalaboon

Thammachart Chantapalaboon

Brilliant technician but a poor philosopher? Dude, You're talking about George Lucas, not Michael Bay.

Jul 22 - 07:12 AM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

After the prequels they're the practically the same. Except Michael Bay has awesome CGI in his movies.

Aug 19 - 09:16 AM

Max E.

Max Eisenhardt

This is the worst episode of all... Even Michael Bay couldn't have done it worse.

Aug 19 - 05:23 PM

Bobby Smith

Bobby Smith

It is an alright film, but the prequal trilogy was appauling from the start but because the story is better than the others and it links the two trilogies together, I think it is a good film.

Oct 8 - 01:37 AM


Nick Schiller


Jan 23 - 08:40 AM

Todd Beaton

Todd Beaton

The reviewer here is talking out his ass. The third movie was the best and was total redemption for the Phantom Menace which was mediocre. Attack of the Clones was actually good so if you don't like the last two then you're a complete whiner....something that people seem to suffer from these days.

Apr 14 - 01:57 PM

Jake West

Jake West

I know this is six years post-publication, but I would have never written a review at the time considering I hadn't even graduated from high school yet.

Anyways, Mr. Tucker, if it didn't occur to you that both the Sith and Jedi codes, the philosophies that the two opposite sides are based on, are PURPOSELY fatally flawed, then you still haven't realized the point [theme] of Star Wars...

Jun 26 - 04:16 PM

Dean Hamlin

Dean Hamlin

Let's say that flawed, dueling philosophies are the point of the Star Wars prequels. If that's the case, shouldn't the movies actually develop those philosophies in order to explain why they're flawed?
The sith and jedi philosophies are certainly talked about. But for all the duologue devoted to them, we learn almost nothing about them, really. All we learn about the jedi through the prequels is that they don't like emotions any more than they like conflict.
We learn that the sith (or Palpatine, anyway) believe that everyone should be willing to take what they want at any cost. That's a state of mind, or maybe a principle- not a philosophy.

Aug 12 - 11:04 AM

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