The People vs. George Lucas Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 4, 2012
A surprisingly level headed exploration into the revolt of a fanatical fan base towards their messiah that is funny, insightful and just a tad silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
John Gholson
Cinematical
February 10, 2012
For disillusioned fans like myself, it's a unnecessary reminder of the things you hate about a thing you used to love.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
An outstanding look at the enormously dysfunctional relationship between a creator and his adoring fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 4, 2011
Really a testament to the hollow fruitless worship of the Star Wars Saga...
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
October 28, 2011
The visionary behind 'Star Wars' could learn a thing or two from the smart, and richly comic, documentary The People vs. George Lucas
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Filmcritic.com
October 25, 2011
A skillfully edited, wide-ranging look at a subject that's very close to many movie fans' hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago
September 14, 2011
A devastating indictment of our modern geek culture of entitlement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... The Modesto Merchandiser did a generation's imagining for them and left these kids with a mortgage sized bill for services rendered.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 17, 2011
Eentertaining if mildly worrisome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
This look at Star Wars fanatics and their love-hate relationship with George Lucas turns out to be more interesting than most fanboy docs because director Alexandre O. Philippe touches on some fairly knotty matters of film history and creative ownership.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 26, 2011
This thoroughly entertaining documentary will appeal mostly to people just like me: those who were total Star Wars obsessives starting back in 1977.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 14, 2011
The nerd-rage on display when discussing Lucas' ceaseless tinkering with his films -- to say nothing of the midi-chlorians debate -- is ... plenty entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 13, 2011
Entertaining...Director Alexandre O. Philippe incorporates an impressive amount of footage not only from the "Star Wars" movies but from the many fan films and spoofs that have been produced.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2011
You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods - and beyond - were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 7, 2011
If you're a Force completist, this is as crucial as a bootleg of 1978's "Star Wars Holiday Special." Which, by the way, was awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
May 7, 2011
It catalogues and recalls events so vividly that it will become a communal experience for those with conflicted feelings about Luke, Han and those stupid, furry things from Episode VI.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 6, 2011
There's a lot of anger floating around in "The People vs.," but Mr. Philippe somehow manages to make the overall tone good-hearted, and he ends on a sentimental note of exasperated love for the man frequently referred to as "the creator."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2011
'The People vs. George Lucas" is an open- and-shut case, but that doesn't mean it can't also be an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
May 5, 2011
Despite the provocative title, this Star Wars-themed documentary is less effective as a legal brief than as a portrait of contemporary fandom.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 3, 2011
You'll wish you could escape to a galaxy far, far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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