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THX 1138 Reviews

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William Paul
Village Voice
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The empty space surrounding the vulnerable man emphasizes the exertion involved rather than the goal of escape: like the hologram who came to life because he wanted to, THX finally achieves his humanity by an assertion of will.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 18, 2013
David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Slow sci-fi drama for die hard Lucas fans only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Tedious pacing contributes to the confusing nature of the movie, but George Lucas' restored "THX-1138" is essential viewing to distinguish his artistic vision before he transformed Hollywood.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

May 7, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Meditative and downbeat rather than crowd-pleasing, the film includes a few sequences that suggest the direction Lucas career later took.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2007
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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With political paternalism rampant at both extremes of the spectrum, Lucas is onto something. In any case, we'll know for sure in about a generation.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2007
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

Enhancing the film with special effects and a clearer presentation, Lucas has turned something that was relatively unwatchable into something that can endure as a sci-fi classic.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Visually it is often extraordinary, with Lucas playing on perspectives and dislocations throughout, nowhere more brilliantly than in the 'prison' represented by a limbo of whiteness that seems to stretch as far as the eye can see.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Mark Bell
Film Threat

Masterpiece? I'd hazard to say so, for as much of what it says to what it leaves to the viewer.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

A high concept window in on the direction George Lucas could have gone.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2005
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

The general bleakness of the film, its themes and the author's youthful anger could not be erased with digital technology.

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

June 25, 2005
Roger Greenspun
New York Times
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I have a good many reservations about the film's ideas, but they are greatly outweighed by my admiration for a technical virtuosity that by fair means and foul achieves exceptional emotional intensity at the same time.

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

May 9, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

THX 1138 shows that Lucas was once interested in letting actors act, and in letting the audience think for themselves. It reveals just how much his technological toys have crippled him as a storyteller.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B+

February 26, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Lucas' bleak debut is a film markedly dissimilar from his more famous trilogy.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 1, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's colorization in sheep's clothing--don't you be duped into thinking otherwise.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2004
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Neglected on its initial release, this now stands as a classic science fiction movie and one of the most remarkable debuts of the 70s.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2004
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

The thought put into the world of THX 1138 clearly shows a respect for the audience who crave to know more than just basic plot and character development.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2004

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