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THX 1138 Reviews

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
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
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
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
Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
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Lucas described THX as 'an artifact from the future,' and we're supposed to struggle for understanding. That's part of its hypnotic undertow.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The whole thing feels like a hypnotic dreamscape, so luminously stark, from its white-on-white abstract sets to the wide-eyed, bald, near catatonic residents of this world.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 13, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's an impressively unified vision, with sterile set design, a wonderfully crisp and creepy sound design by Walter Murch.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

September 11, 2004
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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This new, highly polished upgrade is a nice gift for science fiction fans.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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One of those rare titles that has improved with age.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's strength is not in its story but in its unsettling and weirdly effective visual and sound style.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If Star Wars was Lucas' vision of a Buck Rogers future, THX 1138 is his mordantly funny Metropolis.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

September 9, 2004
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Muddled and hopelessly artsy, but at least Lucas got it out of his system early on.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
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