Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Critic Score

57%

User Score

60%
In theaters May 09, 1999
PG, 2 hr. 11 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the
Director: George Lucas
Rated: PG
Running Time: 2 hr. 11 min.
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Theater Release: May 09, 1999
DVD Release: Oct 16, 2001

Cast

Liam Neeson

Qui-Gon Jinn
Ewan McGregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman

Queen Amidala/Padme
Jake Lloyd

Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid

Sen.Palpatine/Darth ...
Ray Park

Darth Maul
Samuel L. Jackson

Mace Windu
Pernilla August

Shmi Skywalker
Terence Stamp

Chancellor Finis Val...

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lucas needs to improve on the plot and character development, but there's plenty of eye candy to behold.
  • "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" got dismissive reviews in 1999, and it deserves the same today. But you probably know that. More...
  • You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite. More...
  • Charmless, sexless, passionless and robot-humoured, it's preposterously uninvolving. More...
  • Despite a shaky start and the presence of questionable elements throughout, by the time it arrives at its finale The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy. More...
  • There are no romance, no humor, ultimately nobody to care about in this oddly sterile movie. More...
  • It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys. More...
  • After waiting 16 years for the overture to this epic saga, this is what we get? An in-progress trade war? More...
  • There is nothing in this noisy, overdesigned bore to equal the excitement generated by the mere idea of the trailer. More...
  • Too bad writer-director Lucas left out the gee-whiz enthusiasm of the original movies. He also left out memorable characters. He left out the fun. More...
  • Creating a so-called modern legend, droning on about The Force and all the rest of it, is no substitute for the full engagement of our senses. More...

User Reviews

  • It's not a bad movie, just heavily flawed. Its acting and dialogue can be cringe-worthy, but its high points still make it an enjoyable cinematic...
  • Filled with horrific dialogue, laughable characters, a laughable plot, ad really no interesting stakes during this film, "Star Wars Episode I: The...
  • Three Stars!!
  • I'm in the minority on the new trilogy, but I enjoy them greatly. They never quite reach the heights of the one-two punch of A New Hope and The Empire...
  • Star Wars: Episode I has become my generation's equivalent of Highlander 2: The Quickening - it's the epitome of a filmmaker betraying his fans, the...
  • The first out of the prequels is almost a poor start. It doesn't touch the questions or story of the original trilogy, such as the development of...
  • Lucas provides a visually stunning back-story to the origins of Anakin Skywalker in Episode I. With brand-new modern-age technology (undiscovered in...
  • Cinematic cotton candy ... the visuals are out there, but the story takes itself way too seriously (and there ain't that much happening to be so smug...
  • First off the 3d was mostly disappointing, it looked good at times, the pod race etc. but most of the movie it was barley noticeable. Seeing as this...
  • If you think that the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is popular, or that The Dark Knight was hotly anticipated you'd be right, but they are...