Raiders of the Lost Ark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
May 17, 2011
It is the classic film [by] Lucas, Spielberg...back before they were replaced by automatons put here by aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
May 27, 2008
The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 26, 2008
Justifiably one of the most indelible adventure films in cinematic history...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 22, 2008
It's the perfect vacation-time movie: not a serious moment in its whole two hours but so crammed with laughter, thrills and cinematic sleight of hand that audiences will be sorry when it's over.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2008
Lost Ark holds up for many reasons, not least of which is because of Spielberg's consummate skill as a visual storyteller and his ability to draw charged performances from his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 14, 2008
The postmodern heir to North By Northwest...Like any deathless classic, Raiders is a perfect marriage of star and material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2008
...despite the fast pace, the movie is never frenetic or tiring, just pure, unadulterated fun throughout. (Blu-ray edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
May 6, 2008
The most purely fun movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 6, 2008
...lets us indulge in childish thrills without feeling silly about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 8, 2008
Vastly entertaining, Spielberg's adventure herladed a new breed of Hollywood blockbuster (and event film), a tale that combines classic Hollywood story-telling, playful postmodern sensibility and spectacular stunts presented in rapid-fire pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Film4
March 4, 2008
Unrivalled entertainment.
February 15, 2008
perhaps the greatest adventure movie of all time
| Original Score: 4/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
With an unforgettable opening sequence in which our hero flees through a trap-filled tunnel from a great ball of rock, Raiders Of The Lost Ark is a film which wastes no time and never lets go of our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Klain
Variety
June 28, 2007
...a crackerjack fantasy-adventure that shapes its pulp sensibilities and cliff-hanging serial origins into an exhilarating escapist entertainment that will have broad-cased summer audiences in the palm of its hand.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 28, 2007
One would think that a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would produce something better than this giggly pastiche of a Republic serial...
Andy Kurtz
Bullz-Eye.com
February 3, 2007
What follows is one breathtaking action sequence after another, each one surpassing the next in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 4, 2006
The picture is offering you a pact: you agree to be a kid again, in return for which Raiders will give you old-time movie thrills expressed in slick modern cinematic terms. No, thanks.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 7, 2006
New Hollywood moguls Spielberg and Lucas teamed up to create the first -- and best -- of their extremely popular plunderings of old adventure serials ... In retrospect, it also appears as a precise pop-culture inauguration of Reagan-era retro Americanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rod McShane
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Whether you swallow it or not, see it for a handful of totally unexpected visual jokes, worth the price of admission alone.
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