Raiders of the Lost Ark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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June 12, 2018
It's all done with such a great spirit of high adventure and good humor that you don't even begin to count the corpses... The finale suggests that Ford's Indiana Jones character will soon be back with further adventures, and I'm all in favor of it.
April 25, 2018
Raiders is an assured, relaxed, impressive work. It's almost impossible to resist. It's no more substantial than cotton candy -- but it's easily the best piece of entertainment Hollywood has produced in 1981.
July 8, 2016
This bullwhip-cracking action-adventure launched the series starring Harrison Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2016
The script Lawrence Kasdan constructed from Lucas and Philip Kaufman's original treatment built a real structure for those breathless set pieces, and populated it with characters that moved far beyond the cardboard cutouts of the originals.
October 19, 2015
Raiders of the Lost Ark could be a silent film at times, because Spielberg favors actions over words, telling his story with great camerawork. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 16, 2015
Raiders of the Lost Ark has more size than substance but nevertheless it's a delightful special big surprise package of a movie that should turn Indiana Jones into a national figure.
June 16, 2015
It is intensely watchable, with the relentless accumulation of effects used here for the purposes of eliciting suspense rather than provoking comedy.
February 4, 2014
Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie. I don't have to tell you why it's great. You know why it's great. Instead, what follows is a list of very personal moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
December 24, 2013
There is a charm and vitality to Raiders of the Ark, which Spielberg later admitted was "the first movie where I actually shot the movie without thinking".
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 21, 2013
Harrison Ford embodies the persona of Indiana Jones with perfection and paves him as an iconic hero.
August 4, 2013
This film is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption -- the modern high action adventure against which all others must now be measured.
August 4, 2013
Hold on tight, because it starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 4, 2013
Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 15, 2012
impossibly good
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 21, 2012
As action adventure goes, it's about the best there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2012
Steven Spielberg's rollicking adventure yarn still looks buoyant and dashing after 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 20, 2012
The first and finest Indiana Jones adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 19, 2012
The boulder has never looked bigger, the guns have never sounded louder and Indy's whip has never cracked sharper than they do here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 16, 2012
If Lucas is Raiders' guts and Kasdan its head, then Spielberg is its beating heart. Little wonder Part IV is still on the cards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 29, 2012
Raiders is a classic and repeated viewings, especially when presented properly on the big screen, only reinforce this further.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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