Raiders of the Lost Ark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 8, 2016
This bullwhip-cracking action-adventure launched the series starring Harrison Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Bailey
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.
Sebastian Zavala Kahn
October 19, 2015
Raiders of the Lost Arc could be a silent film at times, because Spielberg favors actions over words, telling the story with great camerawork. [Full review in Spanish]
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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
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.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
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.
Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine
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+
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 21, 2013
Harrison Ford embodies the persona of Indiana Jones with perfection and paves him as an iconic hero.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
Hold on tight, because it starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 15, 2012
impossibly good
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 21, 2012
As action adventure goes, it's about the best there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 20, 2012
Steven Spielberg's rollicking adventure yarn still looks buoyant and dashing after 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 20, 2012
The first and finest Indiana Jones adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
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
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 18, 2011
Breathtakingly efficient, immaculately constructed... This is the ne plus ultra of blockbuster filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2011
Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all -- or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old.
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