Raiders of the Lost Ark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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April 10, 2003
My big complaint: Take Indiana Jones out of the story, and nothing changes. The Nazis still find the Ark, still open it, still die.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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
January 2, 2011
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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
July 8, 2016
This bullwhip-cracking action-adventure launched the series starring Harrison Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The movie is just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2003
This is the kind of movie that, even today, audiences immediately fall in love with. It has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 10, 2003
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June 1, 1981
It has the perfect blend of action, humor, and suspense. And Harrison Ford defined the action hero for the new decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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