Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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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.
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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
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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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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.
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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...
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
To get to the point immediately, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4