Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

October 17, 2018
Entertainment that propels the audience inexorably from one excitement to the next.
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 26, 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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2012
As action adventure goes, it's about the best there is.
September 20, 2012
Steven Spielberg's rollicking adventure yarn still looks buoyant and dashing after 30 years.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 24, 2006
Whether you swallow it or not, see it for a handful of totally unexpected visual jokes, worth the price of admission alone.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
The movie is just plain fun.