Raiders!

2015, Documentary, 1h 35m

54 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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As fascinating as it is affecting, Raiders! offers an insightful look at fan culture while presenting a poignant portrait of friendship over the passage of time. Read critic reviews

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Childhood friends Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb reunite 25 years later to shoot the final scene of their shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's classic film "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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Critic Reviews for Raiders!

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  • The joy of the Raiders! remake (and the doc about its making) is the ingenuity with which the kids face filmmaking challenges, from borrowing snakes from the local pet shop to creating a wall of flame in one of their basements.

    December 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Unoriginal behavior such as this should be shunned, not encouraged.

    July 21, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • The brisk but rich Raiders! doubles as a story of how creative partnerships, even those of many years, can fall apart and how childhood dreams can linger deep into adulthood.

    June 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This is a smartly made movie that might win you over. I was pleasantly surprised, because there's something truly Spielbergian about it.

    June 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If you see only one movie this summer, see the movie about the movie it took seven summers to make.

    June 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Though indulgently overlong, "Raiders!" manages to unearth the inner geek in all of us.

    June 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The joy of the Raiders! remake (and the doc about its making) is the ingenuity with which the kids face filmmaking challenges, from borrowing snakes from the local pet shop to creating a wall of flame in one of their basements.

    December 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Unoriginal behavior such as this should be shunned, not encouraged.

    July 21, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • The brisk but rich Raiders! doubles as a story of how creative partnerships, even those of many years, can fall apart and how childhood dreams can linger deep into adulthood.

    June 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This is a smartly made movie that might win you over. I was pleasantly surprised, because there's something truly Spielbergian about it.

    June 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Raiders! offers glimpses of growing pains and dreams fading away, which only makes the movie more human and relatable.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What makes Raiders! really work is the even tone with which it treats its subjects. The adaptation is never ridiculed ... nor is it held up as a grand artistic achievement.

    July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Raiders!

  • Jun 17, 2016
    Despite rave reviews, this one disappointed me. Oh yes, it was something to see a bunch of kids do a shot by shot remake of Raiders but I wanted to see more of the footage and I couldn't care less about the efforts to film a last scene.
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