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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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June 23, 2015
It is the best such film since 2001, and in certain respects it is one of the most exciting ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 23, 2015
It is competently if not brilliantly mounted, moderately exciting and charmingly capable of poking fun at itself... It's a lot less patronising than most Disney films and toweringly better than the other blockbusters around at the moment.
June 23, 2015
Enormous and exhilarating fun for those who are prepared to settle down in their seats and let it all wash over them.
June 23, 2015
George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story.
June 23, 2015
Heavy SF readers will recognize each character, every situation by its stock number and almost feel the affection Lucas has for them. There is not the tiniest sniff of cynicism anywhere in this film.
June 23, 2015
The view of outer space is a marvelous one, awe-inspiring in its beauty, and the artists and designers who did the work... deserve as many plaudits as can be thought up.
April 30, 2015
A mind-blowing spectacle that sends the audience off onto the wondrously strange world of fantasy and satisfies just about everyone's adolescent craving for a corny old-fashioned adventure movie.
August 4, 2013
Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 18, 2013
Some of Lucas' scriptwriting is clever, a hip updating of the stilted language of the old Flash Gordon serials. Also, the film is dotted with weird-looking creatures who might have stepped out of the pages of a Marvel comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2013
There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset.
January 14, 2013
George Lucas, who made American Graffiti, has put together a sci-fi film that draws on any number of associations. Star Wars is both amazing and familiar.
January 14, 2013
All in all, it is an outrageously successful, what will be called a "classic," compilation of nonsense, largely derived but thoroughly reconditioned.
July 21, 2011
Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 16, 2011
Star Wars will do very nicely for those lucky enough to be children or unlucky enough never to have grown up.
March 30, 2011
Like it or not, Star Wars is a seminal movie that began a whole cycle of sci-fi works and also launched the careers of many actors and craftsmen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 28, 2010
First of a sci-fi phenomenon, #4 in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2010
This friendliness is the key emotion in this clean, clever, entertaining movie by a gifted and developing artist. It's a feeling that crackles in the sensational special effects.
January 7, 2010
Lucas consegue imprimir energia à direção e estabelece seus personagens como figuras imediatamente icônicas, mesmo que, aqui e ali, seus péssimos diálogos comprometam a experiência.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2009
It is a sweeping epic with classical themes lifted from the teachings of Joseph Campbell, but it maintains strong central characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 20, 2009
After Star Wars, movies not only spawned profitable kids' toys; they merged with kids' toys, and basically became toys themselves.
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