Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
August 13, 2008
A grand and glorious film that may well be the smash hit of 1977, and certainly is the best movie of the year so far.
Steve Biodrowski
July 13, 2008
On the basic level of simple entertainment it succeeds as well as any film ever has.

March 4, 2008
So, is this the best film of all time? Certainly not. But it definitely is one of the most enduring, and it's hard not to be seduced.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.D. Murphy
February 19, 2008
A magnificent film. George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2007
Star Wars is enchanting in the most literal sense of the word. It's pure comic strip fantasy, to be enjoyed even more by nostalgic adults than by wide-eyed youngsters.
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David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Has distinct limitations, but the current return to a cinema of spectacle and wonder is wholly encouraging.
Michael Dequina
September 15, 2005
Puts most recent 'epic' blockbuster mediocrities to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
One of those few films that you can expect to find in almost anyone's collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 31, 2004
Lucas' trilogy earned its place in eternity not for its mechanical precision, but for its intangible qualities of inspiration and wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 9, 2004
...the key to the movie's success is its creation of a family of characters we can love and believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
The movie, modeled after old-fashioned Westerns and Joseph Campbell's writings about mythology, also has a sweet innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
December 5, 2003
The special effects wizardry seen in Star Wars is put in aid of a pure 1930s space opera pulp story . . .
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Those of us who were old enough to catch the film as kids the first time around may even find an unexpected lump in their throats as the nostalgia gates bust wide open and Vader gets his, once again, on that giant, silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
What's fascinating from a cinematic point of view is the magnificently derivative nature of the film. It's an enormous summary of characters, styles, and plot points that surveys 40 years of film history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

People Magazine
May 6, 2003
Gloriously directed by George Lucas, this mind-bending space fantasy incorporates Flash Gordon, 2001, Planet of the Apes and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and tops them with enough ingenious special effects.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
February 4, 2003
Like many people from my generation, Star Wars is not just a favorite film, but an almost spiritual experience from childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It works, because it is now what it was then: a triumph of the imagination.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I can't deny that this is one of the most important and influential movies ever made, and there is more fun stuff in this film than in most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
a lot of fun, but not a movie that particularly rewards repeated watchings... once every 20 years or so isn't too often.
Full Review| Original Score: A
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