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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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Dorothy Smiljanich
Tampa Bay Times
January 1, 2000
It is almost as if Lucas took recognizable characters from myth and legend and then emptied them of meaning so as not to distract his audience from his spectacular sets, monsters and special effects.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
If you want to see the movie that made mild diversion for ten-year-old boys the model of commercial filmmaking, ruling out nuanced characterization and emotions that last longer than 20 seconds, this is where to look.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 18, 2013
There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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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John Simon
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 16, 2011
Star Wars will do very nicely for those lucky enough to be children or unlucky enough never to have grown up.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
About the dialogue there's nothing to be said. In fact the dialogue itself can hardly be said: it sticks in the actors' mouths like peanut butter.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Star Wars is a junkyard of cinematic gimcracks not unlike the Jawas' heap of purloined, discarded, barely functioning droids.
Noel Parrott
South China Morning Post
June 13, 2016
For two hours and one minute it takes you on a "heavenly" romp. Don't miss it.
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Vern Perry
Orange County Register
December 21, 2015
Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films.
Ronald E. Butler
Tulsa World
December 21, 2015
Tender loving care abounds in the production... The casting is great, with the inexperienced giving it a naivety that is essential to the story, and the veterans a rock-solid identification with evil (Cushing) and good (Guinness).
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Robert Martin
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2015
It must be nice to be able to spend $8-million to fulfil your childhood fantasies. George Lucas has that much money because of the tremendous success of his last movie, American Graffiti, and he spent it both wisely and well on Star Wars.
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Rena Andrews
Denver Post
December 15, 2015
George Lucas, who brought us those memorable kids in American Graffiti, is back with Star Wars -- a film that would captivate the Mel's Drive-In crowd as well as enchant the kid in all of us.
Rip Hotch
Florida Times-Union
December 15, 2015
It's a throwback to that more innocent kind of film, where you know who's good and who's bad, where you boo the villain and cheer the hero...The movie makes fun of those clichés, but director George Lucas must love them too, because he makes them work.
Giles M. Fowler
Kansas City Star
December 14, 2015
The film was made with obvious relish by everyone involved, and it guarantees a mindlessly happy two hours to all who take the time to see it.
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Clyde Gilmour
Toronto Star
December 14, 2015
Proves anew that ticket-buyers young and old in this jaded era will still respond to a strong and simple story about good versus evil with the good guys winning.
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Joy Gould Boyum
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2015
A gigantic, lavish, brilliantly executive old-time movie comic strip.
Jesús Fernández Santos
El Pais (Spain)
October 20, 2015
[George Lucas] has brought us his spectacular universe, giving new life to war stories and knight tales. [Full review in Spanish]
Adrian Berry
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
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Joe Pollack
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
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Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2015
[Star Wars] will undoubtedly emerge as one of the true classics in the genre of science fiction/fantasy films. In any event, it will be thrilling audiences of all ages for a long time to come.
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