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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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December 12, 2017
Oh, the astronomical audiences; oh, the mundane story; oh, the over-cute little robots (one fat, one thin); oh, the vapid actors, the galactic shootouts; oh, the brilliant technology and oh, the boredom of it all.
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.
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.
January 18, 2013
There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset.
August 20, 2009
After Star Wars, movies not only spawned profitable kids' toys; they merged with kids' toys, and basically became toys themselves.
April 16, 2011
Star Wars will do very nicely for those lucky enough to be children or unlucky enough never to have grown up.
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.
January 1, 2000
Star Wars is a junkyard of cinematic gimcracks not unlike the Jawas' heap of purloined, discarded, barely functioning droids.
January 26, 2019
It's so fun to watch, even now I'm in my 30s and I've seen it 100 times (not literally). The characters, setting, soundtrack and story are all top-rate. Watch it: now!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
That '70s schmaltz is innocent and pure--and seemed better untainted by modernization.
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
December 17, 2018
With iconic characters and moments, A New Hope blazed a trail for cinema and helped by being a damn fine movie too.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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.
January 3, 2018
It is the cinematic magic and the sense of joyous fun that makes "Star Wars" a very special film.
May 20, 2006
Easily the best movie in town this summer and perhaps destined to be the best of 1977.
December 12, 2017
A boy's adventure yarn in the most traditional, unabashedly entertaining sense.
December 12, 2017
Star Wars is, indeed, a movie that dares to be different, not only in setting, but in theme at a time when imagination has surrendered to realism in motion pictures. If you don't enjoy Star Wars, you are not as young at heart as you think you are.
December 12, 2017
It's a "fun movie", as they say. Meaning that it doesn't mean anything, it's a superior, pop plaything to play with, to be innocently enjoyed and thrown away like a four-dollar comic book.
June 13, 2016
For two hours and one minute it takes you on a "heavenly" romp. Don't miss it.
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.
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