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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Reviews

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.
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.
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.
December 15, 2015
Star Wars is not a film to be written about, it's an experience. It's that rare experience for both adults and kids that shortchanges neither. Go -- and enjoy.
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.
December 9, 2015
Lucas's ingenuity is reaffirmed by Darth Vader's every asthmatic exhalation, by Princess Leia's cinnamon-bun chignons.
December 9, 2015
If anybody wondered where Lucas has been since the release nearly four years ago of American Graffiti, the answer is at hand. Star Wars... is the most exciting picture to be released this year -- exciting as theater and exciting as cinema.
November 16, 2015
A gigantic, lavish, brilliantly executive old-time movie comic strip.
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2011
Star Wars will do very nicely for those lucky enough to be children or unlucky enough never to have grown up.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2006
Has distinct limitations, but the current return to a cinema of spectacle and wonder is wholly encouraging.
July 9, 2002
It is, all in all, hard to think of a place or an age group that would not respond to the enthusiastic inventiveness with which Lucas has enshrined his early loves.
January 1, 2000
Lucas fills his screen with loving touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A pop-culture landmark!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A grandiose and violent epic with a simple and whimsical heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
George Lucas has made the kind of sci-fi adventure movie you dream about finding.
January 1, 2000
Compelling backstory, exciting action and pleasantly archetypal characters.
January 1, 2000
A dynamic entertainment, efficiently and exuberantly setting up its mythic tale of heroes and villains, rebels and rogues, princesses and monsters, good and evil.
January 1, 2000
[Star Wars] is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made.
January 1, 2000
Twenty years later, George Lucas' loved saga of the war between good and evil in a distant galaxy returns in digitally enhanced and augmented form.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Darth Vader and his James Earl Jones voice is a bad egg no matter how much we know about his screwy upbringing.
January 1, 2000
Backgrounds in some sequences are now more populated than they were, and it's fun to see all the creatures that make up the "wretched hive of scum and villainy" that Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi describes.
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.