Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Critic Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
The movie is fun, for the most part, and several scenes are as good or better than anything Lucas created in the original films. The human characters, however, are not nearly as interesting as those in the earlier episodes.
What I can't comprehend is why the political details had to be so tedious and abstract. Will the kids of our nation and the world truly be titillated by trade wars and the spectacle of a do-nothing Senate?
Look, I wanted to love The Phantom Menace, too. I was an adolescent boy and would enjoy being one again for a couple of hours. But the movie has a way of deflating all but the most delusional of hopes.
Mr. Lucas is not without a certain technocratic sagacity, but I don't think he's communicating even with the young as astutely as he once did.
Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
This movie is terrible
Phantom is a frustrating watch, however there are elements worth admiring: its ambition plot, Williams' score, the art direction, and the iconic duel with Darth Maul.
Filled with horrific dialogue, laughable characters, a laughable plot, ad really no interesting stakes during this film, "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is not at all what I wanted from a film that is supposed to be the huge opening to the segue into the fantastic Original Trilogy. The positives include the score, the sound effects, and most of the visual effects, which provide some great eye candy for audiences, but if that's all the film has, then what the hell is the film's purpose? It does helm one of the best lightsaber battles in the franchise and there are a few fun fan service moments, but I don't have anything else nice to say, and I could rant for days, so I am stopping here. This film is a complete mess in every way, but it still could have been worse.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Quotes
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||Battle Droids?|
|Obi-Wan Kenobi:||It's an invasion Army.|
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||This is an odd play for the Trade Federation. You got to warn the Naboo incontact Chancellor valorum. Let's split up. Stow aboard separate ships and meet down on the planet.|
|Obi-Wan Kenobi:||You were right about one thing master. The negotiations were short.|
|Obi-Wan Kenobi:||How do you think this trade viceroyalty of the Chancellor's demands?|
|Qui-Gon Jinn:||These Federation types are cowards. The negotiations will be short.|
|Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi:||They are still coming through!|
|Rune Haako:||This is impossible!|
|Darth Maul:||At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.|
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