Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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February 16, 2021
The Phantom Menace will always be possibly the single biggest missed opportunity in modern cinematic history
September 24, 2020
An amazingly disappointing film experience.
September 24, 2020
Despite the repetitiveness and subpar feeling existing in just about every aspect, there's still fun to be had with the lightsaber dueling and space battles.
June 4, 2020
It just goes on and on, without generating suspense or building excitement.
December 27, 2019
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace gives us a great set up for what is to come in the future with Anakin & Palpatine. And for that, I am thankful. The rest is not great.
December 20, 2019
The Phantom Menace instead is a bold announcement that the new films will do their best to try something new every time. They won't always succeed, but even in failure there is glory.
December 20, 2019
The dialogue isn't the issue; the acting isn't really the issue; nor is it any single annoying character... There's no sense of wonder. No yearning. No spirit.
December 15, 2019
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace gets the saga off to a bit of a rough start.
December 2, 2019
One of George Lucas' creative high points - an excellent look at the failings of a society on the brink. The original subversive Star Wars entry.
August 31, 2019
It lacks alarmingly a very high percentage of the MAGIC that its predecessors had. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 18, 2019
Despite all the exposition it can also feel very confusing of who is doing what and why.
January 26, 2019
I really don't want to be one of those Episode I haters, it does have SOME merit, but man, it just grates on you how annoying it is for the majority of its runtime...
December 17, 2018
It had almost impossibly high expectations tagged on to it and unfortunately did not scale the heights it was hoped/expected it would. This could've been so much more.
December 13, 2018
The pod-racing sequence halfway through is exhilarating... The rest of it just about hangs together with some truly dreadful dialogue.
August 15, 2018
From the point of view of the series as a whole, the new movie is pure backstory. And in spite of all the zipping and zapping, its own plot barely advances an inch.
May 17, 2018
Exceptional fight choreography coupled with one of the best songs in Star Wars' history certainly isn't enough to save [it], but next time someone makes the ill-advised choice to check it out, you at least have [a] great sequence to look forward to.
November 27, 2017
From the ridiculous title, with those two M's gummily stuck together in the middle, to the uniformly atrocious performances, from the incomprehensible plot to the sluggish pacing, The Phantom Menace is an unsalvageable disaster.
November 1, 2017
... "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is the weakest movie in the series, but that does not mean it's an absolute disaster. [Full review in Spanish]
September 28, 2017
As a standalone film, The Phantom Menace probably won't appeal to kids raised on rapid editing and epic explosions, nor does it work as an introduction to the Star Wars universe.
June 5, 2016
It is not remotely devoid of value. It's just that none of this value comes from plot, character, or capacity to provide entertainment.
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