Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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December 14, 2015
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.
November 16, 2015
Do kids really want to follow a plot about intergalactic trade embargoes?
November 16, 2015
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?
November 16, 2015
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.
November 16, 2015
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.
November 16, 2015
Character and personality take a back seat on this ride.
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.
December 17, 2015
The saga begins with this relentlessly erratic installment...
December 15, 2015
Everything in Phantom Menace exists in a bright noisy vacuum.
December 14, 2015
What if it had been good? What if it had been a movie?
December 11, 2015
'The Phantom Menace' is definitely the major reason most fans, even prequel apologists like myself, don't watch the Star Wars saga in chronological order.
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