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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The Force may not be strong in this episode, but it's there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ben Kendrick
September 30, 2012
Anyone hoping the 3D would make-up for the film's many shortcomings, will probably continue to feel cheated by the first Star Wars prequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
We don't want to remember it's pretty bad. Then we do.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
March 8, 2012
Has a film director ever induced such terrible performances from such great actors? Liam Neeson - wooden, Ewan McGregor - monotone and the Oscar winning Natalie Portman - a speaking alarm clock!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
It hardly needs to be said that the 3D conversion here is nothing more than proficient, that it adds nothing and actually takes away some of the clarity and vividness of the film's varied colour palette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Chambers
February 27, 2012
Darth Maul is back, this time waving his wand in 3D. "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" was poorly received by critics when it debuted, so does it fare any better with its new up-conversion? Not really. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 16, 2012
This is really only for the hardcore fans and kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 11, 2012
It's a nifty enough film that's entertaining but not comparable to the original 'Star Wars.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 11, 2012
It's cinematic junk food, the pernicious effect of which had already set in long before this film came out.
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine
February 11, 2012
The Phantom Menace is, at best and worst, a mediocre film-a boring adventure undermined by anemic political theatrics and the rusty artistic tastes of its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
February 10, 2012
The 3D conversion on this film is one of the best I've ever seen... and that's what makes it worth paying some extra money to see it again in the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
February 10, 2012
"Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" got dismissive reviews in 1999, and it deserves the same today. But you probably know that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 10, 2012
You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
February 10, 2012
The Phantom Menace, in any number of dimensions, is an exercise in disappointment, a film filled with enough callbacks to the first trilogy to remind you about what you loved about them without adding much of note in all the new material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Brian Orndorf
February 10, 2012
Naturally, if you already despise everything George Lucas touches, well, these aren't the droids you're looking for. It's more of a 3D party for fans and admirers, playing to the convinced with a conversion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Patches
February 10, 2012
You may never experience this or any Star Wars movie as a cinematic experience ever again. Especially not in theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Katey Rich
February 10, 2012
The 3D conversion isn't going to change your opinion on the movie or give you a whole new moviegoing experience, but it's not bad either.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 10, 2012
Oh George, why?

London Evening Standard
February 10, 2012
The special effects are something to see in 3D, but don't listen too closely to the screenplay or try to work out who is who.
Peter Bradshaw
February 9, 2012
A pop-culture calamity, a soulless, passionless film whose only real effect was to smudge the happy memories of the three originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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