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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 17, 2015
The saga begins with this relentlessly erratic installment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Noel Murray
Nashville Scene
November 16, 2015
If there's anything really disappointing about Episode I, it's not being able to line up for Episode 2 tomorrow.
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 16, 2015
The visual effects in The Phantom Menace are so good that you find yourself not caring very much about Qui-Gon's prophetic murmurings.
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 16, 2015
As each magnificently choreographed set piece unfolds in The Phantom Menace, there's little doubt that George Lucas knows how to create populist entertainment at its best.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 16, 2015
Forget the overworked plot... Marvel instead at the state-of-the-art technical wizardry and fizzing action that's just enough to keep nostalgic wistfulness at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 16, 2015
Character and personality take a back seat on this ride.
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
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
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
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
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.
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Still unsure of the basic mechanics of the plot, drags in places and that Binks chap wasn't just a bad dream, but when it soars, it soars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew McWeeny
February 8, 2012
I will say this: the time and money they spent working on this post-conversion is evident in the final result. It is technically very impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Honestly, I had a decent time.
Mac Verstandig
October 18, 2008
The special effects are some of the most dazzling and amazing ever seen on the big screen. In addition, the acting is excellent.
Richard Luck
March 4, 2008
The horror of Jar Jar Binks aside, there's plenty in Episode I to keep us entertained.
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