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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
December 13, 2013
This is just another 3D cash grab by George Lucas. If you didn't like the film before, you won't like the film now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
February 5, 2012
It's difficult to discern precisely where this all went wrong, and even more difficult to speculate about possible improvements.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
February 9, 2012
The added visual depth does little to disguise quite how flat everything in between is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2011
Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks energy of originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 10, 2012
Oh George, why?
February 9, 2012
The only plus point is introducing newbies to the big-screen Star Wars experience -- if the 3D price is right for you.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Eye candy isn't a reward in and of itself -- it has to be backed by substance.
March 23, 2012
We don't want to remember it's pretty bad. Then we do.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
November 16, 2015
Do kids really want to follow a plot about intergalactic trade embargoes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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?
May 19, 1999
I could still have enjoyed it if only there were actors or characters strong enough to stand out against this computer enhanced backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 1, 2000
You keep looking for the emotional center of the movie and never find it.
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
January 1, 2000
Phantom Menace is unlikely to convince folks who waited in ticket lines for weeks that they made the right choice.
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
February 9, 2012
For the most part, the sludgy re-processing of the original leaves everything looking as if it was lensed through a wet, worn sock. Only one sequence -- the epic pod race on the planet Tatooine -- goes close to making any worthwhile use of the 3D format
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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