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.
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.
February 10, 2012
You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite.
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2007
At times, even when the drama just kind of sat there, I was at least visually transported by it.
June 24, 2006
Charmless, sexless, passionless and robot-humoured, it's preposterously uninvolving.
March 2, 2006
Despite a shaky start and the presence of questionable elements throughout, by the time it arrives at its finale The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy.
November 15, 2002
There are no romance, no humor, ultimately nobody to care about in this oddly sterile movie.
March 22, 2002
It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys.
October 8, 2001
July 31, 2001
An often deliriously exciting adventure, hitting the target audience of 10-year olds and satisfying long-time fans.
January 1, 2000
It is neither captivating nor transporting, for it lacks any emotional pull, as well as the sense of wonder and awe that marks the best works of sci-fi/fantasy.
January 1, 2000
Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace seems designed more as a promotion for Lucasfilm's billion-dollar merchandising concerns than a meaningful chapter in the Star Wars canon.
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