Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.

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Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos. A separatist movement encompassing hundreds of planets and powerful corporate alliances poses new threats to the galaxy that even the Jedi cannot stem. These moves, long planned by an as yet unrevealed and powerful force, lead to the beginning of the Clone Wars -- and the beginning of the end of the Republic.

Cast & Crew

Ewan McGregor
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman
Padmé Amidala
Hayden Christensen
Anakin Skywalker
Christopher Lee
Count Dooku
Frank Oz
Yoda
Voice
Ian McDiarmid
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Pernilla August
Shmi Skywalker
Jimmy Smits
Senator Bail Organa
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Ben Burtt
Film Editor
David Tattersall
Cinematographer
Gavin Bocquet
Production Designer
Trisha Biggar
Costume Designer
Robin Gurland
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (165) | Rotten (88)

  • His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people.

    April 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The technical wizardry of the action scenes are ultimately more important than the story and reason enough for nonbelievers to see and enjoy the movie.

    December 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Attack of the Clones is indeed a pleasant surprise. It's fine.

    November 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Attack Of The Clones lacks the light heart of the "old" trilogy but this deliberate throwback to matinee movie serials is still fun.

    November 16, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Allowing for some dull moments, this movie has considerable visual style.

    November 16, 2015 | Full Review…

    David Denby

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  • Lucas' obsession with digital technology has obliterated the saga's last remnants of human purpose and turned his once mesmerizing space opera into a pure, dehumanized cartoon.

    November 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

  • Jul 21, 2020
    To all the prequel apologists who say the sequel trilogy is the worst thing to happen to Star Wars, please, watch this movie again. Just TRY to watch this again and tell me any other entry in the main saga didn't at least do SOMETHING better. Okay look, I spent years hating this movie and building up that loathing, and watching it again…yeah, it's earned. But there are things in it that are okay, and better than I remember. Obi Wan's investigating is a little more interesting, even if it all feels like vague set up for the inevitable TV show. Jango Fett is still cool, if not a little underutilized. I'll even make a modest defense for some of Anakin's moments of turning, like the bit with the Tusken Raiders that's actually more well put together than I remember. But overall, yeah, it's a mess. It all feels like exposition and set up for future entries rather than its own thing, and it just makes the movie kind of boring. When we do have action scenes, they're okay, but just okay. Some of the action pieces actually feel like they go on forever. Maybe they're making up for all the talking, but when stuff does go down, it's fun for a little while but gets boring fast. And then there's Anakin and Padme. God damn it do I hate Anakin and Padme! Padme's actually a more competent character than I remember her being, and I like seeing her hold her own in the action set pieces. That just makes it even more annoying when she falls head over heels for the angst king himself Anakin. Hayden Christensen is not a good actor. Even when I've seen him in good movies, he's awful, I don't like him. A large chunk of this movie is just Anakin whining and complaining that things "aren't fair" in Christensen's dull monotone, and then aggressively cringey romantic scenes with him and Padme. It's a tough sit for most of this movie. There are glimmers of that Star Wars fun here and there. Seeing a bunch of Jedi at the end is cool, the worlds are unique, and Ewan McGregor is always good. But if I never see this one again, I'll be fine.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2019
    I'm not a diehard Star Wars fan. I've seen all the movies, seen them all more than once even, and I have my opinions, but when I see the way people talk about Star Wars online, I can't really find myself behaving the way that "true fans" or whathaveyou do. That being said, I think that the majority of the Star Wars films have been pretty good. The notable exception to this, for me at least, is the prequels. And yes you can include the animated Clone Wars movie that they made in that era too. These four movies, again, for me, are all bad. But even amongst them, there is still a ranking in my mind, and in that list, at the very bottom sits Attack of the Clones. Yes it is this movie which holds the title, of the very worst Star Wars theatrical release of all time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    This was George Lucas's attempt to appease the fans for what he did in Episode I. Despite the film being better, it still felt a little flat. The story deepened a bit and Ewan McGregor still turned in a very strong performance as Obi Wan Kenobi, but Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin Skywalker seemed very "emo" and whiny. Maybe this was the director and the script's fault, but Christensen turned many (including myself) off to this character. Best part of the film is the Count Dooku lightsaber duel at the end of the film. Many did NOT see it coming and it was pretty enjoyable.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    Attack of the Clones is singlehandley saved by a stunningly spectacular final act that is both thrilling and fun. The rest of the film slogs with horrible pacing, wooden acting and a tonally confused script that never reaches the heights it wants to achieve.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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