Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Reviews

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator
May 15, 2002
These days Star Wars is all backstory and no front story.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
...less irritating than its immediate predecessor - but it may be going too far to say it's a better movie. It may be going too far to say it's a movie at all
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 3, 2002
Two hours of nonsense and fifteen minutes that may sell a couple more bags of Yoda-endorsed Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2002
Episode II-- Attack of the Clones is a technological exercise that lacks juice and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2015
You can't blame actors, particularly young ones, when the words put in their mouths are almost unspeakable and the direction seems to suck them dry of energy or spontaneity.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 20, 2002
George Lucas, unwilling to relinquish control over this universe he created, is solely to blame for this celluloid garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Yes, it's better than The Phantom Menace. Think for a minute about how little that means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2002
Other than McGregor, who continues to cut a dashing figure as the sagacious Jedi, the movie is plagued by bad acting.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
May 13, 2002
A gloriously fun last 30 minutes isn't enough to hide a preceding two hours of bland entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2002
It's too long, it's too dull, it's too lame.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 20, 2002
Well, it's better than The Phantom Menace. But George Lucas' latest chapter suffers from onerous self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 5, 2016
So what else works, besides [Ewan] McGregor's performance? Darn little, even compared to The Phantom Menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2015
It's still a rush to sit in a packed theater (equipped with THX, naturally) when that first blast of John Williams' fanfare sounds. Then you have to endure the rest of the movie.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
This time the exposition is so thick that everyone except acolytes may tune out.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 4, 2009
It starts off briskly with some fantastic special effects and a great high-speed chase but then founders on the shores of bad script writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 16, 2002
This film is too busy hitting all of its assigned marks to take on any life of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 13, 2002
The battling Yoda looks ludicrous, like Kermit the Frog in a Matrix fight scene.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 4, 2005
The muppet steals what's otherwise an underwhelming show.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 11, 2002
All...Lucas appears to be capable of these days is producing enough fireworks in his last act to elicit hope in his audience that his next installment will be better
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeanne Aufmuth
May 11, 2002
Millions of dollars heaped upon a project of such vast proportions need to reap more rewards than spiffy bluescreen technique and stylish weaponry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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