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THX 1138 Reviews

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February 7, 2018
Despite his scenes of bland horror, Lucas offers the 25th century as a arch, campy place, a conception not satiric enough to be accepted as comedy and not quite insightful enough to be taken seriously.
January 19, 2014
long and cumbersome
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 18, 2013
The empty space surrounding the vulnerable man emphasizes the exertion involved rather than the goal of escape: like the hologram who came to life because he wanted to, THX finally achieves his humanity by an assertion of will.
January 1, 2011
Slow sci-fi drama for die hard Lucas fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2009
Tedious pacing contributes to the confusing nature of the movie, but George Lucas' restored "THX-1138" is essential viewing to distinguish his artistic vision before he transformed Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 5, 2007
Meditative and downbeat rather than crowd-pleasing, the film includes a few sequences that suggest the direction Lucas career later took.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2007
With political paternalism rampant at both extremes of the spectrum, Lucas is onto something. In any case, we'll know for sure in about a generation.
November 2, 2006
Enhancing the film with special effects and a clearer presentation, Lucas has turned something that was relatively unwatchable into something that can endure as a sci-fi classic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2006
Visually it is often extraordinary, with Lucas playing on perspectives and dislocations throughout, nowhere more brilliantly than in the 'prison' represented by a limbo of whiteness that seems to stretch as far as the eye can see.
December 6, 2005
Masterpiece? I'd hazard to say so, for as much of what it says to what it leaves to the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 27, 2005
A high concept window in on the direction George Lucas could have gone.
| Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2005
For sheer visual risk-taking, THX is by far Lucas' most impressive work, and one well worth seeing on the big screen. At least once in your life you should see Robert Duvall with freckles as big as your head.
June 25, 2005
The general bleakness of the film, its themes and the author's youthful anger could not be erased with digital technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 9, 2005
I have a good many reservations about the film's ideas, but they are greatly outweighed by my admiration for a technical virtuosity that by fair means and foul achieves exceptional emotional intensity at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2005
A modest, somber vision of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 14, 2005
For a film that warns about the dangers of consumerism, one can only wonder how many more times will Mr. Lucas force this lesser work of his upon an uncaring public before he lets the film slip back into obscurity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 26, 2005
THX 1138 shows that Lucas was once interested in letting actors act, and in letting the audience think for themselves. It reveals just how much his technological toys have crippled him as a storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2004
Lucas' bleak debut is a film markedly dissimilar from his more famous trilogy.
October 19, 2004
A pretentious regurgitation of worn-out sci-fi cliches by a novice filmmaker who had yet to find his way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 7, 2004
It's colorization in sheep's clothing--don't you be duped into thinking otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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