THX 1138 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

THX 1138 Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A modest, somber vision of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Melin
September 10, 2004
Robert Duvall is a worker drone in a futuristic nightmare, man. Until he stops taking his pills and sees how groovy the world can be. Trippy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
long and cumbersome
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 8, 2004
The new digital meddling and a bunch of gratuitous, anachronistic effects shots only serve to make the movie even more annoying than it used to be.
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Edward Havens
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Muddled and hopelessly artsy, but at least Lucas got it out of his system early on.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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William Paul
Village Voice
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.
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Slow sci-fi drama for die hard Lucas fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2004
The movie's strength is not in its story but in its unsettling and weirdly effective visual and sound style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
September 10, 2004
an instant classic of dystopic angst
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
This thought-provoking science fiction is most interesting for the protean ideas which came to full bloom six years later in Star Wars.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 27, 2005
A high concept window in on the direction George Lucas could have gone.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
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-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 10, 2004
The most remarkable thing about THX 1138 is its unsettling sound design, pieced together by Lucas and Walter Murch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.D. Murphy
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 15, 2002
Lucas' vision of the future is disturbing. A wonderful first effort.
| Original Score: 4/5
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