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THX 1138 Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
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
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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
September 13, 2004
Lucas described THX as 'an artifact from the future,' and we're supposed to struggle for understanding. That's part of its hypnotic undertow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 13, 2004
The whole thing feels like a hypnotic dreamscape, so luminously stark, from its white-on-white abstract sets to the wide-eyed, bald, near catatonic residents of this world.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2004
It's an impressively unified vision, with sterile set design, a wonderfully crisp and creepy sound design by Walter Murch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2004
This new, highly polished upgrade is a nice gift for science fiction fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 10, 2004
One of those rare titles that has improved with age.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 9, 2004
If Star Wars was Lucas' vision of a Buck Rogers future, THX 1138 is his mordantly funny Metropolis.
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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.