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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Reviews

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December 27, 2019
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace gives us a great set up for what is to come in the future with Anakin & Palpatine. And for that, I am thankful. The rest is not great.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 26, 2019
I really don't want to be one of those Episode I haters, it does have SOME merit, but man, it just grates on you how annoying it is for the majority of its runtime...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 18, 2019
Despite all the exposition it can also feel very confusing of who is doing what and why.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 1, 2000
Being amazed has never been this boring.
December 12, 2018
The pod-racing sequence halfway through is exhilarating... The rest of it just about hangs together with some truly dreadful dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2018
It had almost impossibly high expectations tagged on to it and unfortunately did not scale the heights it was hoped/expected it would. This could've been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 15, 2018
From the point of view of the series as a whole, the new movie is pure backstory. And in spite of all the zipping and zapping, its own plot barely advances an inch.
December 15, 2019
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace gets the saga off to a bit of a rough start.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2017
As a standalone film, The Phantom Menace probably won't appeal to kids raised on rapid editing and epic explosions, nor does it work as an introduction to the Star Wars universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2018
Exceptional fight choreography coupled with one of the best songs in Star Wars' history certainly isn't enough to save [it], but next time someone makes the ill-advised choice to check it out, you at least have [a] great sequence to look forward to.
August 30, 2019
It lacks alarmingly a very high percentage of the MAGIC that its predecessors had. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 27, 2017
From the ridiculous title, with those two M's gummily stuck together in the middle, to the uniformly atrocious performances, from the incomprehensible plot to the sluggish pacing, The Phantom Menace is an unsalvageable disaster.
September 30, 2012
Anyone hoping the 3D would make-up for the film's many shortcomings, will probably continue to feel cheated by the first Star Wars prequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 13, 2013
This is just another 3D cash grab by George Lucas. If you didn't like the film before, you won't like the film now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
March 8, 2012
Has a film director ever induced such terrible performances from such great actors? Liam Neeson - wooden, Ewan McGregor - monotone and the Oscar winning Natalie Portman - a speaking alarm clock!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
February 5, 2012
It's difficult to discern precisely where this all went wrong, and even more difficult to speculate about possible improvements.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
February 9, 2012
The added visual depth does little to disguise quite how flat everything in between is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2011
Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks energy of originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 10, 2012
Oh George, why?
February 9, 2012
The only plus point is introducing newbies to the big-screen Star Wars experience -- if the 3D price is right for you.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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