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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
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    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made. show more

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    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    An adventure film that plays like an old-time 12-part serial that you see all at once, instead of Saturday-to-Saturday. It's a modern "Thief of Baghdad." It's the kind of movie that first got you excited about movies when you were a kid. (Translation for today's children: It's better than anything on TV.) [12 June 1981] show more

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    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action. show more

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    Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle. show more

  • 90
    TV Guide

    Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp. show more

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    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age. show more

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    Luke Y. Thompson Dallas Observer

    Spielberg can never top this. Period. show more

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    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made. show more

  • 100

    Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for the fun. show more

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    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club

    Finds the right balance between reverence and wit. show more

  • September 15, 2012 mikesmutt
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    without question one of the all time great movies---fun story, terrific dialogue, plenty of comic relief and outstanding action scenes---the is the granddaddy of all LOTR films

  • August 13, 2012 filmlover1994
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    Indiana Jones Is My Favorite Film Character.

  • January 19, 2012 Dry Master
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    It was exciting...but the violence was a little flat and pathetic. But wonderful job!

  • April 26, 2011 danielbills8800
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    this is a great spielberg effort. A whiote knuckle film. ford is perfectly cast as the hero here. suspense and a comic tone to boot. Don\'t miss this! great ending.

  • October 15, 2008 Wesley
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    All of them are great. He's was born for this role. Love how they brought her back 20 plus yrs later...that's unreal.

  • August 30, 2008 mayakitten08
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    I just love any Indiana Jones movie! the first awesome thats what made the seiries that everyone loves! The fourth and the 2nd are my favs but I love the 1st cause thats what started it all!

  • July 11, 2008 moviedirector23
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    i thought the movie was great and entertaining but i still like the fourth one the best !

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