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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In the end, Phantom needed more human and less digital scale. The magic of "Star Wars" lay in Lucas' ability to play the human comedy in a fantastic future. With Phantom, he has brought the series to the brink of total artificiality, the future as a video game. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The computer-driven effects are impressive, but the adventure is hampered by a flat screenplay, dull acting, and just a hint as to why the dark side of the Force will eventually transform cute little Anakin into the evil Darth Vader. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Good enough, but only just. It's got the hardware, but neither the characters, the imagination, nor the resonance one had hoped for. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys. show more

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  • February 07, 2012 Dry Master
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    This was the best prequel out of them all. But it just wasn\'t interesting knowing that these effects are from our time and could be used in any movie. And there is no reason for some scenes and characters...but it was still a good movie and was highly entertained.

  • March 16, 2011 hjt43434
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    The first prequel of the star wars' prequels start off fantastic!!!

  • August 22, 2008 Pam122416
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