Star Wars 1977

Critics score:
94 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: A grandiose and violent epic with a simple and whimsical heart. Read more

Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune: Some of Lucas' scriptwriting is clever, a hip updating of the stilted language of the old Flash Gordon serials. Also, the film is dotted with weird-looking creatures who might have stepped out of the pages of a Marvel comic book. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Twenty years later, George Lucas' loved saga of the war between good and evil in a distant galaxy returns in digitally enhanced and augmented form. Read more

Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe: Star Wars is not a film to be written about, it's an experience. It's that rare experience for both adults and kids that shortchanges neither. Go -- and enjoy. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: If you want to see the movie that made mild diversion for ten-year-old boys the model of commercial filmmaking, ruling out nuanced characterization and emotions that last longer than 20 seconds, this is where to look. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story. Read more

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle: Heavy SF readers will recognize each character, every situation by its stock number and almost feel the affection Lucas has for them. There is not the tiniest sniff of cynicism anywhere in this film. Read more

Rena Andrews, Denver Post: George Lucas, who brought us those memorable kids in American Graffiti, is back with Star Wars -- a film that would captivate the Mel's Drive-In crowd as well as enchant the kid in all of us. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Star Wars is enchanting in the most literal sense of the word. It's pure comic strip fantasy, to be enjoyed even more by nostalgic adults than by wide-eyed youngsters. Read more

Ron Pennington, Hollywood Reporter: [Star Wars] will undoubtedly emerge as one of the true classics in the genre of science fiction/fantasy films. In any event, it will be thrilling audiences of all ages for a long time to come. Read more

Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times: It is, all in all, hard to think of a place or an age group that would not respond to the enthusiastic inventiveness with which Lucas has enshrined his early loves. Read more

Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker: George Lucas, who made American Graffiti, has put together a sci-fi film that draws on any number of associations. Star Wars is both amazing and familiar. Read more

Pauline Kael, New Yorker: There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset. Read more

Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News: A mind-blowing spectacle that sends the audience off onto the wondrously strange world of fantasy and satisfies just about everyone's adolescent craving for a corny old-fashioned adventure movie. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: [Star Wars] is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made. Read more

Vern Perry, Orange County Register: Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Lucas fills his screen with loving touches. Read more

John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle: If anybody wondered where Lucas has been since the release nearly four years ago of American Graffiti, the answer is at hand. Star Wars... is the most exciting picture to be released this year -- exciting as theater and exciting as cinema. Read more

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle: Darth Vader and his James Earl Jones voice is a bad egg no matter how much we know about his screwy upbringing. Read more

Joe Pollack, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The view of outer space is a marvelous one, awe-inspiring in its beauty, and the artists and designers who did the work... deserve as many plaudits as can be thought up. Read more

Robert Martin, Globe and Mail: It must be nice to be able to spend $8-million to fulfil your childhood fantasies. George Lucas has that much money because of the tremendous success of his last movie, American Graffiti, and he spent it both wisely and well on Star Wars. Read more

Clyde Gilmour, Toronto Star: Proves anew that ticket-buyers young and old in this jaded era will still respond to a strong and simple story about good versus evil with the good guys winning. Read more

Gerald Clarke, TIME Magazine: A grand and glorious film that may well be the smash hit of 1977, and certainly is the best movie of the year so far. Read more

David Pirie, Time Out: Has distinct limitations, but the current return to a cinema of spectacle and wonder is wholly encouraging. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: A pop-culture landmark! Read more

A.D. Murphy, Variety: A magnificent film. George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly. Read more

Gary Arnold, Washington Post: George Lucas has made the kind of sci-fi adventure movie you dream about finding. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Lucas's ingenuity is reaffirmed by Darth Vader's every asthmatic exhalation, by Princess Leia's cinnamon-bun chignons. Read more

Joy Gould Boyum, Wall Street Journal: A gigantic, lavish, brilliantly executive old-time movie comic strip. Read more