Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lucas needs to improve on the plot and character development, but there's plenty of eye candy to behold.

John Anderson

"Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" got dismissive reviews in 1999, and it deserves the same today. But you probably know that.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Despite a shaky start and the presence of questionable elements throughout, by the time it arrives at its finale The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

You realize how much humor Harrison Ford brought to things; without him, at times the movie itself feels frozen in Carbonite.

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Paul Clinton (

There are no romance, no humor, ultimately nobody to care about in this oddly sterile movie.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

The Force may not be strong in this episode, but it's there.

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Time Out

Charmless, sexless, passionless and robot-humoured, it's preposterously uninvolving.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Ben Kendrick

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's not a bad movie, just heavily flawed. Its acting and dialogue can be cringe-worthy, but its high points still make it an enjoyable cinematic… More
Josh Lewis
I'm in the minority on the new trilogy, but I enjoy them greatly. They never quite reach the heights of the one-two punch of A New Hope and The Empire… More
KJ Proulx
Filled with horrific dialogue, laughable characters, a laughable plot, ad really no interesting stakes during this film, "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom… More
Daniel Mumby
Star Wars: Episode I has become my generation's equivalent of Highlander 2: The Quickening - it's the epitome of a filmmaker betraying his fans, the… More
MisterYoda ?
Three Stars!!
Samuel Riley
The first out of the prequels is almost a poor start. It doesn't touch the questions or story of the original trilogy, such as the development of Anakin… More