Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 12, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.

Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News

Raiders of the Lost Ark has more size than substance but nevertheless it's a delightful special big surprise package of a movie that should turn Indiana Jones into a national figure.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief.

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Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Cinencuentro

Raiders of the Lost Arc could be a silent film at times, because Spielberg favors actions over words, telling the story with great camerawork. [Full review in Spanish]

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be.

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Stephen Klain
Variety

...a crackerjack fantasy-adventure that shapes its pulp sensibilities and cliff-hanging serial origins into an exhilarating escapist entertainment that will have broad-cased summer audiences in the palm of its hand.

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator

It is intensely watchable, with the relentless accumulation of effects used here for the purposes of eliciting suspense rather than provoking comedy.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all -- or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One would think that a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would produce something better than this giggly pastiche of a Republic serial...

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Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine

Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie. I don't have to tell you why it's great. You know why it's great. Instead, what follows is a list of very personal moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
In 1975, George Lucas and Philip Kaufman came up with the concept of a film that would pay homage to the action serials of the 1930's and 40's like… More
Mike S
My love for this great classic is truly beyond words! As a kid, it was a moment of magic for me every time Indy in his iconic adventure gear appeared on screen.… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The first of the successful series, an exhilarating and entertaining adventure with a delicious humor, a charismatic protagonist and a lot of fast-paced action,… More
Christian C
A fun adventure/action story from the days before CGI when the story had to be the driving force behind a good action film. A true classic that should not be… More
xGary Xx
Swashbucklers were deeply unfashionable at the time when Raiders was made, and it took the talents of the then new golden boy of Hollywood to breathe new life… More
Chris Weber
This is basically one of the all -time greatest action/adventure films ever made. It's also totally cool that it delves into fantasy/supernatural territory… More