Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possiblites of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.

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.

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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.

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Adrian Berry
Daily Telegraph

It is the best such film since 2001, and in certain respects it is one of the most exciting ever made.

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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.

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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.

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

It is competently if not brilliantly mounted, moderately exciting and charmingly capable of poking fun at itself... It's a lot less patronising than most Disney films and toweringly better than the other blockbusters around at the moment.

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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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

What places it a sizable cut about the routine is its spectacular visual effects, the best since Stanley Kubrick's 2001.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

Enormous and exhilarating fun for those who are prepared to settle down in their seats and let it all wash over them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It is not a perfect film--unlike its successor--but still legendary with a powerful story, engaging characters, and brilliant writing.
MisterYoda ?
five stars!!
Christian C
The most incredible special effects for the time, but the story is poorly conceived/developed and lousy acting by Fisher and Hamill. Really, if it weren't… More
Daniel Mumby
Trying to imagine filmmaking without Star Wars is like trying to imagine pop music without The Beatles: it simply isn't possible. The proliferation of Star… More
KJ Proulx
The start of an amazing mythology, and the beginning of one of the most well known movie franchises of all time. This story tells the journey of how a young man… More
Samuel Riley
The first to be made out of the Star Wars saga is quite possibly the best. This Sci-Fi masterpiece created so many iconic characters, locations and even… More