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: 93% 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.

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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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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters.

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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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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.

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Robert Hatch
The Nation

All in all, it is an outrageously successful, what will be called a "classic," compilation of nonsense, largely derived but thoroughly reconditioned.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset.

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A.D. Murphy

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.

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Matt Springer
Common Sense Media

Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with older kids.

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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.
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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