Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Now 20, young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is an apprentice to respected Jedi… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 16, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

His characters, as is now his norm, are plastic puppets, even in the confectionary love scenes. Most of their dialogue is so doughy that it could be spooned into comic-strip balloons. Lucas simply has no interest in these people.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Lucas' obsession with digital technology has obliterated the saga's last remnants of human purpose and turned his once mesmerizing space opera into a pure, dehumanized cartoon.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

So what else works, besides [Ewan] McGregor's performance? Darn little, even compared to The Phantom Menace.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The technical wizardry of the action scenes are ultimately more important than the story and reason enough for nonbelievers to see and enjoy the movie.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas' lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

As perpetually uneven as its underwhelming predecessor...

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David Denby
New Yorker

Allowing for some dull moments, this movie has considerable visual style.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

It's still a rush to sit in a packed theater (equipped with THX, naturally) when that first blast of John Williams' fanfare sounds. Then you have to endure the rest of the movie.

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Evan Williams
The Australian

The film is touching, spectacular and surprisingly coherent. It also has something the others lacked entirely: old-fashioned charm. This time, The Force is with us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Somehow slightly going backwards on things that the first prequel completely failed on, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" is not is any way… More
Michael Edwards
this movie has some great action sequences to look at and the effects are great and spectacular to see, when i was little i couldn't get enough of the last… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Attack of the Clones, like Phantom, suffers from bad writing and awkward acting. The film improves in its final 15 minutes, however, with engaging action… More
MisterYoda ?
five stars!!
Chris Garman
The Phantom Menace was a film that proved that Star Wars could flub. Big time. As three years clicked by we thought that the next one will be better. The nest… More
Josh Lewis
Attack of the Clones contains some minor improvements in key areas over The Phantom Menace, but also backtracks in a few areas as well. The special effects and… More