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: May 25, 1977
DVD 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 possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.

Vern Perry
Orange County Register

Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films.

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Bruce McCabe
Boston Globe

Star Wars is not a film to be written about, it's an experience. It's that rare experience for both adults and kids that shortchanges neither. Go -- and enjoy.

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Noel Parrott
South China Morning Post

For two hours and one minute it takes you on a "heavenly" romp. Don't miss it.

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Robert Martin
Globe and Mail

It must be nice to be able to spend $8-million to fulfil your childhood fantasies. George Lucas has that much money because of the tremendous success of his last movie, American Graffiti, and he spent it both wisely and well on Star Wars.

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Clyde Gilmour
Toronto Star

Proves anew that ticket-buyers young and old in this jaded era will still respond to a strong and simple story about good versus evil with the good guys winning.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A hell of a drug, the kind of movie that seems almost purposely designed to convince all but the most jaded members of its audience of the expressive power of the medium.

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Rena Andrews
Denver Post

George Lucas, who brought us those memorable kids in American Graffiti, is back with Star Wars -- a film that would captivate the Mel's Drive-In crowd as well as enchant the kid in all of us.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Lucas's ingenuity is reaffirmed by Darth Vader's every asthmatic exhalation, by Princess Leia's cinnamon-bun chignons.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a near timeless milestone in cinema that lives up to its legacy as a simple, exciting, and fun science fiction fantasy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Created a pop culture phenomenon that probably has no equal and deservedly so as A New Hope is a classic that only gets better the more they try to expand this… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It is not a perfect film--unlike its successor--but still legendary with a powerful story, engaging characters, and brilliant writing.
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
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
Chris Garman
Star Wars changed everything. That could be the review of the film. Nothing else needs to be said, but I will. It changed how movies were made, merchandise,… More
MisterYoda ?
five stars!!