THX 1138
THX 1138 (1971)

'THX 1138' is a chilling look at a 25th-century totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality. People are numbered drones, and a government-enforced program of sedating drugs controls the populace. The… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 11, 1971
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: George Lucas' feature debut presents a spare, bleak, dystopian future, and features evocatively minimal set design and creepy sound effects.

William Paul
Village Voice

The empty space surrounding the vulnerable man emphasizes the exertion involved rather than the goal of escape: like the hologram who came to life because he wanted to, THX finally achieves his humanity by an assertion of will.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

I have a good many reservations about the film's ideas, but they are greatly outweighed by my admiration for a technical virtuosity that by fair means and foul achieves exceptional emotional intensity at the same time.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

long and cumbersome

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A.D. Murphy

With political paternalism rampant at both extremes of the spectrum, Lucas is onto something. In any case, we'll know for sure in about a generation.

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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe

Lucas described THX as 'an artifact from the future,' and we're supposed to struggle for understanding. That's part of its hypnotic undertow.

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Slow sci-fi drama for die hard Lucas fans only.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Visually it is often extraordinary, with Lucas playing on perspectives and dislocations throughout, nowhere more brilliantly than in the 'prison' represented by a limbo of whiteness that seems to stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The whole thing feels like a hypnotic dreamscape, so luminously stark, from its white-on-white abstract sets to the wide-eyed, bald, near catatonic residents of this world.

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Cole Smithey

Tedious pacing contributes to the confusing nature of the movie, but George Lucas' restored "THX-1138" is essential viewing to distinguish his artistic vision before he transformed Hollywood.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An excessively cold sci-fi that doesn't deserve credit for its plot (Lucas doesn't seem to care enough about exploring his ideas to come up with a… More
Alex roy
George Lucas' debut feature film is a dystopian society film about an underground society where people are controlled and everything is monitored. THX 1138… More
Chris Weber
This is George Lucas's feature film debut: a startling feature length remake of a short film he made as a student in film school. The story is a… More
Michael Gildea
THX 1138 is a tough movie to get your head around at times. Its great in the sense that George Lucas managed to forcefully get you to empathize with the title… More
Matheus Carvalho
This George Lucas breakthrough film is an interesting take on an Orwellian future, especially for its visual and aural boldness. Unfortunately, its story is as… More
Aj V
George Lucas' first film is an interesting sci-fi story, but it leaves you flat in the end. It starts out exciting, gets confusing, and then doesn't… More