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90

Metascore

Based on 11 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
100
Chicago Sun-Times
Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
100
Chicago Tribune
An adventure film that plays like an old-time 12-part serial that you see all at once, instead of Saturday-to-Saturday. It's a modern "Thief of Baghdad." It's the kind of movie that first got you excited about movies when you were a kid. (Translation for today's children: It's better than anything on TV.) [12 June 1981]
100
ReelViews
Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
100
Premiere
Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
100
Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
100
Dallas Observer
Spielberg can never top this. Period.
100
Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for the fun.
90
Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.
90
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.

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