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Chicago Sun-Times
An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking.
A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
New York Post
Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating.
Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless.
USA Today
Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again.
Christian Science Monitor
The computer-driven effects are impressive, but the adventure is hampered by a flat screenplay, dull acting, and just a hint as to why the dark side of the Force will eventually transform cute little Anakin into the evil Darth Vader.
Entertainment Weekly
Fails to recapture the elemental magic of Star Wars, and that, ironically, is because it represents the coarse culmination of the original film's adrenaline aesthetic.
Good enough, but only just. It's got the hardware, but neither the characters, the imagination, nor the resonance one had hoped for.
New York Daily News
In the end, Phantom needed more human and less digital scale. The magic of "Star Wars" lay in Lucas' ability to play the human comedy in a fantastic future. With Phantom, he has brought the series to the brink of total artificiality, the future as a video game.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys.
San Francisco Chronicle
In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet.

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