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Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
Dallas Observer
Spielberg can never top this. Period.
One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
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.
Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.
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.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be. What is it? 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.
The A.V. Club
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
Chicago Reader
Travels fast and straight down a linear plot, and the ceaseless rush quickly becomes monotonous.

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