Paramount Pictures | Release Date: June 12, 1981 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 15 Critics
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Raiders of the Lost Ark is sensational. This awesomely entertaining adventure spectacle, directed by Steven Spielberg from an idea hatched by executive producer George Lucas, succeeds in fusing the most playful and exciting elements of Spielberg's "Jaws" and Lucas' "Star Wars" in a fresh format. It is a transcendent blend of heroic exploits, cliffhangers and chases distilled with nostalgia and wit from the pulp thrillers, comic books and Republic serials of the World War II era. [12 June 1981, p.E1]
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Spielberg can never top this. Period.
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Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (at the Eglinton) is a cinematic roller-coaster, thrilling and frightening in equal measure, a heart-pounding slide down greased lightning. [12 June 1981]