Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
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  1. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    30
    It's a complete drag.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    Computer technology may be the actual phantom menace, after all.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    George Lucas does it his way in the pallid Phantom Menace. Even cultists will wish he'd hired a director and some writers.
  4. This ain't no movie. It's a very long, very tedious infomercial for Phantom Menace action figures, on sale now at a Target or Toys "R" Us near you.
  5. 20
    The Phantom Menace is simply a billboard for itself. Anyone who sees it will be experiencing it for the second time. The hype was not about the movie, the hype was the movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Feb 5, 2012
    0
    It's difficult to discern precisely where this all went wrong, and even more difficult to speculate about possible improvements.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 594 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 170
  2. Negative: 45 out of 170
  1. VincentV.
    Sep 28, 2008
    3
    Dear George, the story was okay, just okay, but the very boring race, jar jar binks and the failed tries to be funny just made it a long Dear George, the story was okay, just okay, but the very boring race, jar jar binks and the failed tries to be funny just made it a long annoying movie... Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    George Lucas's epic masterpiece before the dark times.
  3. Jan 8, 2013
    3
    Okay, let's face it: If episode I would have been the first star wars movie, there would not have been a episode II. If the only (good) thingOkay, let's face it: If episode I would have been the first star wars movie, there would not have been a episode II. If the only (good) thing everybody remembers about a movie are some eye-candy scenes (and I am talking of course about the pod race and the double light sabre duel), you know your movie is in trouble, because it fails on all other levels: storytelling, character development, acting, pacing and tone. This movie feels like a well-calculated commercial product that should deliver to all audiences, but it's all about a shiny surface and nothing beyond that. And let's not forget about Jarjar, the most annoying character ever to be put in a movie. Full Review »