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
  1. 91
    Phantom may not be the best entry in the series, but it's the most technically accomplished, and it makes you as hungry for the next film as you've been for this one.
  2. 88
    An astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking.
  3. A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
  4. Reviewed by: John Podhoretz
    88
    Forget the hype, and the backlash. The Phantom Menace is captivating.
  5. 88
    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.
  6. Avoid the hype, just go enjoy the movie
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 434 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 122
  2. Negative: 32 out of 122
  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 annoying movie... Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2011
    5
    "The Phantom Menace" is a decent movie that I would overall recommend only to those obsessed with the franchise because the film is a explanation film that connects what happened before the age of Luke, not amazing CGI or powerful quotes like the other ones did. Full Review »
  3. L.M.
    Jan 25, 2010
    9
    My score may be a bit biased for it being my first Star Wars in theaters but I still find it to be a great ride to this very day. The story's pace needed some tweaking but there was some great times where you knew the magic was there although some disappointments hurt the movie as well (Jar Jar isn't the bane of SW but not great either). Many great new characters to see and some old ones with new faces as well. Don't let the critics smearing this movie fool you, Phantom Menace is a great spectacle to behold but it does have a few blaring faults. Full Review »