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
Watch On
  1. 60
    It's a kiddie movie rejiggered for childish grown-ups, of whom there are enough to make it a hit. How such childishness has become a virtual secular religion is hard to imagine.
  2. While the new film is certainly serviceable, it's noticeably lacking in warmth and humor, and though its visual strengths are real and considerable, from a dramatic point of view it's ponderous and plodding.
  3. 50
    The entire film is curiously soulless, with major characters making their entrances and exits (some of which are unexpectedly final) as if they were breezing in from some other screening next door.
  4. It is likely to disappoint more people than creator George Lucas would have liked.
  5. Not at all bad for a toy commercial.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Phantom is easily consumable eye candy, but it contains no nutrients for the heart or mind.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    40
    All the state-of-the-art technology in the world is no help to an actor saddled with Lucas's tinny dialogue.
  8. 50
    "Star Wars" fans deserve better.
  9. In special effects, Lucas has moved a galaxy beyond. In energy, not yet.
  10. 60
    What I mean is that to watch The Phantom Menace as a lifelong "Star Wars" fan is to engage in constant, fragile negotiations between a cherished familiarity and the shock of the new.
  11. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    Story. Character. They used to mean something to George Lucas.
  12. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    50
    It earns an "Incomplete'' -- because we won't know the results until we see Lucas' next chapter.
  13. Reviewed by: Greg Burk
    60
    I warn you, I'm gonna continue whining about the movie. Just keep in mind that I liked it.
  14. Reviewed by: Andy Jones
    40
    Not only is it just a movie, it's just a ho-hum movie.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 606 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 172
  2. Negative: 45 out of 172
  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 »