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  • Summary: Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the formerTen years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. Attack of the Clones celebrates a certain youthful spirit in both moviemaking and movie watching; because it's as much phenomenon as movie, audiences will either ride with or reject it. I was happy to take the ride.
  2. 88
    A technological landmark that couldn't look or sound better.
  3. 88
    In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.
  4. Here we are again: not entertained, not nearly enough, by an installment of the ''Star Wars'' epic that, for the first time, exhibits symptoms of...nerves. And a chill, conservative grimness of purpose, rather than an excited thrill at the possibilities of cinematic storytelling.
  5. Lucas knows his fans are un-boreable, un-annoyable and inexhaustible. For an artist, that's more a curse than a blessing.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The scale of the enterprise is thrilling; it's too bad the movie is so muddled on so many different levels.
  7. It's too long, it's too dull, it's too lame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 294
  1. DustinS.
    May 15, 2002
    10
    This is the definitive movie of Lucas's new Trilogy. It entails all of the classic elements of a great Star Wars movie, everything from This is the definitive movie of Lucas's new Trilogy. It entails all of the classic elements of a great Star Wars movie, everything from great action, interesting politics, to the backbone love story. This movie returns the warmth that always seemed to accompany one when viewing the old trilogy, and that is a great thing. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2015
    8
    It may be all cgi but hey it's still worth watching, definitely an improvement from the first one "phantom menace" especially the huge jediIt may be all cgi but hey it's still worth watching, definitely an improvement from the first one "phantom menace" especially the huge jedi battle AWESOME, all the lightsaber action is great, and all the new jedi's even though a lot of the cool one's don't have a big part in the movie, they're still pretty cool. This is a must watch for star wars fans. And all the people saying this movie is bad is honestly just trying to act like a 1970's fanboy copying whatever other people say negative about the prequels. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    7
    out of the prequel trilogy this is my least favourite one, its a bit dull and drags out in places but by no means a BAD film, but itout of the prequel trilogy this is my least favourite one, its a bit dull and drags out in places but by no means a BAD film, but it dissapointed me, 7/10 is a fair score Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2015
    5
    The only thing I like is the battle scenes and fight scenes. The CGI looks meh and the gun sound effects sound awkward at some scenes but itThe only thing I like is the battle scenes and fight scenes. The CGI looks meh and the gun sound effects sound awkward at some scenes but it sounds cool for its time. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2015
    4
    There are certainly stretches in the patchy Attack Of The Clones when Lucas’ flat-packed dialogue struggles to keep the hecklers quiet –There are certainly stretches in the patchy Attack Of The Clones when Lucas’ flat-packed dialogue struggles to keep the hecklers quiet – Anakin’s seduction of the former Queen has all the charm of a teenage lunge behind the bike-sheds and none of the feeling – but by the time climactic ‘reel six’ cranks into high gear the saga’s reputation as the godfather of modern sci-fi spectacle is more or less restored. Indeed, when Yoda finally unsheathes his mini-saber and kicks Sith ass the faithful can reliably be found standing on seats hollering as if the outcome was never in doubt. But, as the little Jedi might say, in doubt it was.

    Where Episode V fairly zipped around the galaxy with all the breezy confidence of youth, unafraid to travel anywhere, even dark places, the second middle child of the saga is saddled with an altogether heavier burden from which it struggles to escape. Empire hits the ground running on ice planet Hoth, Clones however, has a truly cold start to contend with, aware perhaps that the movie’s most pressing task is to simply atone for the more egregious sins of Episode I. Thus, Jar Jar is quickly sidelined, the upgraded CGI Yoda gets a showcase and those damn Amidala-clones are killed off on page one. On Coruscant we also meet the grown-up ‘Ani’ - okay so he’s a whiny teenager but that’s still a vast improvement on the bowl-haired moppet the world was asked to root for in 1999.

    Matters improve greatly in the final forty minutes: Christopher Lee’s Count Dooku arrives to provide some much needed gravitas, C-3PO turns up to do his C-3PO thing and Padme puts on a skin-tight white leotard. Best of all, Lucas finally cuts loose. The classic trilogy bristled with seat-of-your-pants filmmaking, our heroes bouncing from cliffhanger to cliffhanger, and in the final section of Episode II – almost four hours into this prequel enterprise - Lucas at last cranks up to this Saturday morning serial pace: from the Tex Avery goofiness of the droid factory, to the Cecil B. De Mille grandeur of the gladiator arena, the action never lets up.

    Unsurprisingly, the least anticipated movie of the saga suffered at the box office – Episode IV raked in more money at the US box office back in 1977 – and remains largely unloved by the fanbase for its emphasis on the central love story but despite no real improvement in dialogue or acting it functions perfectly well as an old fashioned romantic epic, complete with standalone set-pieces, rich political intrigue and a painters’ pallette. Indeed, so indebted is Lucas to David O. Selznick here, ultimately he may have been better served abandoning his own trilogy structure and boiling both Episodes I and II down to a 3-hour Gone With The Wind style classic – an approach that would have at least halved all that damn anticipation.
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  6. bill
    Jul 15, 2009
    3
    For me this was the worst of the six star wars movies. As a matter of fact I wouldn't call it a movie until the last 20 minutes. The For me this was the worst of the six star wars movies. As a matter of fact I wouldn't call it a movie until the last 20 minutes. The begining and middle of this film was boring and predictable. Only the dule between Dooku and Yoda saved this movie from being a big fat 0. But even then it was to little to late. Expand
  7. ghomasm
    May 16, 2009
    0
    I am sorry this has to be the worst movie i have seen and this includes house of the dead. The love scene in the meadow made be blush with I am sorry this has to be the worst movie i have seen and this includes house of the dead. The love scene in the meadow made be blush with embarasement that human made it. Expand

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