Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: May 16, 2002
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DoritoDoggo77Oct 12, 2017
Anakins performance was amazing! He really convinced me that he didnt like sand! 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bugger217Sep 9, 2017
Like The Phantom Menace before it, Attack of the Clones has loads of imagination on screen and a few thrilling action sequences, but is also plagued by horrible dialogue, bad performances, and stilted direction. In some ways it's anLike The Phantom Menace before it, Attack of the Clones has loads of imagination on screen and a few thrilling action sequences, but is also plagued by horrible dialogue, bad performances, and stilted direction. In some ways it's an improvement over Phantom Menace, but in others, it manages to be worse. The central romance is one of the least believable I've ever seen in a film of this size. Chemistry between the actors is non-existent. It's strange to see just how much George Lucas lost touch with Star Wars fans in the years between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Expand
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MonkiReviewsJul 14, 2017
I liked it, unlike most people. The first half was a 6, the second half was a 8, so I made the final score a 7. The acting needed improvement, but wasn't terrible. The story was great and put everything together from 4-6. It is worth a watch.
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adw55125Jul 3, 2017
I tie this with The Phantom Menace, it does some things well, it does some things bad, but mostly it doesn't approve and it is just as disappointing. The dialogue between Anakin and Padme is so terrible I cringe when I hear it. Not to mentionI tie this with The Phantom Menace, it does some things well, it does some things bad, but mostly it doesn't approve and it is just as disappointing. The dialogue between Anakin and Padme is so terrible I cringe when I hear it. Not to mention their chemistry and mission is so uninteresting that this movie drags so badly. The best thing about this film is Kamino and Jango Fett. I really don't have to explain the problems with this movie, because its been said thousands of times. Expand
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FuturedirectorMar 18, 2016
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is even more intense and fast than the other Star Wars classics, and there's a notable improvement with storytelling and conclusion. Anyway, it needs more to be ranked as one of the best Star Wars' picture yet.
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SonicHD7Jun 1, 2017
Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos. A separatist movement encompassing hundreds of planets and powerful corporate alliances poses new threats to the galaxy that evenSet ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos. A separatist movement encompassing hundreds of planets and powerful corporate alliances poses new threats to the galaxy that even the Jedi cannot stem. These moves, long planned by an as yet unrevealed and powerful force, lead to the beginning of the Clone Wars -- and the beginning of the end of the Republic. Expand
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yoshi8869May 23, 2017
Ok, first off, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I grew up on it. I'm still obsessed with it and it is my primary inspiration as a screenwriter, but this film is near garbage. Its few strengths (Ewan McGregor, John Williams, and Christopher Lee) areOk, first off, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I grew up on it. I'm still obsessed with it and it is my primary inspiration as a screenwriter, but this film is near garbage. Its few strengths (Ewan McGregor, John Williams, and Christopher Lee) are completely overshadowed by its glaring flaws (Anakin and Padme on Naboo for almost an hour of the film). The final duel is disappointing and the film could probably be omitted from the saga with little loss to the story. It's utterly pointless. 5.75/10 -JR Expand
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The_fantastic94May 3, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. From my point of view, "Attack of the clones" is the weakest installment of the "Skywalker Saga" and I find it very hard to find something positive in this movie.
In fact, there are only three things I can enjoy: Obi-wan, the pursuit through the asteroid field and Palpatine overlooking his new clone army. Unfortunately, that's about it! The rest is still watchable, but without a doubt far away from being a good movie. Anakin's storyline and the lightsaber duel in the end really insult me as a Star wars fan...
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TiagoGM18Mar 27, 2017
Let's put it like this: this movie is a lot of fun for kids.
The acting is sleep-inducing and the characters are not the greatest. The narrative is somewhat fun and the action sequences are quite entertaining. It would be better if Yoda
Let's put it like this: this movie is a lot of fun for kids.
The acting is sleep-inducing and the characters are not the greatest. The narrative is somewhat fun and the action sequences are quite entertaining. It would be better if Yoda didn't have a lightsaber at all.
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nahtan1244Mar 20, 2017
Alot of people may disagree and at the same time maybe agree with me but I some respects I actually like attack of the clones. It's not perfect but after watching a documentary on star wars I have come to appreciate the prequels in a way IAlot of people may disagree and at the same time maybe agree with me but I some respects I actually like attack of the clones. It's not perfect but after watching a documentary on star wars I have come to appreciate the prequels in a way I don't think i ever had. AS I have said before this movie is not perfect. Cringe worthy dialogue is the biggest problem with this movie. A little too much is focused on anikan and padmeas relationship. It distracts from a well put together story with historical and religious undertones brilliantly weaved into the story.The action is alot of fun and the light saber fight's are well choreographed. So in short a brilliant well told story and great acting from the supporting cast is overshadowed by stilted dialogue and a cringworthy romance but this movie luckily is not unwatchable unlike the phantom menace Expand
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UNARMED_JORDFeb 26, 2017
Sets the standard at an all time low the attack of the clones doesn't deliver once again on any level, the romance is laughable and the story is all over the place.
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Jk9785Feb 23, 2017
Poorly acted, poorly directed, crappy CGI, and love dialogue that would make even die hard fans of this film groan, George Lucas' second entry in the infamous prequel trilogy is just all-around bad. If you have not seen this film, GOOD. YouPoorly acted, poorly directed, crappy CGI, and love dialogue that would make even die hard fans of this film groan, George Lucas' second entry in the infamous prequel trilogy is just all-around bad. If you have not seen this film, GOOD. You have been saved from the torture of a moody teen expressing his dislike for sand. Do not watch this movie. Expand
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DavidTejadaJan 18, 2017
The first thing that you may notice from "The Attack Of The Clones" is the cleverness and the balance that its predecessor totally lacked, in other words it was better. But it's still disappointing if we compare it to the original trilogy.The first thing that you may notice from "The Attack Of The Clones" is the cleverness and the balance that its predecessor totally lacked, in other words it was better. But it's still disappointing if we compare it to the original trilogy. Remember "The Empire Strickes Back" with Han Solo and Leia Organa? It was lovely, now it's Padme and Anakin which does not offer anything, totally forced and useless in the movie. The plot is just about them and some things about Anakin, his past and his mother, it's just melodramatic. Finally they left the main reason of the movie which were the clones and its importance to the franchise, but nope... George Lucas prefered to focus on Anakin and Padme. The good news are the battles (specially on Geonosis) and the visual effects which shined. Overall it's so overated and mediocre (50%) Expand
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hassallNov 27, 2016
This movie made the prequels a little bit better but it hasnt come out the hole that the phantom menace dug. It did have some good scenes like the duel between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Count Dooku. I'm going to give it a 7 because i'm nice
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EpicLadySpongeJan 3, 2017
Attack of the Clones manages to be better than its predecessor. However, with little of its flaws running over the film, it's only safe to say that even with the increase of action that the predecessor is hardly aware of having, it can evenAttack of the Clones manages to be better than its predecessor. However, with little of its flaws running over the film, it's only safe to say that even with the increase of action that the predecessor is hardly aware of having, it can even be a boring ride with Hayden Christensen rubbing majority of this movie's screen time with Natalie Portman. Expand
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superbatJan 1, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The action sequences are on point in 'Attack of the Clones', but the awful dialogue and terrible characterisation make it the worst Star Wars movie ever and the worst in the prequel trilogy. Hayden Christensen's Anakin just seems so wooden, and the movie is dominated by politics, which makes it even more unbearable. Expand
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PrivataDec 16, 2016
The effects are the worst out of the trilogy
Half the movie is based on a romance I dont care much about It has the worst lightsaber fight in the franchise
I have been told that this is a guilty pleasure of mine , but I dont agree. I dont
The effects are the worst out of the trilogy
Half the movie is based on a romance I dont care much about It has the worst lightsaber fight in the franchise

I have been told that this is a guilty pleasure of mine , but I dont agree.
I dont think its terrible. I dont think its bad. I think its good. oh its not as good as IV , V and VI but its not a bad story , nor a bad movie.

The plot has a focus on a romance and a conspiracy that goes down a deep (but thats mostly talked about in TCW08)

The conspiracy : I love it ! The romance : I dont like it very much , its not that I think its badly written its that it feels like watching two real life teens dating for the first time. its very cringy. lets just say there is a reason why movies never show romance how it is in real life.

However the only things that make me rate this a 7 instead of a 8 or 9 is :
-The lightsaber fight , I cant stand yoda fighting , I cant stand the fight in the dark.
-C3pO ''funny'' bit , his head gets removed and is still functional (so far , silly but okay) and then gets fited to a B-1 battle droid and thus the two programmings seem to conflict with one and another. its a very silly moment that mirrors the bit in ESB with C3pO being in bits but in that movie it was played for drama and laughs.
-the effects and art are not my cup of tea in this episode (outside of kamino that I do love) everything looks fake , but thats not the end of world to me. But I have to say , something seems to be messed up with the lighting in this episode.
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Thatonenerd2187Dec 11, 2016
Star wars attack of the clones has the same problems as the first one, but with less jar jar binks. However, the dialogue
is extremely terrible and is even worse than the phantom menace, and even the lightsaber fight was terrible.
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cforthewinNov 13, 2016
Showing an intriguing incite into how the galaxy works and how the republic fell, plus some of the greatest battles in the entire franchise makes this an enjoyable film.
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AndanteOct 31, 2016
A great movie that I enjoyed more than Force Awakens and the old trilogy combined. And not so much because of its effects and technology but the fantastic flow of the story and the world Class acting by EVERYONE...even Hayden ChristiansenA great movie that I enjoyed more than Force Awakens and the old trilogy combined. And not so much because of its effects and technology but the fantastic flow of the story and the world Class acting by EVERYONE...even Hayden Christiansen delivered some amazing moments and had obviously great potential as an actor. His slow transition into the Dark Side is perfectly presented. Ian Mac Diarmid (Palpatine), Evan McGregor and Cristopher Lee deliver fantastic emotions and AAA+ acting. I consider this along with Episode 3 the most mature Star Wars film. I dont understand why this movie has a 6.0 user score. It just doesnt make sense. Expand
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CarlKarlOct 18, 2016
My personel favorite movie ever. Great character development, amazing action; never bored me for a second. I feel like this movie just gets way too much hate, I would highly recommend it to any sci-fi lover!
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mm007Oct 14, 2016
[5/10]
PROS:
1.Anakin Skywalker was awesome. 2.Romance between Anakin and Padme. 3.against Count Dooku was awesome Master Yoda :p CONS: 1. Clones were boring, lifeless. 2.An unmitigated drag. Overlong, boring, self-involved,
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PROS:
1.Anakin Skywalker was awesome.
2.Romance between Anakin and Padme.
3.against Count Dooku was awesome Master Yoda :p
CONS:
1. Clones were boring, lifeless.
2.An unmitigated drag. Overlong, boring, self-involved, ostentatious prequel.Quite disappointed.
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NehuenSep 30, 2016
Se reían de "The Phantom Menace" pero de entrada quiero decir que es hasta ahora la peor película de esta saga, hubiése sido una mejor película si no fuera por el romance soso que se desarrolla en toda la película y una historia pocoSe reían de "The Phantom Menace" pero de entrada quiero decir que es hasta ahora la peor película de esta saga, hubiése sido una mejor película si no fuera por el romance soso que se desarrolla en toda la película y una historia poco interesante. Natalie Portman no encaja bien con Hayden Christensen y se nota mucho, y además de que Hayden es el participe del peor personaje de la película, mala actuación y un romance forzado en una sola película, no digo que esté mal pero podían haber hecho de un mejor desarrollo. Por otra parte la subtrama de Obi-Wan Kenobi es lo único interesante de la película y salvando el final de la película. Ewan McGregor hace un gran papel de Obi-Wan, pero ahora con más participación en pantalla lo cual muestra lo mejor de la película: unas escenas más que interesantes y hasta atrapantes. Christopher Lee protagonizó a unos de los mejores siths de esta saga, el Conde Dooku, su participación a pesar de no estar en gran parte en pantalla (no a nivel de Darth Maul), sus minutos valen oro. La implementación de los Clones en la saga es fantástico y épico, como también los orígenes del Cazarrecompenzas de la trilogía original. Aquí Yoda se luce y tiene más participación y por fin podremos verlo en acción, cosa que fantaseábamos desde la trilogía original. Samuel Jackson es perfecto como Mace Windu y también lo veremos en acción, y su presencia está bien justificada. El final me pareció algo flojo pero a la vez entretenido, dejando con una sensación de hype. Y en la banda sonora John Williams se iguala o hasta supera en algunos sentidos en respecto con "The Phantom Menace". Personalmente creo que pudo haber sido mejor. Expand
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stevenschatzSep 22, 2016
Score: 83%
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is an improvement from The Phantom Menace.

Pros:
- A ton of action
- Much more suspense
- An amazing plot
Cons:
- Bad acting / awkward love scenes
- A few really boring scenes
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bfoore90Sep 10, 2016
Probably the worst adaption in the Star Wars universe. The action is cool and it makes it at least watchable, the acting is hit and miss as well when they are trying to act their way around Lucas's ultra crappy dialogue. To this day, JangoProbably the worst adaption in the Star Wars universe. The action is cool and it makes it at least watchable, the acting is hit and miss as well when they are trying to act their way around Lucas's ultra crappy dialogue. To this day, Jango Fett is the only character with any appeal to me but unfortunately he was almost entirely wasted in this god-forsaken CGI porn fest. The only reason Jango is there is to probably sell toys and to give Boba a backstory, which is cool but at least give Jango a solid foundation to stand on himself. I don't understand how people say the Phantom Menace was worse than this one because I really don't see it and still don't to this day. The plot is full of holes and inconsistencies, stuff comes out of nowhere and you feel like someone should took Lucas aside and told him "No, this sucks. Stop it." Theres not alot of structure to anything in this movie but the forced and sometimes creepy and awkward dialogue ultimately was what killed this movie, again this movie would have been better if someone took Lucas aside and said, "Stop it, this sucks. This is bad." The only reason I give this movie a 4 instead of a 0 is because its Star Wars and its something I have loved dearly since I was a child. Again, there are thing to like here(Jango Fett) but ultimately its buried by a dumpster full of CGI upped crap. Expand
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MasterRileyJul 20, 2016
While I enjoy this one more than Episode 1, it isn't much better. It still suffers from pretty much everything the first one did; too many digital effects, a poorly written script, and poor performances. It does have some great action and isWhile I enjoy this one more than Episode 1, it isn't much better. It still suffers from pretty much everything the first one did; too many digital effects, a poorly written script, and poor performances. It does have some great action and is still a enjoyable experience, just not to the same level of the original trilogy. Expand
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KingPeixeJul 2, 2016
Like all of the prequels, it has an interesting story. And also like the prequels, it´s badly execute: bad writing, bad direction, wooden acting, a romance subplot that is lousy and painful, bad action scenes with bad cgi, the most poorlyLike all of the prequels, it has an interesting story. And also like the prequels, it´s badly execute: bad writing, bad direction, wooden acting, a romance subplot that is lousy and painful, bad action scenes with bad cgi, the most poorly executed lightsaber fight in the whole saga (yes, even worse than the one in episode IV), Yoda jumping around with a little green lightsaber, ridiculous clone subplot to justify a line of dialogue of episode IV, an attempt to ruin Bobba Fett´s character by casting a bad child actor to play his younger self, and the list goes on. The soundtrack is good, though, mainly Across the Stars, the love theme of Anakin and Padme, too bad it´s the theme of a very poorly written romance. Also, both Ewan McGregor and Christopher Lee show pretty solid acting , considering that is Lucas giving them directions and writing their lines. Expand
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CriticMLTJun 5, 2016
Not the best star wars film but still an awesome film. The story of Anikin/Darth vader is really getting me curious and how it is going to evolve in episode .
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Muskrat147May 31, 2016
Arguably the worst of the prequel films, Attack of the Clones is a decent entry in the saga. Though still riddled with poorly written dialogue and political chit-chat, the film featured many more action sequences with improved special effects.
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Aaron_WassermanMay 31, 2016
A slight improvement over Episode I. Still a poor movie. Written with horrible dialogue, bad effects, stupid plot, bad acting. It really is just a mess. The main part of the movie, the love between Anakin and Padme, is just terrible.
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CineAutoctonoMay 20, 2016
Star Wars: "Episode II" was not good but it was better than the first , especially when you already were we presented the adventures of Anakin , Obi Wan and Padme , startup has not thrilled me , then I was conveying little emotion, and veryStar Wars: "Episode II" was not good but it was better than the first , especially when you already were we presented the adventures of Anakin , Obi Wan and Padme , startup has not thrilled me , then I was conveying little emotion, and very intriguing the end, but it did not like me. Expand
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DukeJonApr 7, 2016
For me the weakest of all the Star Wars films. Hayden Christensen went a long way to killing this movie on his own as his performance was so wooden. Zero chemistry between him and Natalie Portman. Even Jango Fett and a cool clone wars battleFor me the weakest of all the Star Wars films. Hayden Christensen went a long way to killing this movie on his own as his performance was so wooden. Zero chemistry between him and Natalie Portman. Even Jango Fett and a cool clone wars battle at the end of the film couldn't save it. Expand
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aadityamudharApr 6, 2016
A major disappointment for a life long Star Wars fan. "Clones" has a bad, uninspired screenplay that earns snickers from the audience, especially Anakin and Padme's romance. The Anakin and Padme romance abuses the audience with so many oneA major disappointment for a life long Star Wars fan. "Clones" has a bad, uninspired screenplay that earns snickers from the audience, especially Anakin and Padme's romance. The Anakin and Padme romance abuses the audience with so many one line cliches I now call the movie "Attack of the Well-Worn Cliches." I don't know whether to blame the actors or the lousy screenplay writing for the quality of the acting. The movie also looks terrible because Lucas insisted on recording it in digital. Digital simply does not have the resolution of film and it really shows in "Clones." It's a pity because the movie would be great to look at otherwise, as Episode I was. I've seen "Clones" in both film and Digital and no matter how you look at it, it does not look as good as past Star Wars movies. Expand
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MovieMasterEddyApr 3, 2016
“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” could be one the worst movies ever made and still it would have the faithful rallying around the Lucas franchise, brandishing their light sabers like bayonets. Against that army of formidable“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” could be one the worst movies ever made and still it would have the faithful rallying around the Lucas franchise, brandishing their light sabers like bayonets. Against that army of formidable opponents, it seems like a waste of breath to point out the flaws in a movie that isn’t really a movie at all: truncated sequences that don’t string together into a coherent story, dialogue that may as well have been cobbled together out of pieces of wood instead of words, love scenes shot to look like douche commercials. At this point, George Lucas can put whatever he wants on-screen and get away with it. He has become the ruler of the universe, at least the one between his ears; his wish is our command.

Anyone who dares criticize Lucas has to be prepared for an onslaught of e-mail from fans. But the irony here is that for all the fan-boy loyalty he inspires, Lucas doesn’t make movies with the hopes or desires of an audience — any audience — in mind. In his fortress, the lights are on, but nobody’s home.

Forget for a minute that we’re the ones paying the electricity bill. “Attack of the Clones” is barely reviewable as a movie because it’s something so far beyond (and yet less than) anything an honest-to-God movie should be. It’s an event, a juggernaut, with a preprogrammed audience ready to like it whether it’s any good or not.

Of course, you could have said the same about “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” and you’d be right. But as aggressively piddling and impossible-to-follow as that film was, “Attack of the Clones” is actually worse. Instead of unraveling the back story behind the first “Star Wars” (now, of course, designated as Episode IV) in any recognizable narrative fashion, Lucas has decided to tell it with almost exclusively expository dialogue and a handful of not particularly impressive effects thrown in.

In fact, Lucas seems to have gone out of his way to make the plot complicated, as if following the wormy convolutions of the tale were supposed to be some kind of test — forget actually caring for the characters or being enthralled by the magic of a story as it unfolds. The message seems to be, if you find yourself unable to diagram the plot and all its alleged intricacies in 60 seconds or less, you can’t belong to the club.

Which may be why so many people, consciously or otherwise, are desperate to belong. In the case of “Attack of the Clones,” what does your Captain George Decoder Ring get you? You get the crawl at the beginning to explain where we’re at in the story, which you’ll need whether you remember a shred of the plot of “The Phantom Menace” or not.

Ten years have passed: Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) is no longer the queen of the planet Naboo, but an important senator who represents her home planet in the Galactic Republic. Even though we don’t really see her do anything except flit about in the worst movie gowns since “Mahogany,” she apparently is important enough for someone to want to assassinate her.

An attempt on Padmé’s life fails, and Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, again doing a fine Alec Guinness impersonation but otherwise seeming lost and alone in the galaxy as the one actor attempting to give a real performance in this mess) and his young protégé Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are assigned to investigate.

The trail leads them to Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and you know he’s bad because his name sounds kind of like kidspeak for “turd.” Dooku is a separatist who wants to secede from the Republic and otherwise stir up all sorts of trouble. Luckily, though, on a distant planet everybody has forgotten about, there’s an army of mighty soldier clones who are almost ready to receive their orders to defend the Republic. They’ve been grown from the earwax scrapings of a fearless bounty hunter named Jango Fett, who’s the last of the Mandalorians and also the forefather of a great Gypsy guitarist.

In other words, this is a story you’ll definitely want to take seriously. It really heats up when young Anakin and Amadala, who knew each other as kids but haven’t laid eyes on each other since the puberty fairy waved his magic rod, fall desperately in love. But of course, a Jedi knight isn’t allowed to have relationships with the fair sex, and a senator has no time for nookie, anyway.

Thus we’re subjected to an embarrassingly dewy scene, set on a soft-focus hillside straight out of “The Sound of Music,” in which the two roll around playfully together on the grass, each hoping to inadvertently cop a feel. Later, they stare into each other’s eyes on a moonlit terrace, talking in hushed tones about the infeasibility of inserting Tab A into Slot B. Forget “Spaceballs” — we’re talking “Blue Balls.”
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ReelViews94Mar 23, 2016
In many ways, George Lucas has only his success to blame. As one of the leading lights of the digital movement, Lucas and his effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic have made miracles look a little more commonplace with every passingIn many ways, George Lucas has only his success to blame. As one of the leading lights of the digital movement, Lucas and his effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic have made miracles look a little more commonplace with every passing year, by turning out CGI worlds so awesome that awe alone is beginning to show its limitations. In Attack Of The Clones, a turgid and uninspired entry in the diminishing Star Wars pantheon, virtually every shot has been designed to introduce jaws to the pavement, with dense cityscapes that stretch to infinity in all directions and breathtaking panoramas that put nature's best to shame. But without the mythical power or giddy adventurousness of the first two Star Wars movies, the impact is strangely numbing, like watching a two-and-a-half-hour ILM show reel in search of moneyed investors. Though a marginal improvement over 1999's The Phantom Menace—if only because it pushes infamous clearance-bin sidekick Jar-Jar Binks to the margins—Attack Of The Clones runs into a similar set of problems, mainly caused by characters opening their mouths to speak. Never a competent director of actors, who often look stiff and disoriented against the blue-screen backdrops, Lucas gets little help from Hayden Christensen, his choice to bring young Anakin Skywalker from precocious childhood into petulant adolescence. As a gifted Jedi under the strict tutelage of Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi, Christensen pouts and glowers at the camera every time the Dark Side tempts him, which happens a lot when he oversteps his bounds to stop a faction of separatists that threatens the stability of the Republic. Assigned to protect Natalie Portman, former Queen and now Senator of the peace-loving planet Naboo, Christensen breaks the Jedi code by falling in love with her, though no amount of frolicking and flowery dialogue can get those feelings across. Away from their square courtship, McGregor looks far more comfortable and commanding this time as Kenobi, whose investigation of an attempt on Portman's life leads him to a larger plot involving a bounty hunter (Temuera Morrison), a former Jedi (Christopher Lee), and a massive clone army. Lucas and his technicians sweat heavily over the eye candy, crafting amazingly detailed worlds and opulent interior spaces that wouldn't have been possible before the digital age. But save for a crowd-pleasing moment with Yoda, the movie remains pretty and inert, with no authentic emotion, no cumulative power, and no sense of physicality and danger in the action sequences. In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas' lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in. Expand
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JoroAMar 21, 2016
The movie mirrors the originals many times, but unfortunately not as good and it lacks it's own identity. It seems to have focused on the romance which is not done so well, and action. However the action is not that interesting in thisThe movie mirrors the originals many times, but unfortunately not as good and it lacks it's own identity. It seems to have focused on the romance which is not done so well, and action. However the action is not that interesting in this episode and for those who don't like CGI. The story is interesting though and you get to see Jedi at their prime. The movie at times slows down too much and immediately starts another action scene, which leads to some pacing problems, but a fun watch never the less . Expand
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PachekoviskMar 17, 2016
BAD
The worst star wars film. (not including the holiday special)
Terrible acting
Weird romance
Excessive use of CGI
REALLY BORING, even as a kid I found this film boring!

Just Bad
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YorkManMar 10, 2016
Attack of the Clones (AotC) is the absolute nadir of the franchise. Although The Phantom Menace was bad, it was the start of a new trilogy and as such was primarily setting up characters and the universe. OK, it introduced two of the mostAttack of the Clones (AotC) is the absolute nadir of the franchise. Although The Phantom Menace was bad, it was the start of a new trilogy and as such was primarily setting up characters and the universe. OK, it introduced two of the most hated aspects of the franchise (Jar Jar Binks, and the idea of 'Midichlorians'), but there was enough action and some pretty good set pieces. Throw in John Williams best piece of music since Raider of the Lost Ark (Duel of the Fates), and there was a real buzz that the second part of the trilogy could exceed expectations, if.... IF... George Lucas took on board what the viewers liked and (more importantly) disliked about TPM.

But, George Lucas didn't do that.

Instead he came up with one of the most hated films of all time.
Virtually everything about the movie is awful. From the lacklustre, by the numbers, boring direction, to the slow paced, tiresome, almost nonsensical plot. The editing is atrocious, the score is bland, the overuse of CGI/Green screen, the truly inept comedic moments..... And that's not even mentioning the worst part of all.... The casting of Hayden Christensen in the pivotal/vital role of the now teenage Anakin Skywalker.

The plot revolves around the fact the Jedi can no longer use the Force to see images of the future. The Dark Side has compromised their abilities, and as such the Jedi are making decisions blindly.

As a consequence, despite it making no sense, they charge Anakin with the protection of Senator (formerly Queen) Amidala, and they go for a romantic vacation to Naboo. Meanwhile Obi-Wan is tasked with uncovering a conspiracy surrounding a planet removed from the Jedi archive, due to it being the home of the assassin who is trying to kill the Senator.

At the same time the evil Darth Sideous/Chancellor Palpatine is maneouvering the political side of things, stirring up trouble in the senate, whilst promoting the increasingly aggressive acts of violence by a separatist group (under the control of former Jedi Count Dooku, but now Dark Jedi (and Sideous' new apprentice) Darth Tyranus).

The three parallel storylines unfold, with Anakin and Padme Amidala falling in love, Obi-Wan discovering a secret clone army, and Count Dooku/Palpatine causing political ructions.
The film builds up to a climax on an industrial planet, where all Hell breaks loose and we get the obligatory big fight scenes and subdued ending.

When you write down the basic plot synopsis, it doesn't sound so bad. And I suspect, on paper, George Lucas thought so too.
But, the actual finished product is simply horrific.
As mentioned, the entire plot makes no sense, there are innumerate plotholes, as well as moments where you just say 'well, why didn't he/she/they just do this instead?' as you stare blankly at the screen in disbelief at the stupidity of virtually every character in the film.

Anyway, back to Hayden Christensen. He's shown he can act, in other subsequent films. but in AotC he's more wooden than the Black Forest, and appears to have no idea what he's doing.
But then again, it doesn't help that he (and everyone else) is working from one of the most terrible scripts ever written. It's almost as if George Lucas was unable (as both director/writer) to imagine his actors expressing emotion through their acting/vocal range/physical expressions etc. So, he instead chose to actually have the characters simply state their emotional point of view. In most cases it's cringeworthy, in some (Hayden Christensen, I'm talking about you!!) it's unintentionally hilarious.

I'm being extremely critical, but that's because there are people out there (read some of the other 'reviews') who think that the original Trilogy is some kind of masterwork.... These people need to take a step back and either admit they were wrong, or offer up some real arguments/points about why they would give this movie anything other than a well-deserved low score!!

Are there any good points?? Well, there's far less Jar Jar, and Midichlorians (whilst mentioned) are played down immensely. It's also good to see a large group of Jedi in action, at the peak of their powers... Even if they are just waving waving sticks in a choreographed manner in front of a green screen.... It still has some resonance, and is as close as Star Wars ever got to really putting the Jedi (as this mythical group of warriors) on-screen.
But apart from those things....It's pretty much the crap-fest I've explained it to be. Ultimately, I suspect people on this site will have seen the movie, and if someone hasn't, they'll more than likely pull up some official review from YouTube, or look up something on Google...
So, it's just been about me expressing my opinions, in the hope someone has a look.
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TheQuietGamerFeb 12, 2016
*Updated review*

George Lucas delivers a visual treat. While definitely not a piece of perfect filmmaking, the seemingly always lovable Star Wars universe kept me enthralled once. With plenty of imagination, spectacle, and visual delights
*Updated review*

George Lucas delivers a visual treat. While definitely not a piece of perfect filmmaking, the seemingly always lovable Star Wars universe kept me enthralled once. With plenty of imagination, spectacle, and visual delights it's a very entertaining follow up that isn't as bad as I originally thought.

A big issue many had with The Phantom Menace was the amount of on the political side of the universe. While an ultimately necessary evil, one that I personally had no problems with, those elements are still present here. They have been toned down quite a bit though. Something many will find a blessing.

Politics are still the backbone of the story, but Lucas is using them to support the more immediate plot. With romance, action, intrigue, and mystery the continued adventures and growth of Anakin Skywalker are likely to be more appealing to a wider audience then Episode I.

George Luas shows once again that he knows how to create some spectacular and exciting action. However when it comes to getting believable performances from all of the cast, he stumbles. Actors like Ewan McGregor, Sir Christopher Lee, and Samuel Jackson do good to great jobs at their characters, but some of the cast just give poor performances. The worst offender is Hayden Christensen. He's awkward, stiff, and wooden. An offense made even worse by the fact that he's playing Anakin Skywalker. You know, Darth Vader himself. The big star of the series.

Perhaps though some of the more unenjoyable performances can be blamed on Lucas as a director. Either way they help to add to a certain cheesy feel of the movie. Also adding to it is the occasionally awkward dialog. Just by watching the scenes that form the romance between Anakin and Padme you can tell that Lucas was really trying to sell the soap opera part of his space opera series. Some of these scenes can be downright cringe worthy.

However despite these issues I still found myself enjoying nearly every second of this movie. There is a lot of action here and it is all thrilling. From exciting one on one fights between characters (including one really surprising one near the end) to a magnificent and downright gloriously huge final battle, if you are looking to see some incredible throw downs then look no further.

Even the plotting is made better when you remember that the, at times grating, character of Anakin is going to be Darth Vader. We are literally watching the evolution of one of cinemas greatest villains. For all of it's issues there is enough good going to make them seem almost minuscule in the grand scheme of things. At least it does in my eyes. The Star Wars universe has enchanted me yet again and made me realize that all I was remembering about this movie over the years was the bad. Thanks goodness I've decided to re-watch both trilogies again, because I remembered there is a lot to love here.

My total score for the movie is a 9.9/10
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woodelfFeb 10, 2016
so bad I've never managed to watch the whole movie, never resisted until the ending and I've tried twice. One of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life, and I'm 44.
Awful screenplay, flat characters, a lot of unintentional humor.
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koothrappaliFeb 1, 2016
Episódio II é como o anterior: chato, mas diferente do I, ele não é desnecessário. O filme é um pouco melhor que a decepção do anterior, se não tivessem transformado 80% do filme em uma comédia romântica. C-3PO e e R2-D2 salvando mais umEpisódio II é como o anterior: chato, mas diferente do I, ele não é desnecessário. O filme é um pouco melhor que a decepção do anterior, se não tivessem transformado 80% do filme em uma comédia romântica. C-3PO e e R2-D2 salvando mais um episódio do mediano prequel de Star Wars. Expand
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RobobobFeb 1, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. THE worst Star Wars film... and this is coming for a life long Star Wars fan. There is so much wrong with this film I don't know where to begin. Let's start with the title: Why is this movie called Attack of the Clones? Who are they attacking because they actually come to the rescue at the end of the movie. This title would have fitted the third film better.
The "friendship" between Obi-Wan and Anakin is not believable. Obi-Wan is sometimes a bossy father figure while Anakin comes across as a pouty spoiled brat.
The "love" between Padme and Anakin is also not believable. Yeah, they're both good looking but aside from that why are they attracted to each other? Girls, if a guy cries to you on your first date that he's slain a village full of people, dump him and move out of town. Guys, if a girl keeps telling you she's not interested but keeps wearing sexy clothes during alone time, she's a tease... move on.
Some of the epic battle scenes look video game cutscenes from a PS3 game. Something just looks off. Maybe it's because every clone trooper is CGI instead of an actor in a suit.
Aside from those major issues there's plenty of silly moments like when Jango Fett chooses to kill his bounty hunter partner instead of killing the 2 Jedi that had their backs to him. Oh, and if he is the best bounty hunter in the galaxy then why is he paying someone else to do his work?
Anakin jumps out of a speeder thousands of feet in the air and Obi-Wan says, "I hate it when he does that." Really? Anakin is jumping out of moving vehicles often or just doing stupid things often?
And the icing on the cake: Why would the scheming Sith master create 2 armies to fight each other when he could just use both to take over a galactic government that has no standing army? The entire basis of the trilogy is just plain idiotic.
There's tons more, but I wasted enough time talking about this train wreck of a film.
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TheMasiMan1Jan 22, 2016
Its just like Phantom Menace, but with less Jar Jar and more greatness! That massive Jedi battle? Awesome. Christopher Lee? Sweet. Hayden Christiensen? Well... he looks just like what I thought but his acting? Eeh... its okay I guess. CGIIts just like Phantom Menace, but with less Jar Jar and more greatness! That massive Jedi battle? Awesome. Christopher Lee? Sweet. Hayden Christiensen? Well... he looks just like what I thought but his acting? Eeh... its okay I guess. CGI Yoda? Looks better than the Phantom Menace one! Those massive battles? Great. Origin story of Boba Fett? Not so great.

Overall: Great movie, go see it.
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J0eJan 15, 2016
Why do so many people dislike this movie. There are only two bad actors and 4 bad characters but it has great characters we have seen before and some awesome new characters a good story and less Jar Jar Kit Fisto, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, andWhy do so many people dislike this movie. There are only two bad actors and 4 bad characters but it has great characters we have seen before and some awesome new characters a good story and less Jar Jar Kit Fisto, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, and Anakin are awesome despite Anakin not having the best acting well voice acting his facial acting is very good and the movie has good fight scenes and 3 awesome bad guys and once again 2 bad ones but they are from the last movie. Overall it is a great movie and has some flaws. Expand
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UrbanlistenerJan 12, 2016
Like the previous one, it is not a terrible film nor a good one it is just okay. No improvement over episode I, what was good is still good, but what was bad gets a bit worse, uh hum Hayden...
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hanneguacamoleJan 8, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can usually sense how much I like a movie for how long I will stay up at night to watch it. This episode took me nearly three days. While I certainly enjoyed Attack of the Clones more than The Phantom Menace, I hesitate to say that it truly was a superior movie. George Lucas tries to bring a sense of imagination and distance to each film, but in this case the aspects of Star Wars that originally made me love it were glaringly absent.

The plotline of Anakin and Padme could not have been more predictable, and with each passing minute I grew to dislike Anakin more and more. Knowing he will turn to the dark side, his character development is apparent, but not exciting, not memorable. The Attack of the Clones is not particularly clever and it reminded me strongly of being made with sadness rather than the wonder I sensed in the original trilogy.

I truly wish each character in Episode II would be as well-spoken as Yoda. I felt that the performances by Obi-Wan, but Anakin and Padme in particular, were quite lifeless. I wanted so much for them to light up the screen with their friendship, as we saw with Luke and Han and Leia, but in no way was this the same. All I sensed was disdain and resentment – a demure cousin to what we have known.

If only Lucas had realized that for this trilogy to be magnificent, it must be able to stand on its own and not serve solely as a prequel to the (obviously superior) original movies. Anakin's journey may be similar to his son's, but Luke Skywalker is infinitely more charismatic and entertaining to watch. I love Star Wars, and I always will, but this could have been so much more.
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gameguardian21Jan 8, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was so disappointed in this film. It may have improved over the phantom menace, but that doesn't mean it is good. The worst part of this film is the love story. The worst I have seen in a film since twilight. It had terrible dialog, awkward scenes, and george should have never have written this mess. However, across the stars is a great peice of music, which focused on the love story. There are parts I do like about the movie, like the battle of geniosious. Seening the jedi as a group fighting gave me a exciting feeling. The lightsaber fight between anakin, obi wan, and dooku was pretty good, but the fight between yoda and dooku could have been longer and better. Expand
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FilmMasterEdJan 5, 2016
Is the magic back? Not without a price, baby. The Star Wars engine has been stalled for so long, you have to trudge through nearly an hour of Episode II - Attack of the Clones just to hear it cough and turn over. Still, the Force againstIs the magic back? Not without a price, baby. The Star Wars engine has been stalled for so long, you have to trudge through nearly an hour of Episode II - Attack of the Clones just to hear it cough and turn over. Still, the Force against dullness is finally goosing George Lucas. To alleviate his usual cornball jokes and solemn mythmaking, Lucas throws in Jedi love (who knew Jedis take a vow not to screw?). And check out the babe casting of the lovers: Natalie Portman as queen turned senator Padme Amidala, decked out in belly-baring outfits Britney would envy, and Hayden Christensen as hotheaded Jedi-in-training Anakin (Darth Vader's inside me somewhere) Skywalker. Clones is crammed with action, grand digital design and a dark side Lucas hasn't flaunted since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Death, dismemberment, lost mommies, demon daddies and Freudian subtext are a huge improvement over the Jar Jar juvenilia that blighted 1999's Phantom Menace — a prequel that everyone saw and no one wants to remember.

The big problem, aside from the fact that The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings outclassed Lucas at his own game, is talk, talk, talk. Even with script help from Jonathan Hales, Lucas still can't write dialogue that doesn't induce projectile vomiting. And the film's visual snap (it was all shot digitally) leaves emotions at a chilly remove. What helps are the cool gadgets and cooler villains, notably the great Christopher Lee as Count Dooku and New Zealander Temuera Morrison as bounty hunter Jango Fett, daddy to clone son Boba (Daniel Logan). Even Ewan McGregor has stopped playing Jedi master Obi-wan Kenobi with a stick up his ass.

The plot? Don't tell me you want to hear that there's unrest in the galactic Senate, that Count Dooku's separatist movement is a threat to the limited number of Jedi knights, that... help, my eyes are glazing over.

The point is: It's war, and Lucas pulls out all the stops when the separatists and their battle droids take on the Republic and its clone army. It's a treat to see that old troll Yoda stop overstating the obvious ("Begun, this Clone War has") and start kicking separatist ass. The climactic duel between Yoda (no longer a puppet but a digital warrior) and Count Dooku is a rouser. As is the arena faceoff that pits Anakin, Padme and Obi-wan against three digital monsters, a mere warmup to the big battle led by Jedi master Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson). Lucas delivers the fireworks, from asteroid showers to air speeders and swoop bikes, but it's overkill. Much more should have been made of the relationship between Jango, the template for the clone army, and Boba, the young son he loves and corrupts. Much less should have been made of the insufferably coy banter between Anakin and Padme. It's only when tragedy intrudes that Portman (the Lolita-ish star of The Professional) and Christensen (best known as the teen who earned drug money by letting middle-age men blow him in Life As a House) strike harsher, truer notes. Clones ends with a wedding for the future parents of Luke and Princess Leia. But it's the glimpse of Darth Vader that Lucas gives us in Anakin — traumatized by the murder of his mother and capable of killing innocents — that reminds us of the dark power Star Wars exerted before it became a franchise. It's about time.
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BarneyOnMTJan 5, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: Unlike with the Phantom Menace, this prequel actually has us excited. Thanks to two great plots switching back and forth for the majority of 'attack of the clones,' audiences can actually begin to feel tense or expectant. What'sWHAT I LIKED: Unlike with the Phantom Menace, this prequel actually has us excited. Thanks to two great plots switching back and forth for the majority of 'attack of the clones,' audiences can actually begin to feel tense or expectant. What's more is there's LOTS more action in place of people sitting and talking space rubbish.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's just so dragged out thanks to politics that'd baffle any non Star Wars fans, poor writing and one 45 minute explosion of CGI action at the end. Plus why Lucas feels the need for the injection of such awful humor is ridiculous.
VERDICT: Not as dull as it's predecessor, 'Attack of the clones' is fairly good until the third act where it's just senseless action.
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Sergio2008Jan 3, 2016
An improvement over it's predecessor, but still suffers from the same mistakes. Boring, poor dialogue, uninteresting love angle, and a drag too watch.
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MrMovieBuffJan 3, 2016
"I don't like sand, it's coarse, rough, it's irritating. And it gets everywhere" The wise words of our hopeless hero in George Lucas' 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones', the second installment of the prequel trilogy.

The second feature
"I don't like sand, it's coarse, rough, it's irritating. And it gets everywhere" The wise words of our hopeless hero in George Lucas' 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones', the second installment of the prequel trilogy.

The second feature focuses on our "hero"(?) Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) as he is still training to become a true Jedi, thanks to the lessons of the legendary Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). But, only one thing seems to bother our now grown-up hero, he is still infatuated with Padme (Natalie Portman), even though Jedi are not supposed to fall in love.

While the CGI continues to improve and still looks impressive (this was made in 2002), that isn't enough to hie the stiff acting, mostly coming from the lead actor, Christensen. Every line of dialogue, once again, is like poetry, so you can't blame him for having a bit of trouble making these lines sound convincing, lines such as; "I'm haunted by the kiss, that you should never have given me", Lucas, what ever happened to just the simple "You shouldn't have kissed me...that was bad"? Do you really expect your actors to give good performances with these lines?

Ewan McGregor is the reason why you should continue to watch this movie, his presence, and convincing performance makes me glad that he is just there. The movie lights up whenever he is on screen, and you cannot help but wonder why McGregor is still part of this tragedy of a series.

The main enemy is Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and he gives another great performance, as expected. My issue is that, he doesn't seem to be a memorable villain in the "Star Wars" canon. Maybe it's because he is mentioned in the crawl text sequence, but doesn't show up until way after the half-way point of the film.

Another issue with this movie is the forced romance between Christensen and Portman. I'm not sure if it is because of the dialogue, or Christensen's stiff acing, but you just feel disconnected and uninterested in their romance. They could get together, they could die, it doesn't matter, nobody cares.

There are a lot more droids in this movie, and they seem more human than Hayden Christensen...maybe Christensen would have been better off playing a droid than Anakin Skywalker.

This has got to be the most boring "Star Wars" movie ever made. I remember when I first saw this movie years ago, and all I could do was wait for the end credits...I would rather watch the end credits of this movie than the movie itself. The reason I reluctantly used the word "boring" was because this movie is nothing but people talking to each other, and that it keeps shifting back and forth to Obi Wan doing something, and then Anakin and Padme doing something else. There is just nothing else interesting going on here.

One more problem, without spoilers, is that there is this one death scene that occurs and it's supposed to be emotional, of course, like most death scenes. But the acting is so unconvincing, that it just seems pointless and that they're trying too hard.

All in all, 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' is the worst movie in the iconic "Star Wars" franchise.
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anichelsJan 1, 2016
By far the worst movie from the prequels. It focused more on the actual clone wars than
the Jedi or the universe.
Loved the inclusion of Jango Fett/Boba Fett, thought the scene where all of the Jedi going into combat together was neat, but
By far the worst movie from the prequels. It focused more on the actual clone wars than
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Loved the inclusion of Jango Fett/Boba Fett, thought the scene where all of the Jedi going into combat together was neat, but overdone.
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NestriReviewsDec 30, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones is a huge improvement over it's predecessor, doing a better job by executing the story well. However, I just hate Anakin in this movie. He is poorly written, acted and he just lacks the charisma of Luke. He's so damn boring. And the relationship between Anakin and the Queen is just so damn corny and lacks elegance. However, I liked the villain here (Dooku), because he was interesting in this movie. As for the bounty hunter, he was nothing special. His personality is almost non-existent in this movie really, but he looked cool with the Bounty Hunter armor. But, the last 30 minutes were badass, and just because of those final minutes, this movie gets a solid 6. I mean, watching Jedi Masters fight together was epic indeed. So, this movie is nothing special, barely decent, but it's still a massive improvement Expand
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seventhbeaconDec 30, 2015
Begun, this bowel movement has.

Easily the worst Star Wars film of them all (yes, even more so than Phantom Menace). A testament to what happens when George Lucas has complete creative freedom and no one there to question him creatively.
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marcmyworksDec 27, 2015
I don't think there are enough words to explain how much I hate this film. It doesn't mean I won't try. I loothe this movie, from its incredible bad dialogue, to its unnecessary use of CGI (the chairs in Amadala's room? Really?). I would haveI don't think there are enough words to explain how much I hate this film. It doesn't mean I won't try. I loothe this movie, from its incredible bad dialogue, to its unnecessary use of CGI (the chairs in Amadala's room? Really?). I would have hoped after the disaster of Episode 1 George Lucas may have decided to bring a bit back of what was loved. Unfortunately it just doesn't work. Expand
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Movie1997Dec 22, 2015
"The Phantom Menace" may be a simply a bad movie, this one is unfortunately worse. Instead of loads of tax federation crap, we got loads of Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman having a horrifically forced love story. Instead of mildly fun"The Phantom Menace" may be a simply a bad movie, this one is unfortunately worse. Instead of loads of tax federation crap, we got loads of Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman having a horrifically forced love story. Instead of mildly fun light saber fights, we get mediocre light saber fights. Instead of bad writing, we get abizmole writing. You see the point I'm trying to make. After "The Phantom Menace" didn't deliver like most people hoped it would, you would at least expect Lucas to actually try with the next one. And to be fair he does try to be different. However, he goes in the opposite direction and writes one of the worst loves in history and a story about clone troopers that doesn't go into effect until the last act. Beyond just the screenplay, the visuals still look hoaky, some even worse than last time. The performances are honestly even worse than from the last movie. If anything, I felt that my time was wasted for the most part. Again, like "The Phantom Menace", there are moments of promise. But there's very little of it. Where as "The Phantom Menace" had its good moments a little too far and in between, "Attack of the Clones" barely has any moments like that throughout the entire movie. With a title like "Attack of the Clones", I was hoping for something fun and exciting even if it was brainless fun. Overall, it disappoints even more so than usual with terrible dialogue, terrible performances, a terrible story, and a terribly God-awful love story. I give it a D+! Expand
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SEROJDec 20, 2015
Without adding any spoilers, i would like to say that this part was actually not that great! Decent directing from George Lucas! The second part of the prequel "Clone wars" gets my 5/10!
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YellowKirbyDec 19, 2015
Like 'Phantom', this entry in the beloved 'Star Wars' saga is too much like a video game, and has a terrible script. Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman were wooden,and Ewan McGregor wasn't much better.

The unnatural romance between
Like 'Phantom', this entry in the beloved 'Star Wars' saga is too much like a video game, and has a terrible script. Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman were wooden,and Ewan McGregor wasn't much better.

The unnatural romance between Anakin and Padme is probably the film's biggest weakness. It portrays Anakin as a creepy stalker, and the script makes it worse. "I don't like sand."

Finally, it's too goddamn long! The war scene at the end becomes so boring, it's easy to lose track of who the hell is who and where the hell they are.

So, while defiantly an improvement on 'Phantom,' story-wise (but only marginally), Attack of the Clones doesn't do this beloved saga much justice.
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ReubenIsAGodDec 17, 2015
unmemorable, uninspired and god awfully dull. Whilst not the worst in the prequel films it does suck that this is considered to be cannon. I think what all these films really needed was just another persons vision, because George Lucas didn'tunmemorable, uninspired and god awfully dull. Whilst not the worst in the prequel films it does suck that this is considered to be cannon. I think what all these films really needed was just another persons vision, because George Lucas didn't set out to please his fans, he just wanted money. The cuts are terrible, the Dialog is god-awfully cheesy and all the acting feels uninspired and just feels robotic. I honesty recommend you dont watch any of the prequel films, they really do just spoil the beauty and wonder of the original films. So do yourself a favor and skip this film, u well just leave feeling disappointed. Expand
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ColeSoderstromDec 12, 2015
The worst Star Wars movie out of all 6. It was by no means a bad film but it had more bad quality so than good. The good was that Ewan Mcgreagor did a fantastic job as obi-wan jar jar was not in this film as much Yoda was badass great battlesThe worst Star Wars movie out of all 6. It was by no means a bad film but it had more bad quality so than good. The good was that Ewan Mcgreagor did a fantastic job as obi-wan jar jar was not in this film as much Yoda was badass great battles and action and jango fetc was pretty cool. The bad was the romance between Anakin and Padme. Don't get me wrong romance can be awesome in a Star Wars movie for an example Han Solo and Leia but this was just terrible. R2-D2 was CG that sucked. Hayden christiansens performence was bad. The story was meh. Lots of CG that was obviously fake. In conclusion this movie was not bad but not good just ok. Expand
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FlickFreaks83Dec 11, 2015
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 andThere 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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TheDude-Dec 9, 2015
Attack of the clones is the second installment in the star wars prequel trilogy saga, I will start off by saying that attack of the clones could have been a could have been a fantastic movie it just needed a few tweaks for example if theAttack of the clones is the second installment in the star wars prequel trilogy saga, I will start off by saying that attack of the clones could have been a could have been a fantastic movie it just needed a few tweaks for example if the relationship between Anakin and Padme was not written so awkwardly, if they didn't write Anakin like such a brat and if they had have put a bit more focus on the character building and we also could have used a lot more of Obi Wan Kenobi as he is the best character in the prequels, it could have been great, but that's not to say AOTC is terrible the action sequences are a lot of fun to watch and are well crafted, Ewan McGregor is brilliant as Obi Wan giving a lot of wit, sarcasm and bad assitude to the character and not to mention the movie has beautifully conceived landscapes and cinematography.
Verdict: Attack of the clones is aesthetically pleasing as it does have some great action sequences and cinematography and obi wan's sarcastic humour is very well written but the characters and story are nowhere near as fleshed out as I would have liked them to have been.
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horcrux2007Dec 7, 2015
Five movies in, and I think I've finally come to my definitive least favorite of the series. It's not bad, per say, just underwhelming, although it does have an better plot than The Phantom Menace. In Attack of the Clones, the GalacticFive movies in, and I think I've finally come to my definitive least favorite of the series. It's not bad, per say, just underwhelming, although it does have an better plot than The Phantom Menace. In Attack of the Clones, the Galactic Republic is on the brink of civil war when several planetary system threaten to secede under the leadership of rogue Jedi Count Dooku. An assassination attempt is made on Senator Padme Amidala, so Anakin Skywalker is tasked with protecting her, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi goes to investigate. Luckily, Episode II did deliver on my hope from Episode I in that the plot moves considerably forward, and some of the more notable characters are given more screen time (or less in Jar Jar's case, thank god). Padme and Anakin have a romantic subplot that I didn't mind, and Obi-Wan is always fun to watch, but I thought Anakin's character was much more interesting in this movie. There was quite a bit of foreshadowing of Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader that put the prequels into a better context and made Anakin more intriguing. It'd be nice if Hayden Christensen wasn't so awful in his role. Attack of the Clones does succumb to middle-chapter problems at times. There wasn't anything as memorable as the Darth Maul battle in The Phantom Menace or the speeder bike chase in Return of the Jedi. The fight between Yoda and Count Dooku is pretty cool at first, but watching a little green alien jump around like Sonic got old after a while. Attack of the Clones is still just as entertaining and fun as the other Star Wars movies, even if it's one of the weaker entries. Expand
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TheApplegnomeDec 6, 2015
’Attack of The Clones’ is another example of George Lucas’s recent attempts of basic storytelling. The vast amount of dry, forced and bad expositions (and dialogs) are one of the film’s worst aspects. The characters often have to express and’Attack of The Clones’ is another example of George Lucas’s recent attempts of basic storytelling. The vast amount of dry, forced and bad expositions (and dialogs) are one of the film’s worst aspects. The characters often have to express and explain their feelings and exactly what they're thinking, even in situations where there’s no need for that because we already understand what they’re going through. The romance between the main antagonist; Anakin, and the senator of Naboo; Padmé, are at some moments somewhat okay presented, meanwhile in other scenes total rubbish. Romance should be relatable, understandable and wonderful; not forced and non-existing like in this flick. The problem is in the script, it’s not the actors fault that for example; the romance didn't work out in a better and more ”The Empire Strikes Back-ish" way. And speaking of the actors performance’s; the cast is very good even though they’aren't perfect. Nathalie Portman has improved in a more nuanced way than in ’The Phantom Menace', where her performance was way too one-dimensional. It’s a bit the same with Ian McDiarmid, who continues to impress on the big screen as Palpatine! The main protagonist Count Dooku is a somewhat wise and of course menacing villain, but there’s no feeling nor any real depth to him. But is it still a somewhat okay film? That depends strongly on how well you can notice and embrace the flaws. It does have a lot of eye-candy though; like stunning cinematography. Other great aspects are excellent (but sometimes vague) CGI, great scenes of action and intensity, intriguing music and even some artistic moments here and there. But there’s still not that much of what the film is supposed to be about; the attack of the clones. Because we continue to see our heroes, sitting in circles, talking with dry and forced dialogs.

I grew up to this prequel-franchise, and I still enjoy to watch it from time to time. But the flaws are so awful and obvious so my critical viewpoint is overly mad about this flick!

Personal rating: 70/100
Critical Rating: 40/100
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gdiego135Dec 5, 2015
It 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 theIt 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
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ThatCooperGuyDec 4, 2015
I was very reluctant to re-watch this movie because I literally have no good memories with this one, or any memories of it at all. That's the film's biggest problem, you can't recall anything in it, it's kind of just "there". Just sittingI was very reluctant to re-watch this movie because I literally have no good memories with this one, or any memories of it at all. That's the film's biggest problem, you can't recall anything in it, it's kind of just "there". Just sitting there, doing absolutely nothing. I feared it would be just as terrible and awful as any other Star Wars fan said it was, but to be honest, I didn't think it was that terrible to sit through.

Now, don't get me wrong. This film was bad, like... REALLY bad, but the writing was so tremendously awful that I found it really entertaining. It's not like "Phantom Menace" where it's sometimes bad and sometimes good. Instead it's sometimes really bad, but sometimes really funny. It seems George Lucas and this second writer (Jonathan Hales) had no idea what the hell they're doing, and it shows... it seriously shows...

There's barely anything I actually like in this movie. Ewan McGregor still does a good job as Obi-Wan and John Williams' score is alright, but it certainly is my least favorite Star Wars soundtrack.

One scene I like in concept and almost in execution was whenever Anakin finds his dying mother. She ends up saying "I love you" and dies in his arms, pretty cliché but it was pretty sad as well. Sadly, it's followed up by two really terrible scenes (one of them very funny).

The first scene is immediately after Anakin's mom dies, he slaughters all the Tuskin Raiders. Why? It's pretty clear Lucas is trying to show the audience that Anakin is moving towards the dark side with all these terrible things happening to him, but why does he have to kill the sand people? It would of been so much better if he had just snuck out of the camp with his mother's body and went back to Padme and his family members without killing anyone. Have him swallow the sadness like Luke did in the '77 Star Wars.

The second scene is when Anakin returns to Padme and has an outburst of how he killed all the sand people and how much he hates them, complete with him tearing up about it. It's so damn funny, but I feel really bad for Hayden Christensen (actor who plays Anakin). I get the impression that he's really trying to give a good performance, but Lucas' script is so terrible that it becomes so hilariously bad.

The digital effects are both pretty good and very bad, mostly suffering by the fact that instead of 20% practical effects it's now around 5%-10% practical, just about everything in this movie is a digital effect. A lot of it looks really bad, especially the greenscreen bits.

"Attack of the Clones" is so much worse than "Phantom Menace", it wasn't as horrendous to sit through like I thought it would be, but I still think it is definitely the worst Star Wars movie we ever got. I am never going back to watch this movie unless I'm in the mood for watching a movie that's "So bad it's funny".

I'm gonna try to make it my goal to see every Star Wars movie in a movie theater, but when I end up only having "Attack of the Clones" as the final movie to see, I hope it's with my friends so that we could have a "MST3K/RiffTrax" sort of commentary. That's how hilariously bad this movie is, I'll never be able to take it seriously.

I didn't even touch on how they gave Yoda a stupid baby sized lightsaber and how that goes against everything he stood for in the Original Trilogy...
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GamerMxNov 28, 2015
Es en este episodio donde conoceriamos al mejor y mas poderoso jedi de todos, en cambio nos regalan la vision imborrable de un puberto insufrible, estupido y pedante que hace imposible cualquier empatia, como es que este inepto se convirtioEs en este episodio donde conoceriamos al mejor y mas poderoso jedi de todos, en cambio nos regalan la vision imborrable de un puberto insufrible, estupido y pedante que hace imposible cualquier empatia, como es que este inepto se convirtio en Darth Vader? Expand
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SpangleNov 27, 2015
Attack of the Clones is not bad. To me, people who have a major hatred towards this film look at the originals with nostalgia glasses on. While Episodes V and VI are great, A New Hope is horrifically bad at times. Featuring awful acting andAttack of the Clones is not bad. To me, people who have a major hatred towards this film look at the originals with nostalgia glasses on. While Episodes V and VI are great, A New Hope is horrifically bad at times. Featuring awful acting and even worse special effects and writing, the original Star Wars film seems to be the basis for the prequel trilogy, as Attack of the Clones has some awful, awful writing (particularly the cringeworthy romance scenes) and some bad sequences of CGI. However, I will say that the special effects on the whole are vast improved. The acting, while not good, is nowhere near as bad as it was in the original. The original felt like amateur hour. In this one, you can tell these people are professionals, while is good. The action sequences in Attack of the Clones are all very good and the fight choreography is vast improved when compared to its predecessors. Finally, there is some killer cinematography in this one that really underscores how much time was put into making this one good. Overall, Attack of the Clones is not as good as the best of the Star Wars franchise, but is far from being the worst entry in the series. Expand
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diogomendesNov 22, 2015
"Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" is a slight improvement over Phantom Menace, although not sure about the other people, but I thought the plot was all over the place, and when I say "over the place", I mean there was too much of"Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" is a slight improvement over Phantom Menace, although not sure about the other people, but I thought the plot was all over the place, and when I say "over the place", I mean there was too much of it in this movie. Too much stuff going on and little to no character development. The goofy characters returned, but the humor this time around was a little more successful, unlike the previous film, which sometimes felt too corny to generate laughs. In spite of overabundance of plotting, I was actually invested in what was going on, especially when action and special effects came into play. Obviously the Star Wars franchise always had a knack on this department, and clearly shows it here.

Maybe I'm nitpicking here, but I found myself bummed how the scene transition never changed. Too often this movie switched from one subplot to the other subplot, with the same transition, and sometimes those scenes were so short you could blink and miss them. Perhaps not a problem factor for some, but for me it was just irritating.

The force is with this movie, and while not in its fullest, Episode II delivered the thrills 5 times better than the predecessor did.

Final Score: 6.5/10
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tigerskin84Nov 7, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This episode is the worst of the entire saga, cheesy dialog too much cgi at the point the only thing real is the actors, the romance between anakin and padme seems to forced and bad performed (both of them), even the fights are not good, the final duel of dooku vs anakin is bad really bad ...saved a little by yoda. the whole movie looks like a video game, what was george thinking? Expand
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IntelliCriticOct 30, 2015
Although the Attack of The Clones rests in my memory for its fantastical war scenes and glorious man-to-man combat, I cannot help but sigh at the real essence of this film: a sappy plot overflowing with uninteresting unlikeliness andAlthough the Attack of The Clones rests in my memory for its fantastical war scenes and glorious man-to-man combat, I cannot help but sigh at the real essence of this film: a sappy plot overflowing with uninteresting unlikeliness and predictable advances. I have heard some call the second film of the Star Wars prequels their favorite of the whole bunch, and while I fully understand from where these viewers formulate their preferences, I also see a certain horrible opinionated oversight therein. That is to say amidst entire worlds of explosion of emotional drama, Attack of The Clones slaughters any true notion of moral obligation and its inherent power. By this, I mean that the united force that is the Jedi Council is at most a colorful group of cerebral inquisitors, while the growing Dark Side is at least a seriously formidable twister of control through deception. Additionally, the confusedness and passionate rage of central character Anakin paints him too soon as the future agent of darkness, sapping out a potential element of surprise that the film failed to utilize. In the end, one should watch Attack of The Clones as a juvenile war cartoon, if one should even watch it at all. Expand
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Duskycarp116Oct 2, 2015
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 it sounds cool for its time.
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DanBurritoSep 25, 2015
This is a joke right? Here is absolute proof that less Jar Jar doesn't necessarily equal good movie. What I wanna know is, who the €&@/ wrote the script? They weren't even TRYING! And furthermore, it's almost impossible to get over the factThis is a joke right? Here is absolute proof that less Jar Jar doesn't necessarily equal good movie. What I wanna know is, who the €&@/ wrote the script? They weren't even TRYING! And furthermore, it's almost impossible to get over the fact that Anakin was a child when Padmè was already an adult making their romance just creepy. Combine this with the fact that they have no chemistry (their so-called "love story" revolves around Anakin stalking her and becoming possessive of her) and it gets even worse. This is the WORST movie in the prequel trilogy- in fact, make that the whole franchise. Expand
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devo-ncSep 1, 2015
The mythos of Star Wars has tremendously expanded and has deepened my imagination. Lucas gets his beats and gives us something entertaining and likeable, but there is very little care taken in regards to the narrative traits defined by theThe mythos of Star Wars has tremendously expanded and has deepened my imagination. Lucas gets his beats and gives us something entertaining and likeable, but there is very little care taken in regards to the narrative traits defined by the people in the world and not the CGI supporting them. Expand
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MagesticLeanAug 17, 2015
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morganstephens5Aug 10, 2015
The worst Star Wars film by far. Anybody who disagrees with this claim is simply in denial. I thought Phantom Menace was a decent starting film that is underrated. This one is overrated for even simply having a higher score than Menace onThe worst Star Wars film by far. Anybody who disagrees with this claim is simply in denial. I thought Phantom Menace was a decent starting film that is underrated. This one is overrated for even simply having a higher score than Menace on this site. The story wasn't there, the acting was worse and the characters don't make me care really. Besides Obi Won, who was a great character with what was given to him. The scene with Yoda hoping around was terrible and the action isn't good at all. Jango Fett was a alright character that was thrown aside after one film. Very much like Darth Maul. The effects were actually even worse in this one than the other films by far. The story in this one also makes very little to no sense and just sort of makes you role your eyes. At least it gets better from here. Expand
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therealcritic79Aug 10, 2015
As many have stated before me, this movie is not perfect. I know it gets a lot of hate. However, I really enjoyed this movie. I think it has great special effects and the story it pretty entertaining, except for some of the love parts. TheAs many have stated before me, this movie is not perfect. I know it gets a lot of hate. However, I really enjoyed this movie. I think it has great special effects and the story it pretty entertaining, except for some of the love parts. The dialogue is also very basic and just doesn't always work. But there is still enough to enjoy in this entry, like the scenes with lightsabers and obi wan. Don't believe what the critics are saying and go see it for yourself. Expand
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TheGingerDragonJun 12, 2015
This is by far the worst star wars anything that has ever existed. Hayden Christensen is an absolutely awful actor, and shows no emotion or feeling aside from the occasional smile, which makes him look like a sex criminal. His romance withThis is by far the worst star wars anything that has ever existed. Hayden Christensen is an absolutely awful actor, and shows no emotion or feeling aside from the occasional smile, which makes him look like a sex criminal. His romance with Natalie Portman is creepy and unnatural, and the dialogue between them is just plain awful. Every sort of cool star wars creature or ship is badly cg i-ed , including C3PO and R2-D2 (which is just crossing the line). Almost every background is obviously green screen, and the few costumes they actually use are half-assed. And if you're thinking "Oh, the cool sci-fi battle scenes will make up for all that other stuff", than, sorry to disappoint you, but there are about 3 battle scenes across the entire movie, all of which are completely CG I-ed (with really awkward movements that don't make sense). The only thing mildly enjoyable was Samuel L. Jackson. All in all, this was a terrible, awful let down that did more than disappoint star wars fans. The damn thing gave me a headache. Expand
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Epik_NinnjaMay 25, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Attack of the Clones is the story of how the clone army was created, which is a pretty major plot point in the saga, given they eventually become storm troopers. However, that's the oly major plotpoint here. I mean, I guess Anakin and Padme get married (although their love story is boring) and Anakin's mom dies. Still, the action sequences, especially the huge battle towars the end of the movie, are pretty awesome, with the movie's great CGI making it better yet. It's perhaps the least good Star ars movie, but Star Wars is so good that it's not that big of an insult. And yeah, some of the dialogue is lackluster, but the overall story provides very interesting backstory to the original trilogy. It's not a masterpiece but it's sure better than the average movie out there. Expand
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SpiderPlayerMay 24, 2015
It's good, but not quite, history needed to be more engaging and interesting to a more than two-hour movie, despite having good special effects, he lost in history.
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Red-Opposom-098May 18, 2015
Worst in the series, instead of it being a memorable Star Wars film it decides to be a forgettable love story. I'm not one to bash on the prequels (I really liked Ep 3) but this is one of the worst Star Wars movies and one of the worst moviesWorst in the series, instead of it being a memorable Star Wars film it decides to be a forgettable love story. I'm not one to bash on the prequels (I really liked Ep 3) but this is one of the worst Star Wars movies and one of the worst movies of all time (in my opinion). The battle between all the Jedi is kinda cool I guess, but the main story is just so forced down your throughout, and the dialogue is even worse. There isn't anything good about this movie. Expand
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waronassermanMay 3, 2015
uggg terrible! such a stupid movie, it really is, there's a couple of redeemable moments but not really, pretty lame Lucas, pretty lame. booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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BasquillyApr 28, 2015
This movie suffers from the failings of its prequel. Overall this is a far superior movie, and a worthy addition to the star wars franchise. The only negative (and the primary reason why it isn't a 9 or 10 in my book) is the overplayed andThis movie suffers from the failings of its prequel. Overall this is a far superior movie, and a worthy addition to the star wars franchise. The only negative (and the primary reason why it isn't a 9 or 10 in my book) is the overplayed and drawn out love affair between Anakin and Padme. If you can sit through 2 or 3 scenes that really should not have made the final cut, the rest of the movie is well worth the watch. Expand
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DBPirate1129Apr 25, 2015
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Attack of the Clones proves to be a worthy and improved successor of The Phantom Menace. The romance between Anakin and Padmé is a bit cringe-worthy at times but it certainly has its moments, making it not that huge
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Attack of the Clones proves to be a worthy and improved successor of The Phantom Menace. The romance between Anakin and Padmé is a bit cringe-worthy at times but it certainly has its moments, making it not that huge of a complaint from me. New characters like Jango Fett and Count Dooku offer up amazing performances as the returning Obi-Wan goes on an engaging detective-esque quest and discovers the Clone Army. It’s a great time throughout.
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MovieManiac83Apr 24, 2015
The collective fever that characterized the countdown to The Phantom Menace had long since dissipated by the time the first sequel prequel rolled off the ILM production line. Casual spectators, once stung, had decamped en masse to the newlyThe collective fever that characterized the countdown to The Phantom Menace had long since dissipated by the time the first sequel prequel rolled off the ILM production line. Casual spectators, once stung, had decamped en masse to the newly discovered Middle-Earth, leaving George Lucas with just the few million hardcore fans - true believers who, with all the apprehension of parents at a nativity play, willed their defrocked hero back towards respectability.

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.

Also more powerful than when last we met is Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, the Jedi who was simply wan in Menace is a much more forceful presence as a full-bearded Master, struggling manfully with the endless exposition and even landing the odd punchline.

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.

Also in the last reel we finally get to divine something of Lucas’ grand design, with ironic pay-offs for the fans still paying close attention - it is the witless Jar Jar who makes the creation of a clone army possible and Yoda who first leads what will become Stormtroopers into battle. In its own way, the end of Episode II is every bit as dark as the famous end of Episode V.

The middle episode that can make a virtue of its bridging role is rare indeed. And where The Empire Strikes Back dazzled with vertiginous cliffhangers, Clones is more typical of the breed, necessary but not vital. However, as we make the awkward journey through Anakin’s teenage trials a sparkling digital print ensures there is still much to marvel at, not least a little green fella who is surprisingly quick on the draw.
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IllusivemaN7Apr 20, 2015
The plot really gives off the feeling of mystery and foreshadowing and the action is exciting! There is less Jar Jar and a somewhat dull romantic subplot and I wish that not all of the clones were cgi. Was that really necessary?? They madeThe plot really gives off the feeling of mystery and foreshadowing and the action is exciting! There is less Jar Jar and a somewhat dull romantic subplot and I wish that not all of the clones were cgi. Was that really necessary?? They made stormtrooper armor, why not make clone armor and do CGI for the ones that were in the distance? Other than than the romantic subplot and the 100% fake clones, it's a good movie. Expand
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heloheApr 20, 2015
Good points: Natalie Portman is hot.
Bad points: Terrible terrible acting by everyone involved. Boring plot. Sleep inducing politics. Totally unnecessary movie. Plot holes and inconsistencies all over. No logic whatsoever.
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EdwardGregoryApr 19, 2015
The collective fever that characterized the countdown to The Phantom Menace had long since dissipated by the time the first sequel prequel rolled off the ILM production line. Casual spectators, once stung, had decamped en masse to the newlyThe collective fever that characterized the countdown to The Phantom Menace had long since dissipated by the time the first sequel prequel rolled off the ILM production line. Casual spectators, once stung, had decamped en masse to the newly discovered Middle-Earth, leaving George Lucas with just the few million hardcore fans - true believers who, with all the apprehension of parents at a nativity play, willed their defrocked hero back towards respectability.

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.

Also more powerful than when last we met is Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, the Jedi who was simply wan in Menace is a much more forceful presence as a full-bearded Master, struggling manfully with the endless exposition and even landing the odd punchline.

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.

Also in the last reel we finally get to divine something of Lucas’ grand design, with ironic pay-offs for the fans still paying close attention - it is the witless Jar Jar who makes the creation of a clone army possible and Yoda who first leads what will become Stormtroopers into battle. In its own way, the end of Episode II is every bit as dark as the famous end of Episode V.

The middle episode that can make a virtue of its bridging role is rare indeed. And where The Empire Strikes Back dazzled with vertiginous cliffhangers, Clones is more typical of the breed, necessary but not vital.
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TimeOfTheChimpsMar 22, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Although it has some good scenes, like Shmi Skywalker's death, and the duel between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Count Dooku, Attack of The Clones still stands as the worst of the prequel series and as the worst in the entire saga due to atrocious dialogue and horrid characterisations. Expand
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homer4presidentMar 11, 2015
Though it's a lot to take in, Attack of the Clones is still a fun ride. The writing and acting still suffer, but once again--similar to Phantom Menace--the action sequences and the story it tells make up for these flaws. There is excitement,Though it's a lot to take in, Attack of the Clones is still a fun ride. The writing and acting still suffer, but once again--similar to Phantom Menace--the action sequences and the story it tells make up for these flaws. There is excitement, mystery, and romance (with some cliches in tow of course). Expand
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imthenoobFeb 16, 2015
The complete miscast of Christensen tanked the movie but as a whole, It wasn't terrible. It had a few enjoyable moments but much like Phantom Menace, It left us wishing for a better end product.
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BernolsvenJan 26, 2015
[Portuguese] Como o primeiro, este filme é um pouco chato porém há bastante ação e explica a criação dos clones, então é um filme que tem suas partes interessantes.
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BenHazeldenJan 23, 2015
I don't like sand. It's coarse, and rough, and irritating - and it gets everywhere. Just like this movie.

Incredible Thriller - had me sobbing at the end.

0/10 - Ben Hazelden
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AkashVijayJan 19, 2015
A superior sequel. Star Wars: Attack of the clones is better than Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (but so is smashing your head against the Bathroom mirror).
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DokaluJan 11, 2015
George Lucas brings the fifth movie of the Star Wars series, now showing Anakin Skywalker as a young apprentice who has already developed certain skills, in the process of becoming a Jedi Knight, and a love story between Anakin and PadméGeorge Lucas brings the fifth movie of the Star Wars series, now showing Anakin Skywalker as a young apprentice who has already developed certain skills, in the process of becoming a Jedi Knight, and a love story between Anakin and Padmé senator (Natalie Portman). Also, of course, the growing dispute between the Republic against the Confederacy.
Although this is a nice movie, it’s not more than that. It is just another sci-fi film that, despite all the imagination behind it, when it is brought to the big screen it doesn’t feel as well as it should. The acting seems a little forced and not as good as I would like, the special effects are just fine for the time it was released, and the story is pretty good and imaginative, but unfortunately it wasn’t told as well as I would have preferred. The only thing that stood out a little, was the soundtrack that, as in any Star Wars film, is quite awesome. I recommend this film to any fan of the series, and also to everyone who likes sci-fi and/or action and adventure movies. But do not expect the film of the year because it is far from it.
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RDGJan 6, 2015
Worst Star Wars movie hands down. Cringe worthy dialogue and acting. A story that makes no sense and is full of plot holes. Outdated and cheap looking CGI environments, characters and battle scenes. An awful romance subplot.
Lucas made some
Worst Star Wars movie hands down. Cringe worthy dialogue and acting. A story that makes no sense and is full of plot holes. Outdated and cheap looking CGI environments, characters and battle scenes. An awful romance subplot.
Lucas made some bad choices when making this film but the worst was giving Yoda and lightsaber and having him fight in a duel. The CGI fighting looked really bad and it overall ruined the wise and mystical character of Yoda from the Empire Strikes Back and turned him into some bulls*** action hero.
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oDjentoJan 2, 2015
I'd say this is the worst film of the franchise. It's got Anakin being a menstrual little b---h, and hardly any redeeming scenes unlike the last film. Christopher is a cool character as Count Dooku, but doesn't come close to Darth Maul. TheI'd say this is the worst film of the franchise. It's got Anakin being a menstrual little b---h, and hardly any redeeming scenes unlike the last film. Christopher is a cool character as Count Dooku, but doesn't come close to Darth Maul. The CGI gets a bit over used in this film making some scenes look a bit ridiculous at times. The main memorable scenes from this film i'd say would be when Obi goes to Kamino, and the collesium fight. But even jango Fett's introduction isn't great, nowhere near as badass as Jango Fett's previous helmet always on performance. And trying to be impressive finally showing yoda fighting doesn't work, the fight seems unpracticale to watch in this film as it's just lots of jumping around Dooku mainly. I still like this film because i love star wars, but this is the only one i'd call average. Expand
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MichaelBagameryDec 31, 2014
I would have emerged more thrilled from a coma. Don't misunderstand me; this is better than 'The Phantom Menace', but only less bad rather than actually good. The opening chase is fun, but immediately after it's over, the movie pretty muchI would have emerged more thrilled from a coma. Don't misunderstand me; this is better than 'The Phantom Menace', but only less bad rather than actually good. The opening chase is fun, but immediately after it's over, the movie pretty much flatlines. The acting is weak and the story is really only there as an excuse to show off the CG. Methinks George Lucas wasn't prepared for the backlash against 'The Phantom Menace'. Expand
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gzayas91Dec 21, 2014
Another Lucas's great sequel, it has chemistry of Anakin and Padme, interesting story of the beginnig of the clone wars, acting is fine, the cg is good and looks updated, best fight sequence of yoda and Dooku.
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EpilepticDec 7, 2014
A superior sequel. Star Wars: Attack of the clones is better than Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (but so is smashing your head against the Bathroom mirror).
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