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23,049 Ratings

Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Directed by George Lucas
United States, 1977
Sci-Fi, Adventure


Farmhand Luke Skywalker must team up with the Rebel Alliance to save Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader and thwart the Galactic Empire’s evil plans.

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Star Wars Directed by George Lucas

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1978 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1978 | 7 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Critics reviews

I was utterly underwhelmed by “A New Hope,” impressed solely by the world-making of the script—the delivery of a ready-made but minor mythology—but neither moved nor fascinated nor at all delighted by the filmmaking. Rather, I was shocked—that the director of “American Graffiti” could have constrained himself to create such a turgid, stilted, flat, and textureless movie.
January 06, 2016
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Star Wars is grounded in the short-term rewards of TV watching, where every moment tends to be equal in emotional importance to every other and where the only serious continuity is in a consistency of mild diversion rather than in a persistence of personality. This form of entertainment can only be called lite—constructed out of ersatz familiar materials meant to be admired for their momentary cuteness or for details of their design.
January 31, 1997
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Star Wars breaks with the cinematic mania that in recent years has pushed films beyond any previously conceivable limits, towards extreme violence, hard pornography, disaster movies; the mania for bringing everything into the open in order to provoke a strong emotional response and a bellicose unanimism. In Star Wars a heterogeneity is admissible, all alterities and differences can be present, functioning in perfect narrative harmony, provided that all this takes place in the absence of sex…
December 01, 1977
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Star Wars

    The end of cinema as an art form in USA, a return to the cinema of spectacle. Step right up, folks, see the spaceships!

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Star Wars

    I always get lost in the incredibly intricate set design. The cherry on top is, of course, the work of composer John Williams. Those who write off the film's artistic contributions seem desperate to attach high-nose critics' cliches to its legacy in an attempt to undercut the far-reaching popularity. It's okay for one to enjoy Star Wars AND the likes of Ozu and Kiarostami.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Star Wars

    '97 reissue.... ' A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...' The film that started the saga helped create the age of the blockbuster, for better or worse. The melding of 'The Hidden Fortress' with movie western clichés resulted in this box office winning audience pleaser that continues to capture the imaginations of young fry. Pretty light on script but classic moviemaking none the less. Somewhat timeless.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Star Wars

    As a child in the 90's 'Star Wars' didn't stand out to me as especially better than any other films I was watching at the time (Back to the Future 2 was my fav). As a result it's hard to watch this film with the fresh eyes of someone unfamiliar with the culture hoopla around it. It's good, but great? I sympathise with Rosenbaum's ideas that this allowed us to accept a lot of bad myths about the Western world.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Star Wars

    As experimental as anything Lucas made before it in its use of editing and exposition—the lack of the latter constantly having us run to keep up with it. A thematic continuation of THX-1138 and American Graffiti in depicting man's awakening to the notion that his destiny is in his hands.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Star Wars

    Even as a child I always felt that this universe was just a mess of different influences. The acting is not quite prequel level but it's still really stilted especially Hamill and Fisher. I mean, how would you react if you found your relatives burned to a crisp. You certainly wouldn't just sigh and go back to an old hippie in a cave. Harrison Ford is the saving grace. Forgettable had it not been for it's legacy.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Star Wars

    "Desire" list. In fact, if i do not like the movie, i like two things that it reminds me: have seen in at the old Monumental cinema, a beautiful movie theater (and theater, which were actually two cinema theaters, one huge and one studio), meanwhile destroyed by urban impunity, and my teenage passion for Harrison Ford and Hammill, so beautiful and with so much illusionist energy.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Star Wars

    In two minds here: taken as a single film this is a rollicking adventure filmed with considerable verve and charm, but the corrosive effect of the often juvenile drivel that erupted (and continues to) from Hollywood on the back of the financial success of Star Wars and its ilk reduce too much of mainstream film-making to being great monumental cubes of moulded faeces. What a phenomenal crossroads this was.

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