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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

HD   PG Closed Captioning AD

George Lucas

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About the Movie

Experience the heroic action and unforgettable adventures of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. See the first fateful steps in the journey of Anakin Skywalker. Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover nine-year-old Anakin, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 217
  • Fresh: 119
  • Rotten: 98
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Character and personality take a back seat on this ride. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Nov 16, 2015

Rotten: "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" got dismissive reviews in 1999, and it deserves the same today. But you probably know that. – John Anderson, Newsday, Feb 10, 2012

Rotten: Mr. Lucas is not without a certain technocratic sagacity, but I don't think he's communicating even with the young as astutely as he once did. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Nov 16, 2015

Fresh: The movie is fun, for the most part, and several scenes are as good or better than anything Lucas created in the original films. The human characters, however, are not nearly as interesting as those in the earlier episodes. – Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec 14, 2015

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Customer Reviews

The Phantom Menace.

Oh, it's tough to talk about this one. There are good things about this film... And regretably there are some things about the film that could of been cut out. The CGI is good for the most part, but it's noticable in some areas. The plot is actually interesting, but needed to be condensed a bit more. And Jar Jar Binks... I don't hate the character, in fact I thought he was alright when I was younger. And that's the thing: Children would like him and that's fine. I'm more concerned about the plot: A princess fights to free her planet from oppression of the Trade Federation, and the Jedi help her. Along the way, they meet Anakin Skywalker. That sounds like a great story. Unfortunately, it wasn't done to its fullest potential. But despite its flaws, its an alright film. The best thing about this film is the lightsaber fight between Qui Gon Jin and Obi Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul. Plus John William's score is great, as always.

FINALLY...the Saga is on iTunes!!

About damned time!! I absolutely loath Episode 1 but I'm glad there all finally on iTunes!

Worst movie ever

Seriously, it's awful. Save yourself the time and money.