Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)



Critic Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.

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Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death Star.

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Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia Organa
Alec Guinness
as Ben `Obi-Wan' Kenobi
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Phil Brown
as Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser
as Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis
as Jawa Chief
Eddie Byrne
as Gen. Willard
Don Henderson
as Gen. Taggi
Jack Klaff
as Red Four (John "D")
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Jeremy Sinden
as Gold Two
Garrick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
Denis Lawson
as Red Two (Wedge)
Alex McCrindle
as Gen. Dodonna
William Hootkins
as Red Six (Porkins)
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Graham Ashley
as Gold Five
Leslie Schofield
as Commander No. 1
Malcolm Tierney
as Officer in Detention Area (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (50)

I don't see how I can come out ahead panning Star Wars, George Lucas's science-fiction film that has been acclaimed by children of all ages as the Fun Movie of the year.

February 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Without the simple spiritual convictions of his predecessors, or the philosophical speculations of his contemporaries, Lucas has rather left his audience out in the cold.

December 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A boy's adventure yarn in the most traditional, unabashedly entertaining sense.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Oh, the astronomical audiences; oh, the mundane story; oh, the over-cute little robots (one fat, one thin); oh, the vapid actors, the galactic shootouts; oh, the brilliant technology and oh, the boredom of it all.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a "fun movie", as they say. Meaning that it doesn't mean anything, it's a superior, pop plaything to play with, to be innocently enjoyed and thrown away like a four-dollar comic book.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

I haven't had as much fun at a movie in years. With its technical wizardry, high-velocity storytelling and spirited good humor, Star Wars dazzles the child in us.

December 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

An all time classic and many people's favourite all time film. Well ahead of itself and launched the Star Wars series. Always entertaining, a land mark in film making!!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Created a pop culture phenomenon that probably has no equal and deservedly so as A New Hope is a classic that only gets better the more they try to expand this universe with sequels and prequels. It has a sense of wonder and discovery that no other film in the series can match. The plot is pretty simple, but the characters really make it come to life. Empire Strikes Back would expand on all the things done well in this movie, but because it was darker it wasn't as fun as this one. That's not a complaint, just an observation. A New Hope was as good of a start as you can get for a franchise.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

The start of an amazing mythology, and the beginning of one of the most well known movie franchises of all time. This story tells the journey of how a young man gains knowledge of the universe he lives in, and becomes a force to be reckoned with. It is classic storytelling at it's finest. It may not have perfect dialogue, and the action is a bit weak for most of the film, but in the end, that is not at all what matters. The characters, the world, and the meaning behind everything is what really sticks out, and I love this film for that. A movie does not have to be perfect, to feel perfect. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" is fantastic filmmaking and perfect storytelling!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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