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At Theaters: 5/16/2002 On Video: 11/12/2002
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 22 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409919
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have our familiar heroes as they are thrown together again for the first time since the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo. The two Jedi are assigned to protect Padme whose life is threatened by a faction of political separatists.
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Sci-Fi Adventure Action - The majority of the movie consists of talking, which sets up the story at the present and for the next movie. Some younger viewers may find this a little slow. I doubt true fans will mind. Fortunately the visuals are outstanding and will help keep your interest. The few action scenes there are, are very good.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ewan McGregor BLACK HAWK DOWN, MOULIN ROUGE, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Natalie Portman WHERE THE HEART IS, ANYWHERE BUT HERE
Hayden Christensen LIFE AS A HOUSE
Christopher Lee LORD OF THE RINGS
Samuel L. Jackson CHANGING LANES, UNBREAKABLE, SHAFT
Ian McDiarmid STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE
Wri/Dir: George Lucas STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE
Producer: Rick McCallum STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE
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Production Notes Heading
Introduction
The Journey of Anakin Skywalker
Jedi Action
Design
The Digital Camera/Special Effects
Location, Sound & Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One Damn. No others.
SEX/NUDITY: A woman is seen briefly in a thong type bottom.
VIOLENCE: Pretty much what you've seen in the others. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Not a great deal of action, but what there is, is very well done.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks are made.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "Zip and butt-kicking. That's what's missing now in this venerable 25-year-old franchise.  ...all the lightsaber showdowns in the universe and all the space races wherein one zooming vehicle shoots at another can't supply the pizzazz of one gripe from Han Solo or the magnificent terror of one James Earl Jonesian rumble from Darth Vader.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "There is a certain lifelessness in some of the acting, perhaps because the actors were often filmed in front of blue screens so their environments could be added later by computer. Actors speak more slowly than they might--flatly, factually, formally, as if reciting. ...Episode II-- Attack of the Clones is a technological exercise that lacks juice and delight. The title is more appropriate than it should be.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "...while it was always clear that Lucas cared more about special effects than acting, here his lack of interest has produced phenomenally wooden performances from newcomers and veterans alike: Only the imperious Christopher Lee, as baleful Count Dooku, emerges unscathed. Still, fans will groove on the film's many spectacular fight sequences, and welcome the answers to such mysteries as why Boba Fett has such a bee in his helmet about the Jedi and where the imperial stormtroopers came from.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 171 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
25
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
25
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
37
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
33
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As expected, these are some extremely high opinions. There is an incredibly high number of "Fantastic" opinions. There are a fair number of mediocre opinions, which can probably be attributed to a non-fan seeing the movie with a fan. This is obviously a movie I can highly recommend.

If you're a Star Wars fan,
GO SEE EPISODE II!
(as if you really need any encouragement :-)

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I realize my opinions won't really sway anyone's decision to see or not see this movie, but here goes anyway. I thought it was EXCELLENT! Better than the first one, which I also enjoyed. It had quite a bit of exciting action, but it does have a lot of talking that may bore those who go mainly for the action. I was very impressed by the detail of the sets. The futuristic cities were so incredibly realistic looking due to the extreme detail. I have no doubt that any fan will be very satisfied.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The newest chapter in Lucas' saga, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, is set ten years after the events of Episode I 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.

To counter this looming menace, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, continuing his consolidation of power, authorizes the creation of a Great Army of the Republic to assist the overwhelmed Jedi.

Against this troubling setting, our familiar heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker are thrown together for the first time since the conflict between the Trade Federation and Padmes home planet, Naboo. Anakin has grown into the accomplished Jedi apprentice of Obi-Wan, who himself has transitioned from student to teacher, while Padme, the former Queen of Naboo, is now a distinguished Senator. Anakin and Obi-Wan are assigned to protect Padme, who is targeted for assassination.

As Obi-Wan investigates the mystery behind the threat on Padme's life, he travels to two disparate worlds on the galaxy's outer rim. There, he encounters a fearsome bounty hunter whose role in the mystery extends far beyond Obi-Wan's initial suspicions. Obi-Wan also crosses paths with a once-revered, but now disillusioned Jedi Master who leads the separatist movement.

With Obi-Wan away on his vital mission, Anakin is left to guard Padme, first on Naboo and then on the young Padawan's home planet of Tatooine, where he makes a fateful discovery. Growing closer, Anakin and Padme find themselves torn between duty and honor and a love that is forbidden. As powerful forces prepare to collide in epic battle, they and Obi-Wan face choices that will impact not only their own fates, but the destiny of the Republic.

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