As we look forward to the release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', we thought it would be fun to see what critics had to say about the first film back in 1977.
  1. Fresh: "If you are a kid at heart, a die-hard 'Star Trek' fan or just a confirmed addict of Marvel comics, 'Star Wars' will completely dazzle." -- Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News, May 26, 1977
  2. Fresh: "All in all, it is an outrageously successful, what will be called a 'classic,' compilation of nonsense, largely derived but thoroughly reconditioned. I doubt that anyone will ever match it, though the imitations must already be on the drawing boards." -- Robert Hatch, The Nation, May 25, 1977
  3. Fresh: "['Star Wars'] is the most exciting picture to be released this year -- exciting as theater and exciting as cinema. It is the most visually awesome such work to appear since '2001: A Space Odyssey,'  yet is intriguingly human in its scope and boundaries." -- John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 1977
  4. Fresh: "It is competently if not brilliantly mounted, moderately exciting and charmingly capable of poking fun at itself. Good Christmas fare, it's a lot less patronising than most Disney films and toweringly better than the other blockbusters around at the moment." -- Clancy Sigal, The Spectator (UK), Dec. 24, 1977
  5. Rotten: "'Star Wars' is like getting a box of Cracker Jack which is all prizes. [George Lucas was] subject to no business interference, yet it’s a film that’s totally uninterested in anything that doesn’t connect with the mass audience. There’s no breather in the picture, no lyricism." -- Pauline Kael, The New Yorker, Sept. 26, 1977