40 years on – here’s what critics had to say about Star Wars

As many would know the original Star Wars film (consequently named A New Hope) opened in 1977 to fanfare. While many were enamored with the special effects bonanza, some were less so.

The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael famously claimed that it was assembled of spare parts and had no emotional grip. There was even some backlash when TIME hailed Star Wars as the best film of the year. Pete Hamill of the New York Post said, flat out, that Star Wars couldn’t be the best picture of any year that had Annie Hall in it.

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Special mention needs to go to the Sydney Morning Herald film critic, he was less interested in the film than he was in the Flash Gordon serial that he claimed it had copied. You can read that review here.

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.