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Fascinating Article: PT did better than OT critically

Discussion in 'Revenge of the Sith (Non-Spoilers)' started by Wrath_Mania, May 22, 2005.

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  1. Wrath_Mania

    Wrath_Mania Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 9, 2004

    Very curious.
  2. Garth Maul

    Garth Maul Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    May 18, 2002
    Ha ha ha! Talk about looking through rose-colored glasses!

    Oh critics, you think you're so objective and all-knowing. Obviously you've all just had too much Kool-Aid.


    Critical Consensus: ?Star Wars? Prequels Actually Better Reviewed Than Originals
    Posted by Senh Duong on Thursday, May. 19, 2005, 03:59 PM

    Senh Duong writes: "The results are not what one might expect, based on reviews collected during the time of each trilogy?s original release dates.

    Based on current active critics though, the results are as expected. The average Tomatometer of the original trilogy handily beats the prequels by 20% -- 90% to 70%, respectively.

    Prequels Tomatometer Scores Based on Current Active Critics:
    83% - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    65% - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    62% - Star wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    Average Tomatometer: 70%

    Original Trilogy Tomatometer Scores Based on Current Active Critics:
    80% - Return of the Jedi
    98% - The Empire Strikes Back
    93% - Star Wars
    Average Tomatometer: 90%

    However, as user ?Knelt? noted in our News section, it?s not fair to compare the two trilogies based mostly on current active critics because most of them saw ?the original films as children, and are reviewing them based on nostalgic memories as well as judging them on established ?classic? status.?

    When ?Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace? was released in 1999, a group of us actually went to our local library and dug up a sampling of available sources that reviewed the original trilogy during the time of their respective release dates in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Because those reviews weren?t available online, we OCR-ed them and put them on the web, breaking all kinds of copyright laws in the process. We were quite the rebels back then. However, when we legitimized the company months later, those reviews were the first to go. Thanks to, a site that archives the web pages, the quotes are still there but the full text reviews are gone. The results are actually quite surprising.

    Tomatometer Scores for Original Trilogy During Original Release Dates:
    (Click on the links for the archived quotes from
    31% - Return of the Jedi
    52% - The Empire Strikes Back
    79% - Star Wars
    Average Tomatometer: 54%

    As one can see, only ?Star Wars? managed to be Fresh, with a respectable 79% on the Tomatometer, while the other two sequels got successively worse. Most of the critics thought the first film was an inventive, fun, and entertaining summer popcorn movie. It?s interesting that they complain about the dialogue back then too. ?Empire,? which is regarded as the best of the series nowadays, only managed to score a mixed 52%.

    It received great technical grades, but critics had problems with the plot, one way or other, and thought it was just ?minor entertainment.? It got worse with ?Jedi? ? uneven pacing, no character development, tired acting, and hollow and junky filmmaking. It scored a moldy 30% on the Tomatometer. Prequels were probably the last thing critics wanted back then after the thrashing of the last film.

    Ironically, if you compare the average Tomatometer of the prequels and the original trilogies during the time of their respective original release dates, the Prequels are actually better reviewed by 16% -- 70% to 54%, respectively!

    Tomatometer Ranking of Star Wars Series Based on Critical Reaction During Original Release Dates:
    83% - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    79% - Star Wars
    65% - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    62% - Star wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    52% - The Empire Strikes Back
    31% - Return of the Jedi"
  3. Forceflow98

    Forceflow98 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 18, 2004
    That definitely is interesting & hopefully this will mean that the PT will seen like the OT in the future.
  4. Darth-Seldon

    Darth-Seldon Jedi Grand Master star 6

    May 17, 2003
    Interesting, but it doesn't change anything for me.
    I could care less what critics think, it is what I think.

  5. RurouniKJS

    RurouniKJS Jedi Youngling star 2

    May 4, 2005
    Many of the original OT critics were fans of the "artistic" films of the 70s that the blockbuster successes of Jaws and ANH helped to kill off (in commercial support terms, anyhow). Some harbored a grudge against this purely entertaining piece of popular art.
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