Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

  • To get to the point immediately, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.

    Vincent Canby — New York Times

  • Steven Spielberg's rollicking adventure yarn still looks buoyant and dashing after 30 years.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The thrills are fully consumed while you're seeing this movie, and it's totally over when it's over. It's a workout. You feel as if you'd been to the desert digs: at the end your mind is blank, yet you're parched, you're puffing hard -- you want relief.

    Pauline Kael — New Yorker

  • The movie is just plain fun.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • One would think that a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would produce something better than this giggly pastiche of a Republic serial...

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

  • ...a crackerjack fantasy-adventure that shapes its pulp sensibilities and cliff-hanging serial origins into an exhilarating escapist entertainment that will have broad-cased summer audiences in the palm of its hand.

    Stephen Klain — Variety

  • This is the kind of movie that, even today, audiences immediately fall in love with. It has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark has it all -- or, anyway, more than enough to transport moviegoers back to the dazzling, thrill-sated matinee idyls of old.

    Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine

  • As action adventure goes, it's about the best there is.

    Derek Malcolm — This is London

  • (Raiders of the Lost Ark movie review at Daily Telegraph)

    Robbie Collin — Daily Telegraph

  • The boulder has never looked bigger, the guns have never sounded louder and Indy's whip has never cracked sharper than they do here.

    Neil Smith — Total Film

  • If Lucas is Raiders' guts and Kasdan its head, then Spielberg is its beating heart. Little wonder Part IV is still on the cards.

    Mark Dinning — Empire Magazine

  • Raiders is a classic and repeated viewings, especially when presented properly on the big screen, only reinforce this further.

    Thomas Caldwell — Cinema Autopsy

  • Breathtakingly efficient, immaculately constructed... This is the ne plus ultra of blockbuster filmmaking.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • It is the classic film [by] Lucas, Spielberg...back before they were replaced by automatons put here by aliens.

    Widgett Walls —

  • Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.

    Randy White — Common Sense Media

  • Justifiably one of the most indelible adventure films in cinematic history...

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • It's the perfect vacation-time movie: not a serious moment in its whole two hours but so crammed with laughter, thrills and cinematic sleight of hand that audiences will be sorry when it's over.

    Robert W. Butler — Kansas City Star

  • Lost Ark holds up for many reasons, not least of which is because of Spielberg's consummate skill as a visual storyteller and his ability to draw charged performances from his actors.

    Jeremiah Kipp — Slant Magazine

  • The postmodern heir to North By Northwest...Like any deathless classic, Raiders is a perfect marriage of star and material.

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

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