"Buy a big box of popcorn and settle in for a rip-roaring good movie!"
-- Richard A. Blake, AMERICA
"Star Wars, a vision of fantasy as opposed to realism, strikes us with the force of stepping from the cave into bright sunlight."
-- William Siska, CHRISTIAN CENTURY
"The movie industry has managed to come up with a perfect summer-time film."
-- Colin L. Westerbeck, Jr., COMMONWEAL
"Lucas has rather left his audience out in the cold, with only regularly administered shots of special effects to keep them warm."
-- Richard Combs, MONTHLY BULLETIN
"I doubt that anyone will ever match it!"
-- Robert Hatch, THE NATION
May 25, 1977
"His work here seems less inventive than in THX 1138."
-- Stanley Kauffmann, NEW REPUBLIC
"It's pure sweet fun all the way!"
"A breath of fresh air!"
"It's fun and funny."
-- Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES
"George Lucas has made the kind of sci-fi adventure movie you dream about finding!"
-- Gary Arnold, WASHINGTON POST
"The action is first rate!"
-- BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE
"Well deserve the applause you'll find yourself giving them - before you exit with that satisfied Saturday afternoon at the movies smile that feels so good"
-- Judith Crist, SATURDAY REVIEW
"Story, characters, and dialogue of overwhelming banality!"
-- John Simon, NEW YORK
-- Penelope Gilliatt, THE NEW YORKER