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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Attack of the Clones celebrates a certain youthful spirit in both moviemaking and movie watching; because it's as much phenomenon as movie, audiences will either ride with or reject it. I was happy to take the ride.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For all its video-game bedazzlements, Attack of the Clones suffers from severe digital glut, periodically relieved, if you can call it that, by amateur theatrics.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Here we are again: not entertained, not nearly enough, by an installment of the ''Star Wars'' epic that, for the first time, exhibits symptoms of...nerves. And a chill, conservative grimness of purpose, rather than an excited thrill at the possibilities of cinematic storytelling.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    As for the breathless 45-minute climax, no screen fantasy adventure in memory can match the showmanship.

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Great action, intense mood, but romance may bore kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the second prequel in the epic Star Wars saga isn't the most intense of the series, but there are still moments of striking violence (including a beheading and an amputation) and a few very emotionally intense moments. The death of a major character's mother on screen is a particularly dark and disturbing sequence that may upset children. Kids able to handle the stronger moments will especially enjoy several exciting and imaginative sequences, from a white-knuckle chase in a flying car to battles against surreal space monsters.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence, including the death of a lead character's mother. What makes more of an impact -- violence or loss? Why do movies have such a powerful impact on us?
  • Do the special effects look realistic, or is it obvious that they're fake? Which movies have done special effects really well? What goes into creating special effects? What kind of training do special effects creators undergo?
  • Who are the heroes in this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The line between good and evil is clearly drawn; heroic characters demonstrate positive behavior traits, although one character is unable to choose the greater good over his own personal desires.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Most of the heroes demonstrate great bravery, strong decision-making and problem-solving skills, and other positive traits.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Heavy sci-fi violence, although none of it is especially gory or detailed. The film opens with a terrorist attack/explosion in which a minor character dies on screen. One character is killed by beheading (no gore) on screen; another has his hand amputated during a sword duel. There are action sequences throughout, but the major violence takes place in the film's finale, a massive battle between human clones and robot drones that's depicted both in close-up vignettes and widescreen shots of many skirmishes at once. Perhaps the most intense sequence involves a lead character becoming consumed by rage and murdering the alien creatures who killed his mother.

  • sex false2

    Sex: One of the film's central plotlines is a blossoming romance between two of the lead characters. Though their interactions are relatively tame, there's some mild flirting and a few substantial kisses.

  • language false2

    Language: Occasional use of both "damn" and "hell" by main characters. Less insult-laden banter between characters than in any of the other films in the series.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The film takes place "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," so there are no real-world product placements. But this franchise is perhaps one of the most heavily merchandised in the history of film, with action figures, kids' clothing and accessories, and every other type of product available.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue