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1978 - When good reviewers go bad, Part I 

This enjoyable, lighthearted science fiction film about futuristic good guys warring in the universe has been promoted as "best picture of the year," but falls short of that because of poor characterization and a weak plot. It plays more like a cartoon, and it is obvious more time was devoted to advertising and promotion than to directing. -- Arkansas Times review of "Star Wars," January 1978. Since the release of this spacegoing oat-opera, Star Wars has grossed over $1 billion in box office ticket sales, not counting video, DVD, and merchandising sales, or the box office success of its five sequels.
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