Reviews - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Genres: Action, Adventure

Taglines: Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman

Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, ...

The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.

100 | Marjorie Baumgarten

Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
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100 | Roger Ebert

Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100

Spielberg can never top this. Period.

100 | Vincent Canby

One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
Read More: The New York Times

100 | James Berardinelli

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.
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100 | Staff (Not credited)

Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for the fun.
Read More: Variety

90 | Keith Phipps

Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
Read More: The A.V. Club

90 | Staff (Not credited)

Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

30 | Dave Kehr

Travels fast and straight down a linear plot, and the ceaseless rush quickly becomes monotonous.
Read More: Chicago Reader