May 25, 1977. Star Wars: A New Hope is released to the public. People hope it'll do well. It does really really well. What happens next is a rollercoaster of 39 years where it gains genuinely cult popularity and seven films. You get the picture, you know all about it. It's a big deal. A huge deal.
But what did critics actually think about George Lucas' original film, way back in 1977? Before any notion of trilogies, prequels and sequels warped expectations? How did this sci-fi saga begin, free of the modern media hype?
Assembled below are some of the most interesting words of critical response written back in May 1977 for Lucas' Star Wars. Let's just say the response was mixed...
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