The visuals are worthy, but the big screen brings the movie's script shortcomings and pacing problems into sharper relief.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-10-18
Star Wars: The Clone Wars comes as something of a surprise: it isn't the most painful movie of the year!
Nathan Lee, New York Times, 2008-08-19
One of the more mediocre entries in the entire Star Wars catalogue.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2008-08-18
Visually busy and visually forgettable, with a less than engaging story line, and characters who look like anime figures and move like the denizens of Geppetto's workshop, Wars will appeal only to the most tolerant, galactically minded children.
Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal, 2008-08-15
The story lacks narrative tension. The dialogue is stilted and overblown, a problem also in some of the live-action incarnations. That, combined with visuals that consistently lack punch, leaves little to engage us.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2008-08-15
Pretty much drives a stake into the heart of every loyal fan of the movies. And now he's out to stick it to those too young to know about Jar Jar Binks.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2008-08-15
The movie gets more cluttered and confused as it moves along, though it's dotted with so many generic battle scenes and paint-by-numbers light-saber combat sequences that you can see how it's at least attempting to mimic the illusion of excitement.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2008-08-15
Talky, flashy, and focused on juvenile relationships.
Tasha Robinson, AV Club, 2008-08-15
The Lucas universe once held a special magic, but The Clone Wars makes that feel like a long time ago in a theater far, far away.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2008-08-15
The females all look like they've had work done. Who knew that to make it in the movies, even cartoon characters have to have plastic surgeons!
Linda Stasi, New York Post, 2008-08-15
A noisy, hectic and largely unthrilling adventure.
Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail, 2008-08-15
George Lucas is turning into the enemy of fun.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2008-08-15
The saddest attempt yet to capitalize on the success of George Lucas' original sci-fi epic.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2008-08-15
George Lucas's fixation on this saga has gone past commercial smarts into full-blown monomania. With all the money and power he has at his disposal, here he is once again fobbing the same leaden dialogue and nonvisionary visuals at us.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2008-08-15
Has it come to this? Has the magical impact of George Lucas' original vision of Star Wars been reduced to the level of Saturday morning animation?
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2008-08-15
Without the grandiose narrative structure of the six live-action releases, this feels even more pointless, a mechanical attempt to milk the kids for every last dime.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2008-08-15
The latest example of how the franchise keeps frustratingly spurning the magical simplicity of the original trilogy.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe, 2008-08-15