The Clone Wars: LucasFilm embargoes honesty
August 12th, 2008

The Clone Wars: LucasFilm embargoes honesty

Seen the reviews of George Lucas’ new animated “Star Wars” prequelly thing, “The Clone Wars”?

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. They keep disappearing.

Harry Knowles of posted a review that was… let’s go with “negative,” because “scathing” might give away the ending. Sample quote:

I hated the score, the animation, the shots, the characters and most of all the retarded ******** idiot story.

I hated the film. HATED IT. REALLY HATED IT.”

So although he was clearly holding back, he still expressed an opinion. He gave his reasons, and also said that others in his audience enjoyed it. So, no worries, Harry posted a review.

Then he unposted it, along with a similarly negative review by Massawyrm. According to Moriarty, “Harry took his CLONE WARS review down at the request of Lucasfilm, who have chosen to enforce an embargo on reviews on our site.” (You can read ‘em both at the’s forum along with links to just about every other review; way to archive, guys)

Odd that LucasFilm didn’t choose to enforce an embargo on the Associated Press, whose reviews of TCW have been mostly positive (“Clone Wars” is fun though forgettable ). Or on… look, lots of reviews have popped up, yet only the detailed, negative, massively disappointed ones have been shut down. Little insecurity showing there, George?

Yes, people ripped into the prequels (and deservedly so, IMO). Yes, people are going to rip into your new cartoon as well. But suck it up, George. If you’re proud of your work, put it out there and take the heat along with the praise.


  1. yay movies

    i guess George Lucas finally got to make (or a least approve of) a whole Star Wars movie after his love for CGI, looks fun though

  2. DrGaellon

    Um, since when does a content creator get to dictate which critics are allowed to review? AICN *CAVED*, dude. I’ve lost all respect for them.

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