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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

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Summary: Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get home to Chewie's family, so they can celebrate Lifeday. (imdb)

Genres: Comedy, Musical, Family/Kids, Adventure

Country: USA

Directed By: Steve Binder, David Acomba

Written By: Bruce Vilanch, Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Mitzie Welch

Starring: Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill, Beatrice Arthur, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll

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The Star Wars Holiday Special belongs to 19 collections
1. Star Wars (public: moderated by td888 - 7 stars)
2. Rifftrax (public: moderated by x-human - 6 stars)
3. Telemovie (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
4. So bad they are good (public: moderated by cagedwisdom - 4 stars)
5. Holiday Specials (public: moderated by Ununnilium - 4 stars)
6. Nostalgia Critic Episodes (public: moderated by KirkJiggler - 3 stars)
7. How Did This Get Made? (public: moderated by theficionado - 2 stars)
8. Redlettermedia's Best of the Worst (public: moderated by Nroo - 1 star)
9. The Search For The Worst (public: moderated by KirkJiggler)
10. Criticker Hates You (private: donkeyjelly - 1 star)
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dunetails
0T1
mathiascz mathiascz
10T1
Nothing to say! I leave it without any comment! It cost me two bottles of whiskey.
Cronos
10T1
walmarket
10T1
ITS SO BAD!!!
haljordan2 haljordan2
1T1
ripvf ripvf
13T1
chiefg chiefg
0T1
saucyjack saucyjack
14T1
You'll feel braindamaged after watching it, but there are some redeeming qualities like Bea Arthur singing...
Jorbes
0T1
asdfg
10T1
Kusanagi Kusanagi
40T1
sjnogs sjnogs
35T1
beckett
44T2
scorpius
0T2
jacobclark12 jacobclark12
5T1
If you're a massive Star Wars fan like myself, it's worth watching just once because it's so rare. Otherwise, steer far clear of this crapfest. The only reason it's not the worst thing I've ever seen is because Star Wars.
Darken Skye
0T1
Bailey74 Bailey74
8T1
KTK
1T3
sarossell
50T1
FTGE
3T1
htiman htiman
40T1
youtellme93
2T1
This movie should be used to interrogate prisoners, it's that bad. I managed 25 minutes before I decided I'd rather watch paint dry. How in the world did the cast manage to act through those lines? Shooting that must have been awful.
columbusbob
10T1
jimmynmu jimmynmu
17T1
lydia69 lydia69
0T1
cuffyone
25T1
terrymac terrymac
11T1
Bravopunk Bravopunk
15T1
arsenmm
30T1
OwynMerrilin
100T8
Best. Bad. Movie. Night. Ever. You have not lived until you've seen Grandpa Itchy watching VR porn in the living room, or Bea Arthur dancing on the tables of the Mos Eisley Cantina. And the moment where Lumpy's stuffed bantha is ripped up by a Storm Trooper looking for contraband? Most evil thing the empire ever did, and the saddest moment in the franchise. I'm not even joking, that poor Wookiee child.
bigjeff822
89T6
SteveAston SteveAston
0T1
Daniel Radd
13T1
Optimusmike Optimus_mike
0T1
It makes you believe again, doesn't it?
Gauntlet Gauntlet
jhsoby jhsoby
0T1
Winston4th
0T1
Shadrik Shadrik
5T1
Eignarom Eignarom
0T1
doctorbu
40T1
lojzik
20T1
El_Guapo El Guapo
10T1
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
19T1
fizzy
5
boesball
0T1
What did I just watch???
drcriddle drcriddle
0T1
caocao caocao
1T1
A pinnacle of Barqs achievment.
fuzzleshnops fuzzleshnops
0T1
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. If I could give it a negative score, I would.
Tomero12
30T1
Evan Waters
40T1
dirtyfilthy
40T2
roger1
3T1
janus
70T5
Hardly unwatchable. Y'all're fuckin' pussies, apparently. As far as '70s TV variety shows go it's not even that bad. Regardless of intent, it humanizes people and things that can seem elevated and distant, like that photo of Barack Obama smoking a joint, or those creepy James Joyce love letters. On most days I'd rather throw this on than any of the prequels.
piratejerk piratejerk
1T1
erikasterup
0T1
Travisbickle Travisbickle
45T1
Sagremore
15T1
ronen2
2T1
frankswild frankswild
10T1
DaeSanye DaeSanye
1T1
hekkon hekkon
20T1
bellamyr bellamyr
10T1
Forget the Sith Lords - this is guaranteed to make anyone turn to the dark side!
kyleloomis kyle.loomis
1T1
Bluladder
50T1
Squin
0T1
RandallODim
10T1
Watch it with friends and you might be able to deal, but it's just too interminably long to sit through alone.
wademenard wademenard
10T1
oisteing oisteing
80T9
jsietsema
0T1
CloseFriend CloseFriend
0T1
If you haven't seen this, you're probably thinking, "I'll watch it with my friends! We're gonna make fun of it!" Don't do it. The whole thing is so incredibly boring, awkward, and uninteresting that it's impossible to enjoy even on that level. Watching this will make you bored out of your mind and physically sick.
jksterup jksterup
0T1
Kluuz
59T1
quenyks
5T1
silent_disco silent disco
0T1
xacviant
12T1
Were I a STAR WARS devotee, I'm sure I would see this as a violation of what I believe in, and a humiliation of my loved ones. But I was just left numb. You want minutes upon minutes of unsubtitled Wookiee antics? Diahann Carroll as a singing fantasy for the pleasure (...) of Chewbacca's father? Endless and painfully stupid skits which embarass Art Carney and Harvey Korman? Bea fucking Arthur? Terrible animation for Boba Fett's debut? Harrison Ford looking bored? Lameness unlimited? You got it.
dourface
10T1
shahness
18T1
minutemusic
43T1
SirVasil SirVasil
0T1
gavinbennett
20T2
israndy
65T1
Yikes!
chesterfilms
5T1
Gusx1
30T1
ArkadyFalls
20T1
Invi Invi
40T1
ME_Criticker
20T4
Trichuriasis
5T1
Cantstopdrew Cantstopdrew
20T1
Evolution Evolution
2T1
Stay away... stay far, far away from this.
nanaimo
0T1
minge
90T8
Skaffel
10T1
Rotten Users
20T1
Oliveira Oliveira
10T1
Quesazilla Quesazilla
10T1
benshoemaker benshoemaker
80T1
losrasputin losrasputin
8T1
Arschloch
25T2
Corganist
77T7
Jon
15T1
Horrible
Rigters Rigters
5T1
GreatScott85 GreatScott85
0T1
I'm sorry, what? This still exists?
lineuphere lineuphere
10T1
Barthalen Barthalen
0T1
So I accidentally took some acid mixed with cough syrup and then I fell down a flight of stairs and suddenly I saw these horrible looking Wookies who were screeching for what seemed like hours and Bea Arthur sang to me and some old four-armed transvestite was making me dinner and I saw recycled footage of A New Hope and what must have been 3 days later I woke up in a puddle of Bacta-fluid and my own tears.
snallygaster snallygaster
10T1
KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
1T1
maborosi maborosi
2T1
emtilt emtilt
0T1
Unwatchable.
deadghost deadghost
0T1
Jabberwocky
0T2
dmarques dmarques
1T1
I survived the star wars holiday special and all i got was this lousy brain tumor.
cardsos01
20T1
BurstBubble
0T1
My ears are bleeding...
kascal
0T1
Sheldrake Sheldrake
40T3
tuerda
2T1
Nearly half an hour of this is nothing but wookies grunting at each other. The rest of it is worse. Just remembering it is painful. . . . still better than attack of the clones though.
Bagger Bagger
0T1
What is even the hell?
volkanya volkanya
0T1
msweller msweller
20T1
ScrumYummy
3T1
XakkMaster XakkMaster
15T1
For completists only. This had to have been created as something else entirely and only had Star Wars slapped on it because of the Box Office success of the first movie. The characters don't have any resemblance to characters in the Star Wars universe, other than physically. For the first 15-20 minutes you might find it "so bad it's hilarious," especially if you're watching it with a group, but before the half-way point (save for the cartoon) it becomes un-watchable and tedious beyond belief.
QtheAlmighty QtheAlmighty
47T1
There are not words.
daisylegs daisylegs
0T1
GroovySouls Groovy_Souls
0T1
Just.... No.
DallasSD
1T1
Beageal Beageal
37T1
ktappe ktappe
9T1
tara tara
50T4
Severian
0T1
roguepixel roguepixel
0T1
dacriz
0T1
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
0T1
Nearphotison Nearphotison
5T1
One point for Boba Fett's debut, four for Bea Arthur.
tyoda
0T1
DrewTheDude DrewTheDude
14T1
Nothing will be more beautiful than a bunch of heavenly Wookies!
huebs
27T1
ShitHappens ShitHappens
0T1
um question....Why is there no Wookie translator....and 99.9% of it is...Wookies?
ssavage ssavage
40T1
KasperL KasperL
0T1
Definitely not one of those "so bad it's good"-type films - it's immeasurably worse! Truly beyond painful to watch. Don't do it. Don't even consider it. (Ever.)
chitty chitty
90T7
Filligan Filligan
0T1
I want to die now.
sirperry
88T9
gunhaver gunhaver
12T1
Laplacian
10T1
cantaloupe
7T1
adwilson
30T2
DamienTC
1T1
RAMTHA
90T5
clarkah Prof. Sebby
20T1
cullen
10T1
Derekstar Derekstar
10T1
I....Wha-.... I mean, ask 10 people what the strangest part of the Star Wars Holiday Special is and you may get 10 different answers. Is it the searing family drama performed entirely in Wookie without subtitles? Is it watching lil' Lumpy watch an entire instructional video in real time? Is it the appearance of musical guests Jefferson Starship? Is it the inexplicable five minute Cirque Du Soleil dance break? No, the strangest part is Boba Fett riding a dinosaur.
snyderrb snyder_rb
39T1
juanpsala
1T1
DavidBlast DavidBlast
5T1
I can't quite decide if this was a worse addition to the STAR WARS saga than the "Midiclorian" revelation in Episode one. Hm.. Right. let's stay positive here: The STAR WARS Holiday Special has ... uh.. no JarJar Binks. It does, however, have wookie families and.. singing... I think what I'm trying to say is that this is the movie equivalent of cancer.
Leland Leland
10T1
Komond Komond
0T1
George Lucas said: "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every bootlegged copy of that program and smash it." That's exactly the same thing that proves it's a shit, and the same thing that will make any ill person have a morbid need to watch it, just to finally regret of being a curious human being.
karabe karabe
20T1
fenixdown fenixdown
1T1
TrixRabbi TrixRabbi
18T1
Really funny at first but quickly overstays it's welcome and just becomes boring as all hell. Needs to be a communal viewing because on it's own it's pbbbbtttt
Arthur Katt
0T1
Pinhead01
50T1
coffee coffee
2T1
cagedwisdom cagedwisdom
0T1
This is so terrible, there really isn't much else to say about it. I really didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this.
Schismchasm Schismchasm
1T1
Jazzaloha
5T1
If you thought the Ewoks were bad, wait to you see the Wookie children. But the show is noteworthy for it's animated short, which includes Boba Fett. My guess is that this is single biggest reason fans had such great expectations for Boba Fett--way cool in this short--and partially why they were so disappointed when he finally appeared on screen in *Jedi*.
Bufo1944
70T3
botelhudo botelhudo
0T1
Marty
45T4
ninjamonkey ninjamonkey
4T1
nickabc nickabc
60T1
letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
13T1
cairosmith
6T1
Huus Huus
0T1
jrmoviemania
50T2
Charlie Charlie
10T1
NEVER AGAIN!!!
nickwindk nickwin_dk
10T1
Cheese Cheese
0T1
We thought this would be fun to watch combined with a drinking game. Turns out it ain't...
pomattovich
28T2
Merv_Taylor
20T1
Hilarious
kingofjew kingofjew
34T1
Grit Grit
0T1
Astonishingly abysmal, how anybody thought this was a good idea for a respectable series such as Star Wars I can't imagine. It's like a childrens pantomime, poorly put together, poorly planned, boring as hell and completely embarassing to watch. I couldn't bring myself to bear the full two hour viewing, I simply couldn't submit myself to any more of this voluntary torture. There are bad films. There are films so incredibly bad that you feel like projectile vomiting, but then there's this.
szech szech
0T1
Unwatchable.
okayfrog okayfrog
0T1
I don't want to give a film a "0" score when there are 101 possible scores on the spectrum, but I really can't think of a single redeeming quality to The Star Wars Holiday Special. It does have all your favorite Star Wars characters and they all do absolutely nothing. I really wonder how the segments in this film were written. Is it possible for anybody to find this entertaining?
maddog maddog
15T1
You watch it with someone to make fun of it because it's so bad. It has no other value... just don't underestimate sitting down to make fun of it.
wavex
20T1
wokelstein wokelstein
30T1
supergloo supergloo
1T1
Arguably, positive proof that all the success George Lucas had with Star Wars was pure luck.
jimmyjazz
35T1
Henrik Henrik
0T1
Crapface108 Crapface108
3T1
NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS IN THIS STUPID FUCKING MOVIE. NOTHING! I watched this with the Rifftrax commentary and that did not help one iota! WHY WOULD YOU MAKE THE MOVIE LIKE THIS? WHY WOULD YOU MAKE THE MOVIE SO MUCH NOTHING? WHY? WHAT HAPPENED TO MAKE THIS SO AWFUL? THIS WAS DURING THE TIME STAR WARS WAS AWESOME! WHY DID THIS SUCK SO HARD?
Onac
2T1
Jeb Jeb
0T1
Please....just don't watch it......
NightGoat72 NightGoat72
50T5
ZachReviews ZachReviews
8T1
An abysmal film. By no means is it good. However, it holds historical value for introducing us the Bounty Hunter that is Boba Fett, thus giving it 5 points. Plus 3 for Carrie Fisher looking extremely high throughout her scenes.
Niska Niska
0T1
kurenai kurenai
60T1
Kraven1905 Kraven1905
1T1
IllegalCyrus
0T1
sirhcybe
20T1
cminferno cminferno
0T1
shenks
0T1
Ununnilium Ununnilium
19T1
Everyone's already commented on the negative aspects of this, so I'll mostly skip that - though I will say that the cartoon that introduces Boba Fett is also terrible, with weird unpleasant animation and a plot that just kind of stops. But what I find interesting about the special is how dedicated it is to showing life in a society under heavy fascist oppression. You have censorship, soldiers barging into homes, whole ways of life being shut down on a say-so. It's evocative, at the least.
Critic2010 Critic2010
37T1
Tyomega
0T1
marntim
10T1
redpatriot redpatriot
30T1
The actual "special" is pretty horrible, but the cartoon is actually really good. But man... Bea Arthur sings.. and Leia sings... and various wookies jump around and do household chores... this was REAL bad.
cwratliff
90T7
sheepslasher sheepslasher
0T1
????
niksan
1T1
kastenm kastenm
39T1
Korsoh Korsoh
10T1
JohnnyZombie JohnnyZombie
0T1
The fact that this is a Star Wars product and has not been released since the original airing should give you a hint as to how terrible it is.
Colten97
10T1
JackDurden JackDurden
mich8bsp mich8bsp
0T1
Elex
1T1
SimonJones96 SimonJones96
3T1
mattorama12 mattorama12
9T1
There's only a few reasons to complain about the internet. YouTube commenters are terrible. Hot takes are ruining sports coverage. And I can now add to the list that it enabled me to see this horrible trash. The Itchy fantasy scene may haunt me for all time. The only reason this isn't a 0 is because the animated section.
Cerebrus Cerebrus
0T1
boredom
0T1
iSean413 iSean413
80T5
Detonathor
0T1
On one hand, it needs to be seen to be believed...but then you can't unsee it.
chmod chmod
1T3
Cahadras1 Cahadras1
8T1
dgannz
10T1
hydroowl
0T1
CosmicMonkey CosmicMonkey
3T1
"Abysmal"? "Horrendous"? "Painful"? The English language simply lacks the vocabulary to accurately and precisely describe how soul-crushingly awful this film is. I think I'll weep and cry in a corner now.
davisraffi
30T1
Hangarl
0T1
Pingy
68T1
baconadidas bacon&adidas
70T3
Ross Ross
0T1
spookey
0T1
Jarmann Jarmann
10T1
Where's me red cloak?
Johnny6Gun Johnny6Gun
10T1
Almost as bad as Episode II, but at least it has Harrison Ford in it. Oh yeah, Lumpy's in it, too. Everyone loves Lumpy.
pjalne pjalne
0T1
AJ_Raffles
0T1
Zoltan Zoltan
30T1
Efrye Efrye
10T1
OldAle1
30T1
BillyShears BillyShears
15T1
The first ten'ish minutes is nothing but subtitle-free Wookiee banter, it's so retarded and bold and daring and I'm going "This is the funniest thing". 1 hour and 50 minutes I was crawling around dazed, begging for George Lucas to spoon feed me the prequels , make it stop, end it all.
gogokain gogokain
0T1
I got a bad feeling about this...
CinematicESP CinematicESP
2T1
Both of those points go toward the kinda cool Boba Fett cartoon. Otherwise, this thing is an absolute bore. I'd like to know who thought any of this would be at all entertaining to watch.
jgolden
10T1
marsnoir
25T1
So bad, its good! Watch it with the commercials, to bring you back to a time when 'Made in the USA' meant for something.
TheAlliance TheAlliance
10T1
I saved myself a lot of agony by watching the YouTube-5-minutes-version. Well, what is there to say... Chewy was amazing as always.
progre2 progre2
1T1
riseoffall
1T1
Borelly
0T1
iabpup
20T1
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