Nathan Finlayson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Even if you hate the storyline entirely (which apart from most of the Jar-Jar stuff, I do not), the production design alone designates this as one of the most important films ever made. To this day few films reach this level of texture and vibrancy when computer imagery is concerned.
The political allegory of the prequels is something that others have covered far more extensively than I could, but I will uphold George Lucas as a strikingly potent political filmmaker. While The Phantom Menace only pokes at the political complexities of the subsequent movies, the seeds it lays are vital, and too often over looked.