You are so wrapped up in the current "watch it, rent it or skip it" paradigm that you are unable to imagine any other.
I repeat. When it came out, they decided to skip it. Period.
When some years later it came out on video and also on network television, they thought, oh well, might as well check out what the fuss is all about. That's how and when they came to see it, okay? WTF is so difficult to understand?
As homework, go watch on youtube the Siskel and Ebert initial review of it. They were not particularly enthusiastic.
LOL, you are pretty uptight.
Nothing compared to what that generation would have said to you.
Next time don't suggest someone is a liar or idiot.
Do you have a link to the Siskel and Ebert initial review? I've been looking for it. I recall they both gave SW a thumbs down.
BTW, every movie critic disliked it except for the music, SFX and two "robots".
I recall moviegoers of all ages enjoying the movie and went to see it repeatedly for over a year it played in the theater. The SFX was something never seen before so seeing it in the theater on the large screen was a must. Also, new Dolby stereo sound. It was an experience!!
I have to emphasis that critics were completely out of touch with SW moviegoers. Lines were hours long and around the block across the country for weeks. Huge phenomena! I waited many hours, but worth it! Don't confuse regular adults who loved SW with the idiot critics.