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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

See it and prepare to be captivated by the most spellbinding sci-fi film of them all.

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 10/10

September 9, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Director Irvin Kershner's imaginative supervision of George Lucas's brainchild gives this second part of the first Star Wars trilogy a truly epic dimension, adding a mature, philosophical aspect to the nonstop barrage of brilliant special effects.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2013

Total Film

It's darker than the original, and perhaps less well structured, but it combines gorgeous visuals and surprisingly deep human emotions.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2013
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

December 15, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Continues to set the standards for sequels to this day...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

May 22, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O melhor de toda a série, este episódio abraça o potencial sombrio do universo concebido por Lucas e consegue equilibrar com eficiência os aspectos infantis da narrativa com os momentos de maior densidade.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 7, 2010
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008

TIME Magazine
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In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 13, 2008
Steve Biodrowski

Despite ... an unresolved storyline that paves the way for its dismal sequel, Empire remains in many ways the best (indeed the last good) Star Wars film.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

July 13, 2008


A more mature instalment than its predecessor, loaded with spectacular special effects and efficiently written, this may well be the pinnacle of the saga.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2008
James Harwood
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The Empire Strikes Back is a worthy sequel to Star Wars, equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated too much by others.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 4, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Each section of the film has a stand-out sequence that inspires hyperbole like 'best ever.'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The most imaginative and emotionally connectable "Star Wars" film and, with the exception of "Revenge of the Sith," also the darkest.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

June 23, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The second act is very strong, cutting back and forth between Luke training with Yoda and Han, Leia, Chewie and C-3P0 fighting the Empire. And it's paced leisurely enough that you get to know the characters a little bit.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2006

Time Out
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An extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The best of the films.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2005
Michael Dequina

Sci-fi cinema at its best.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 17, 2005
Jason Zingale

Everything you loved about A New Hope and more.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

The backbone of the Star Wars saga… takes the story and themes of the first film into deeper waters.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A+

May 16, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the deepest, darkest, most mature, and most thoughtful entry in the series.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

September 9, 2004
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