Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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Earnest Leogrande
New York Daily News
April 30, 2015
A spectacular piece of work that carries the new "Star Wars" tradition forward.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
September 9, 2013
See it and prepare to be captivated by the most spellbinding sci-fi film of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
August 4, 2013
It's darker than the original, and perhaps less well structured, but it combines gorgeous visuals and surprisingly deep human emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 22, 2010
Continues to set the standards for sequels to this day...
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 7, 2010
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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TIME Magazine
August 13, 2008
In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail.
Steve Biodrowski
July 13, 2008
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.

March 4, 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.
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James Harwood
March 4, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Each section of the film has a stand-out sequence that inspires hyperbole like 'best ever.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 23, 2006
The most imaginative and emotionally connectable "Star Wars" film and, with the exception of "Revenge of the Sith," also the darkest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
An extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
The best of the films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
September 17, 2005
Sci-fi cinema at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Everything you loved about A New Hope and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 16, 2005
The backbone of the Star Wars saga… takes the story and themes of the first film into deeper waters.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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