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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

It's not up to the original.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 4, 2013
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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I found myself glancing at my watch almost as often as I did when I was sitting through a truly terrible movie called The Island.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Irvin Kershner directed the actors this time around, and without the benefit of Lucas's personal affection they seem stiffer, more clenched.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 30, 2007
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

Everything you loved about A New Hope and more.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
Roger Moore
Winston-Salem Journal

One of the great space operas of all time!

Full Review Source: Winston-Salem Journal

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is a visual extravaganza from beginning to end, one of the most visionary and inventive of all films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A superior motion picture!

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

December 15, 2002
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The best of the films.

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

September 30, 2005
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
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Have you heard of this one? Sequel to Star Wars?

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 10/10

January 1, 2000
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Scattered and less focused, the second of the Star Wars trilogy to be re-released in the Special Edition format remains a deep pleasure to behold.

January 1, 2000
James Harwood
Variety
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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
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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
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
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

May 22, 2010
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Genuinely powerful!

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 1, 2000
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