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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews


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
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.

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March 4, 2008
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.

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May 30, 2007

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.

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January 26, 2006
Judith Martin
Washington Post
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The total effect is fast and attractive and occasionally amusing. Like a good hot dog, that's something of an achievement in a field where unpalatable junk is the rule.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 22, 2002
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
David Ansen
Newsweek
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The Empire Strikes Back is a technological triumph, a cornucopia of intergalactic tchotchkes.

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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The balance between action and mysticism in Empire provides fascinating energy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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In the glory days of science fiction, critics wrote about the 'sense of wonder.' That's what The Empire Strikes Back creates in us

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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A dramatic illustration of the continued technical brilliance and leadership of the Lucas production team.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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Star Wars made my eyes pop out when I first saw it in 1977!

January 1, 2000
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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The most classic in its style, design and narrative.

January 1, 2000
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Film.com
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For many Star Wars fans, this second installment is the best of the George Lucas trilogy: a dark, ultimately melancholy, even philosophical episode that has no triumphant happy ending.

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

May 21, 1980
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