Return of the Jedi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Return of the Jedi Reviews

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Joy Gould Boyum
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2015
Lucas has once again recycled the B movies of his youth: jungle movies, gangster movies, pirate movies, you name it. He culls bits from them that still have oomph and mounts them with a Sesame-Street zap.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 5, 2015
Highly entertaining.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 5, 2015
Though the 1983 film's effects seem almost quaint by today's awesome standards, Jedi has something the newer movies don't: characters we care about, not to mention a plot that involves both them and us.
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2015
Unfortunately, it conveys the sense that the machinery has already started to wear down, and the inventiveness to wear thin.
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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
April 30, 2015
The trilogy is superior entertainment that, have assimilated its sources, has itself become the real thing, making movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
September 26, 2014
...when Luke and Darth Vader face off before the drooling Emperor, the franchise comes to its rightful fruition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph
November 25, 2013
The appeal, perhaps, will be strongest to the young.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 4, 2013
For all its faults and goofy plot holes, "Return of the Jedi" is a solid finisher.
Rob Vaux
May 22, 2013
The Force was always with it, and time, though not entirely kind, still affirms that most important truth.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Harwood
February 23, 2012
Though slow to pick up the pace and saddled with an anticlimatic sequence at the finish, Jedi is nonetheless reasonably fast paced for its 133-minute length, a visual treat throughout.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
With every Jedi disappointment comes a new appreciation: for the genius of John Williams' music; for all that father-son stuff that once felt so mushy and now, with maturity, feels elemental; for Han's ironic-hero stance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
July 21, 2011
This installment is deemed by some fans to be the best of the first Star Wars trilogy in technical accomplishment and narrative involvment, but other critics disagree.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 8, 2010
A fragilidade de Marquand como diretor e a crescente infantilização da narrativa são facilmente constatáveis, mas ainda assim o filme consegue fechar satisfatoriamente a trilogia original.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
August 13, 2008
It is not as exciting as Star Wars itself, which had the advantage of novelty. But it is better and more satisfying than The Empire Strikes Back...
Steve Biodrowski
July 13, 2008
Return is such a dud that no amount of [Special Edition] reworking could have saved it.

March 4, 2008
The finale to the saga's first chapter wobbles from time to time and the mythology grows a little woolly, but that spectacular conclusion is hard to resist.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 6, 2007
The space battles are well-staged and various loose narrative threads are pulled together neatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
With its feints at horror and pathos, the third Star Wars film is the most Disney-esque in its emotional outline, yet that outline is buried beneath an obnoxiously hyped-up pace that reduces the emotions to rubble.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The third Star Wars film, and the sixth in the series, begins with a bang as our heroes try to wrap up the threads left hanging at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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