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Return of the Jedi Reviews

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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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Steve Grant
Time Out
February 9, 2006
In scope and ambition, Jediresembles nothing so much as the next level of a computer game, with a new environment, new gadgets and new creatures.
Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph
November 25, 2013
The appeal, perhaps, will be strongest to the young.
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
[Hamill] gives what is immediately recognizable as the most irritating lead performance in a blockbuster film in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Slower, longer and less powerful than Episodes IV and V, Return of the Jedi closes this extraordinary trilogy more with a whimper than a bang,
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The old Star Wars gang are back doing what they've done before, but this time with a certain evident boredom.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The script descends into soap-opera melodrama.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Chewbacca doesn't have enough dialogue.
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David Ansen
January 1, 2000
Jedi is downright repetitive!
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Rex Reed
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Let's not pretend we're watching art!
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Falls short of the high standards set by the opening chapters.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The problems with Jedi cannot be fixed even with the best digital software in the galaxy: the weak story, the bad performances, the burp jokes, and Luke's bizarre-looking hair mop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Steve Biodrowski
July 13, 2008
Return is such a dud that no amount of [Special Edition] reworking could have saved it.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The force isn't entirely with the re-release of this computer- altered, warm-and-fuzzy Star Wars sequel.
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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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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
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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...
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Along with some equally captivating special effects and a heavy dose of action, Return of the Jedi is still a solid combination of everything you love about the first two movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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