Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Reviews

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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
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
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.

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,

Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The old Star Wars gang are back doing what they've done before, but this time with a certain evident boredom.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.

David Ansen
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Jedi is downright repetitive!

Rex Reed
New York Post
Top Critic
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
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Roger Moore
Winston-Salem Journal
January 1, 2000

Jedi still has its grand moments.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000


Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The acting in Return of the Jedi is stronger than in the previous films.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
January 1, 2000

The film reaches a density of emotion in its last 20 minutes that only a few other movies can approach.

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
James Harwood
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

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