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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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June 5, 2016
Has any movie sequel ever so thoroughly surpassed impossible expectations as The Empire Strikes Back?
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 17, 2015
...an erratically-paced yet consistently entertaining installment in a not-quite-great sci-fi series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2015
The Empire Strikes Back is no bland derivative. It has all the freshness and exuberance of an original. A marvellous space fantasy full of dazzling spectacle, exciting adventure, strange creatures and the mythic clash between good and evil.
December 15, 2015
The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate in fantasies, a visual wonder and a movie that should be recommended highly if only because it makes you feel good.
December 14, 2015
Despite a couple of drawbacks, the Empire Strikes Back is an immense amount of fun -- big and splashy and breathtaking in its display of cinematic genius by a huge group of marvelously talented people.
December 14, 2015
To answer the big question first: Yes, The Empire Strikes Back is just as enjoyable as Star Wars. In fact, this is one sequel that defies tradition by being better than the original on several counts -- most of them technical, but a few dramatic.
June 29, 2015
Another richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas.
June 29, 2015
The Empire may not top Star Wars, but it certainly makes one look forward to whatever new surprises George Lucas and his band of cinematic wizards can conjure up for us.
June 29, 2015
It is technically even more proficient [than Star Wars], has virtually the same ingredients and bursts forth into a world that still seems ripe for its special blend of nostalgically simple story-telling and complicated technology.
June 29, 2015
The younger actors are now more confident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2015
A spectacular piece of work that carries the new "Star Wars" tradition forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2013
See it and prepare to be captivated by the most spellbinding sci-fi film of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
August 4, 2013
It's darker than the original, and perhaps less well structured, but it combines gorgeous visuals and surprisingly deep human emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 15, 2010
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 22, 2010
Continues to set the standards for sequels to this day...
January 7, 2010
O melhor de toda a série, este episódio abraça o potencial sombrio do universo concebido por Lucas e consegue equilibrar com eficiência os aspectos infantis da narrativa com os momentos de maior densidade.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 13, 2008
In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail.
July 13, 2008
Despite ... an unresolved storyline that paves the way for its dismal sequel, Empire remains in many ways the best (indeed the last good) Star Wars film.
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