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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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Joy Gould Boyum
Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2001
A Star Wars that has not only lost much of its humor and charm but more important a good deal of its innocence, traveling in the process light years away from the shiny first magnitude of its original world.
Eric Shorter
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 29, 2015
It is hard to place one's affections anywhere in a world which is ruled by buttons and dials, computers and bleeps, and people whose conversation is... technical, inaudible or dull.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 4, 2013
It's not up to the original.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Irvin Kershner directed the actors this time around, and without the benefit of Lucas's personal affection they seem stiffer, more clenched.
Geraldine Pascall
The Australian
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.
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Rena Andrews
Denver Post
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.
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John O'Connell
Time Out
January 26, 2006
An extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Pollack
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
April 30, 2015
A spectacular piece of work that carries the new "Star Wars" tradition forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
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.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Everything you loved about A New Hope and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Moore
Winston-Salem Journal
January 1, 2000
One of the great space operas of all time!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a visual extravaganza from beginning to end, one of the most visionary and inventive of all films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A superior motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
The best of the films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 23, 2006
The most imaginative and emotionally connectable "Star Wars" film and, with the exception of "Revenge of the Sith," also the darkest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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