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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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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.
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.
August 4, 2013
It's not up to the original.
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.
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.
January 26, 2019
Among the best sci-fi ... anything... ever. It has a darker tone, but still has plenty of fun, I'd have no problem putting it on and watching it all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
This 1980 sequel is a stronger film with cooler effects, more action, a better storyline and superior wisecracks.
March 4, 2008
A more mature instalment than its predecessor, loaded with spectacular special effects and efficiently written, this may well be the pinnacle of the saga.
December 17, 2018
A tight story, incredible twists, great characters and crunching action scenes, all tied up with a terrific ending - if you don't believe so, that is why you fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
January 3, 2018
Topping the most successful act in show business history is an impossibility, of course. But that's the challenge facing everyone who worked on "The Empire Strikes Back." They have succeeded to an altogether remarkable extent.
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.
November 27, 2017
The best 'Star Wars' film, an exciting and thrilling adventure, but also a sober and complex picture. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
April 30, 2015
A spectacular piece of work that carries the new "Star Wars" tradition forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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 5, 2005
Everything you loved about A New Hope and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
One of the great space operas of all time!
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