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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Reviews

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.
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
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
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.
March 4, 2008
The Empire Strikes Back is a worthy sequel to Star Wars, equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated too much by others.
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, 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
January 22, 2002
The total effect is fast and attractive and occasionally amusing. Like a good hot dog, that's something of an achievement in a field where unpalatable junk is the rule.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
The Empire Strikes Back is a technological triumph, a cornucopia of intergalactic tchotchkes.
January 1, 2000
The balance between action and mysticism in Empire provides fascinating energy.
January 1, 2000
A superior motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
In the glory days of science fiction, critics wrote about the 'sense of wonder.' That's what The Empire Strikes Back creates in us
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 1, 2000
A dramatic illustration of the continued technical brilliance and leadership of the Lucas production team.
January 1, 2000
The most classic in its style, design and narrative.
January 1, 2000
Star Wars made my eyes pop out when I first saw it in 1977!
January 1, 2000
It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
For many Star Wars fans, this second installment is the best of the George Lucas trilogy: a dark, ultimately melancholy, even philosophical episode that has no triumphant happy ending.
May 21, 1980
The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: A