Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Reviews

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November 16, 2015
It soon becomes obvious that there is no avoiding the burden of predictability: there is nothing, essentially, in the film's story that we don't know already.
November 16, 2015
Say what you want about Lucas' one-take directing style, his over-reliance on blue screens or his cheesy tendency to reference himself, but his imagination is as fertile as ever.
November 13, 2015
[A] dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga.
November 13, 2015
Episode III mainly is what it is -- the climax of a sometimes grand adventure that's more than the sum of its parts, yet much less than it might have been.
August 13, 2008
A grave and vigorous popular entertainment, a picture that regains and sustains the filmic Force [Lucas] dreamed up a long time ago, in a movie industry that seems far, far away.
May 12, 2006
Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires.
December 31, 2005
.. even though Revenge is a better experience than Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones, it doesn't add anything that satisfying or compelling to the big picture.
Top Critic
November 3, 2005
The Star Wars experience encapsulated: breathless, dramatic, effects-filled, badly acted and slightly disappointing.
September 26, 2005
McGregor, Portman, and Christensen have all been brilliant elsewhere but the bonds between their characters are all in the dialogue, never between the lines. (And the less said about the lines themselves, the better.)
July 7, 2005
Although the stiff theatrics are part of the design, they're no longer excusable.
May 26, 2005
Not far into the first third of the movie, I didn't think I was going to make it all the way through the percussive nonstop action.
May 26, 2005
It's a stronger movie than the two previous installments but, as Yoda would say: an out-and-out triumph it is not.
May 22, 2005
Lucas has woven into the action and effects a relatively thoughtful story about a young man meant for greatness but corrupted by his own fear and confusion, a story more Shakespearean than Arthurian.
May 20, 2005
If you've seen the others, you'll want to see this one. Let's face it -- there's no turning back.
May 20, 2005
No magic, little light, but an awful lot of heavy industry.
May 19, 2005
The lurid attraction of Revenge of the Sith stems from its utter predictability, from our knowledge that this is the payoff for which five earlier films over 28 years were but one elaborate Greek chorus.
May 18, 2005
Just when you thought it was safe to ridicule everything Star Wars, Lucas returns from his flirtation with the Dark Side by crafting a terrific caper to his monumental series.
May 18, 2005
A film that never wields the dramatic impact its plot should demand, and never realises the emotional potential at its dark heart.
May 18, 2005
Revenge of the Sith might be tolerable if it weren't designed to be taken seriously.
May 18, 2005
For fans it will be nirvana, and for everyone else a welcome relief.
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