The Walking Dead
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified.
Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service.
Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
All Critics (89)
| Top Critics (26)
| Fresh (72)
| Rotten (17)
| DVD (10)
"Return of the Jedi," the final act of George Lucas' first "Star Wars" trilogy, is the best one yet.
It's everything it ought to be -- glorious, exhilarating, exciting, absorbing, technically wondrous. But there also is something bittersweet in the knowledge that, with Jedi, we are bidding a fond farewell to all of the characters we got to know so well.
The characters and dialogue get lost somewhere between the bug-eyed monsters and the exploding spaceships, but it is all so much fun it probably really does not matter a whole lot.
With this last of the central Star Wars cycle, there is the sense of the closing of a circle, of leaving behind real friends. It is accomplished with a weight and a new maturity that seem entirely fitting, yet the movie has lost none of its sense of fun.
Lucas has once again recycled the B movies of his youth: jungle movies, gangster movies, pirate movies, you name it. He culls bits from them that still have oomph and mounts them with a Sesame-Street zap.
Definitely more good than bad, the opening and the big Luke-Vader-Emperor showdown are great, it just has some weaker elements that drag the overall experience down.
Return of the Jedi is a fitting, if not quite spectacular, end to a classic trilogy
It's not a total disappointment, but compared to its two predecessors, it's definitely a minor film. [Full review in Spanish]
It's largely captivating at gigantic SFX and VFX spectacle; it's good at family movie and it's trivial at adult movie.
'Jedi' takes a little longer to get going, but once it does, the Star Wars finale ends on a satisfying and rewarding note for fans who watch it for the first of 50th time.
...a capper to a solid trilogy that's nevertheless not quite the flawless work its reputation would seem to indicate.
A powerful, albeit flawed, conclusion to the trilogy.
Return of the Jedi, while a reasonably satisfying finale to the original trilogy, does not match the heights of the previous two films. It is pigeon-holed somewhere in the middle: not quite dark and mature enough to match Empire Strikes Back and not free-spirited and original enough to match A New Hope. The tone is more in line with the first film, but after Empire you want them to continue to get more mature and that didn't happen. The main aspects of the plot certainly are fine, but the subplots involving the Ewoks and rescuing Han seem kind of shoe-horned in. Ultimately, it is entertaining and certainly still worth watching, but a mild disappointment because of the high expectations of following Empire.
After a cliff hanger ending in The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars (original) Trilogy concludes with Return of the Jedi, a film that while great and entertaining, doesn't quite live up to the majesty of the previous two installments.
The film opens with our heroes led by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) attempting to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from overgrown slug Jabba The Hutt. Meanwhile, the Empire have begun construction on another Death Star that will culminate in a three front battle on the forest moon of Endor, in space, and the final confrontation between father and son with the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) as an active audience.
Return of the Jedi is a fine adventure film, full of fun and excitement. The problem really boils down to the fact that it seems that the story seems to rehash the previous two entries, especially the first one. The Cantina scene returns with the numerous alien creatures hanging around Jabba's palace. The Death Star once again becomes the powerful weapon that can destroy the Rebellion. I would add the final duel between Luke and Darth Vader, but this time it feels different. Luke has matured into a contemplating Jedi, not a head strong young man just wanting to save his friends. There is a nice arc to each character in this film. Luke's arc from farm boy to the last of the Jedi Knights. Han from smuggler to war hero. Leia (Carrie Fisher) no longer seeming as regal, but more revolutionary. It's magnificent that this trilogy actually has character grow instead of being set personalities, never to change. Once again, praise must be heaped on writer Lawrence Kasdan. This may be George Lucas' story, but Kasdan makes it a living piece.
Even though the film isn't as great as Star Wars or Empire, Return of the Jedi is a fitting end to the original trilogy and the saga up to that point. Conclusions usually aren't the greatest things to see, but with Return of the Jedi the film makers do this franchise justice. A fitting ending for the adventurous characters created by George Lucas.
Fresh off two fantastic films, comes "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," an overlong, yet satisfying finish to a great trilogy. It drags out the story a little too much, before reaching the climax that is worth waiting for, but having a film that is longer than the first two, while not as good, is kind of a let down in some aspects. With some dumb humor and odd new characters, the third installment in the original "Star Wars" trilogy is good for the fans, but it will not gain any new viewers. I found myself resting my head through this film, waiting for the excitement to happen, and when it does, it really does, but that's all. Well directed, well acted, and well written, it's memorable for many reasons, but is the least enjoyable in this trilogy.
View All Quotes