Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Critics Consensus

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.

81%

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Total Count: 90

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In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor. In the last second, Vader makes a momentous choice: he destroys the Emperor and saves his son. The Empire is finally defeated, the Sith are destroyed, and Anakin Skywalker is thus redeemed. At long last, freedom is restored to the galaxy.

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Cast

Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Billy Dee Williams
as Lando Calrissian
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Alec Guinness
as Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
Ian McDiarmid
as Emperor Palpatine
Sebastian Shaw
as Anakin Skywalker
Kenny Baker
as Paploo/R2-D2
Michael Pennington
as Moff Jerjerrod
Kenneth Colley
as Adm. Piett
Michael Carter
as Bib Fortuna
Tim Rose
as Adm. Ackbar
Dermot Crowley
as Gen. Madine
Jeremy Bulloch
as Boba Fett
Annie Arbogast
as Sy Snootles
Claire Davenport
as Fat Dancer
Jane Busby
as Chief Chirpa
Malcolm Dixon
as Ewok Warrior
Mike Cottrell
as Ewok Warrior
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27)

  • "Return of the Jedi," the final act of George Lucas' first "Star Wars" trilogy, is the best one yet.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Highly entertaining.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Brought this trilogy to close perfectly. Characters continue to grow and interactions between them are excellent. Scene between Luke and Leia in the Ewok village is one of the best acted of the film. Of course starting out back on Tatooine (full circle) was such a great idea. The entire sequence at Jabba's palace was very memorable. Plus seeing Luke wield his lightsaber as a Jedi Knight was amazing. This film gets a lot of hate from some people but I actually really really liked it although the changes that Lucas made to it in his many special editions took away from what the original (what I am basing this rating off of) had.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    It lacks much of the great writing and compelling narrative choices of the previous two films, however Return of the Jedi remains a pinnacle sci-fi adventure that is a immensely satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy of Star Wars.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Not a perfect movie, however a great conclusion to the original trilogy. Having the adventure, thrilling sequences and characters we all know and love!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi" (1983) is the stunning conclusion to the original Star Wars journey. It is the final story in the hero's journey of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), his harnessing of the positive powers of the Force, and his overcoming his fears and his foes, helping to rid the galaxy of the evil Galactic Empire. What makes the film so heartbreaking is the very personal story at the core of the film, involving Luke Skywalker and his father Darth Vader (Sebastian Shaw). Luke now knows that the leader of the Dark Side of the Force is his father, a man who was once Anakin Skywalker. Unfortunately for young Skywalker, both Darth Vader and his superior, Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), are trying to use this father-son connection for their own nefarious purpose. Whereas young Luke Skywalker would like to defeat the empire and restore balance to the Force, both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine want to use Skywalker as pawns in their own dark chess games. Emperor Palpatine would like to turn Skywalker to the Dark Side and make him the emperor's new apprentice and henchman, replacing his father Darth Vader. Vader, on the other hand, would like to overthrow the emperor and then rule the galaxy with Luke as father and son. Good will triump over evil, but seeing how that is done is half the fun of this film. This film gets a lot of good for its Ewok planet, a planet that looks like it's inhabited by little teddy bears. But the film is still great, and even better than "A New Hope" (1977), based on pacing and character development alone.
    Billie P Super Reviewer

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