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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The balance between action and mysticism in The Empire Strikes Back provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of delights, the bravado of battles and elaborate warships zooming through exotic space, and adults are given another, a layered explanation of what it all means in the grand scheme of things. [Special Edition] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart. show more

  • 100
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow and develop, the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat. [Special Edition] show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    This is the bluest film you'll ever see. The haunting color resounds throughout Empire like a sustained, melancholy chord...Empire is essential viewing for lovers of science fiction. [Special Edition] show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Adds more cosmic cliff-hangers than it resolves, and it's not as satisfying as the original. A star war can be an exhausting bit of business, especially when, in the end, it turns out to be something of a cheat. show more

  • 90
    Chris Gore Film Threat

    It was incredible to see what is arguably the best of the Star Wars films, on the big screen again. However, I do not believe that any of the minor changes make the film any better. [Special Edition] show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    A darker, richer, and more elaborate film than the original; it suffers most from being just what it is: a middle chapter with no real ending. [Special Edition] show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts (in a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, directed with confident exuberance by Irvin Kershner). [Special Edition] show more

  • February 07, 2012 Dry Master
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    Yoda is enough said to be the best supporting character. The effects are just amazing for it\'s time and just had a flattering story. I mean the space ships and all these planets are just so realistic and can really be created. That shows that this is a great, well-made sequel.

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  • Star Wars (1977)

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

  • Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999)

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