Based on 17 Critics
  • 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

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

  • Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.

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