Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.

Earnest Leogrande
New York Daily News

A spectacular piece of work that carries the new "Star Wars" tradition forward.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Irvin Kershner directed the actors this time around, and without the benefit of Lucas's personal affection they seem stiffer, more clenched.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

See it and prepare to be captivated by the most spellbinding sci-fi film of them all.

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TIME Magazine

In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail.

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Time Out

An extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Director Irvin Kershner's imaginative supervision of George Lucas's brainchild gives this second part of the first Star Wars trilogy a truly epic dimension, adding a mature, philosophical aspect to the nonstop barrage of brilliant special effects.

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James Harwood

The Empire Strikes Back is a worthy sequel to Star Wars, equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated too much by others.

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Judith Martin
Washington Post

The total effect is fast and attractive and occasionally amusing. Like a good hot dog, that's something of an achievement in a field where unpalatable junk is the rule.

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Total Film

It's darker than the original, and perhaps less well structured, but it combines gorgeous visuals and surprisingly deep human emotions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Startling relationships, dark pasts, and high-octane space battles surround this brilliant sequel to the beloved "Star Wars" film, "A New… More
Daniel Mumby
The success of Star Wars took everyone by surprise - most of all George Lucas, who had struggled for four years trying to get his dream project made. Out of the… More
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five stars!!
Eugene Bernabe
Lucas' imagination continues to expand into 'Empire' with stunning visual effects as well as an even darker story into the trilogy. The chemistry… More
Josh Lewis
A darker, more mature, and more sophisticated Star Wars than the original. That doesn't necessarily make it a better film, as much of the freshness is gone… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
The best of the trilogy and the best of the franchise because it is the best written, the best filmed and overall has the darkest plot.