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: 95% 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.

Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times

Another richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas.

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Earnest Leogrande
New York Daily News

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

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

It is technically even more proficient [than Star Wars], has virtually the same ingredients and bursts forth into a world that still seems ripe for its special blend of nostalgically simple story-telling and complicated technology.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

The Empire may not top Star Wars, but it certainly makes one look forward to whatever new surprises George Lucas and his band of cinematic wizards can conjure up for us.

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Gerald Clarke
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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Eric Shorter
Daily Telegraph

It is hard to place one's affections anywhere in a world which is ruled by buttons and dials, computers and bleeps, and people whose conversation is... technical, inaudible or dull.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The younger actors are now more confident.

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James Harwood
Variety

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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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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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.