Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
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The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior. Luke's Star Wars cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the brooding Darth Vader (body of David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones). And, of course, "The Force," personified by the ghost of Luke's mentor Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), is with them all. Retreating from Vader's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In many ways the new film is a better film than Star Wars, visually more exciting, more artful and meticulous in detail."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An extended ricochet from one incendiary set-piece battle to another which still finds time to attend to plot, pace and character."
‑ , Time Out
"See it and prepare to be captivated by the most spellbinding sci-fi film of them all."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"It's not up to the original."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"O melhor de toda a série, este episódio abraça o potencial sombrio do universo concebido por Lucas e consegue equilibrar com eficiência os aspectos infantis da narrativa com os momentos de maior densidade."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ James Harwood, Variety
"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."
‑ Judith Martin, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The best of the original series, but the most intense, too."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Despite ... an unresolved storyline that paves the way for its dismal sequel, Empire remains in many ways the best (indeed the last good) Star Wars film."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Irvin Kershner directed the actors this time around, and without the benefit of Lucas's personal affection they seem stiffer, more clenched."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"In the glory days of science fiction, critics wrote about the 'sense of wonder.' That's what The Empire Strikes Back creates in us"
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"It's darker than the original, and perhaps less well structured, but it combines gorgeous visuals and surprisingly deep human emotions."
‑ , Total Film
"Continues to set the standards for sequels to this day..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A more mature instalment than its predecessor, loaded with spectacular special effects and efficiently written, this may well be the pinnacle of the saga."
‑ , Film4
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