Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father Darth Vader in a final… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 25, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.

Rena Andrews
Denver Post

It's everything it ought to be -- glorious, exhilarating, exciting, absorbing, technically wondrous. But there also is something bittersweet in the knowledge that, with Jedi, we are bidding a fond farewell to all of the characters we got to know so well.

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Joy Gould Boyum
Wall Street Journal

Lucas has once again recycled the B movies of his youth: jungle movies, gangster movies, pirate movies, you name it. He culls bits from them that still have oomph and mounts them with a Sesame-Street zap.

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Sebastian Zavala Kahn

It's not a total disappointment, but compared to its two predecessors, it's definitely a minor film. [Full review in Spanish]

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Harper Barnes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The characters and dialogue get lost somewhere between the bug-eyed monsters and the exploding spaceships, but it is all so much fun it probably really does not matter a whole lot.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Highly entertaining.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's largely captivating at gigantic SFX and VFX spectacle; it's good at family movie and it's trivial at adult movie.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

With this last of the central Star Wars cycle, there is the sense of the closing of a circle, of leaving behind real friends. It is accomplished with a weight and a new maturity that seem entirely fitting, yet the movie has lost none of its sense of fun.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Though the 1983 film's effects seem almost quaint by today's awesome standards, Jedi has something the newer movies don't: characters we care about, not to mention a plot that involves both them and us.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

'Jedi' takes a little longer to get going, but once it does, the Star Wars finale ends on a satisfying and rewarding note for fans who watch it for the first of 50th time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A powerful, albeit flawed, conclusion to the trilogy.
KJ Proulx
Fresh off two fantastic films, comes "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," an overlong, yet satisfying finish to a great trilogy. It drags out… More
Josh Lewis
Return of the Jedi, while a reasonably satisfying finale to the original trilogy, does not match the heights of the previous two films. It is pigeon-holed… More
MisterYoda ?
four and a half stars!!
Chris Garman
After a cliff hanger ending in The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars (original) Trilogy concludes with Return of the Jedi, a film that while great and… More
Daniel Mumby
Like many of its fellow threequels, Return of the Jedi is commonly regarded as the runt of the litter. It's received the harshest treatment of any Star… More