Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Synopsis
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia face Darth Vader's wrath.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The balance between action and mysticism in The Empire Strikes Back provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts (in a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one...
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow...
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90

Film Threat

By Chris Gore
It was incredible to see what is arguably the best of the Star Wars films, on the big screen again. However, I do not believe that any of...
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San Francisco Examiner

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This is the bluest film you'll ever see. The haunting color resounds throughout Empire like a sustained, melancholy chord...Empire is...
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80

TV Guide

A darker, richer, and more elaborate film than the original; it suffers most from being just what it is: a middle chapter with no real...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Adds more cosmic cliff-hangers than it resolves, and it's not as satisfying as the original. A star war can be an exhausting bit of...
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For Children or Not

By nadeemstooges
Age 11-16 This should be PG-13 for its violence, content, sex, foul language and suspense. Not suitable for young kids. Atleast fourth graders to seventh graders. Fit for sixth graders, seventh...

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Best Science Fiction Fantasy Movie Ever! Period. Also Best Movie of All Time Just Saying...

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By benman3000
A must see for all star wars fans!...

Greatest Movie Ever

By Nate-Wan
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Rated PG | For sci-fi action violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
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