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  1. May 5, 2015
    8
    YES FINALLY! one of the prequel movies gets most of it right! a very strong and fun movie! the performances arnt great and neither is the script somewhat, but it is a fun movie and very reminiscent of the original trilogy
  2. Apr 26, 2015
    10
    -----REDONE REVIEW-----

    Revenge of the Sith ends the prequel trilogy perfectly. It’s jam-packed with adventure, action, and emotional scenes. The standout actors here are easily Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, and Samuel L. Jackson; the latter two compete in perhaps one of the most intense lightsaber battles ever in this film. Even the CGI and Anakin character is improved. The film ties
    -----REDONE REVIEW-----

    Revenge of the Sith ends the prequel trilogy perfectly. It’s jam-packed with adventure, action, and emotional scenes. The standout actors here are easily Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, and Samuel L. Jackson; the latter two compete in perhaps one of the most intense lightsaber battles ever in this film. Even the CGI and Anakin character is improved. The film ties everything up nicely in the end to the original trilogy. A fitting end to a great saga.
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  3. Apr 24, 2015
    6
    In perhaps the most blatant instance of a Star Wars character plugging a plot hole, at one point in Return Of The Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi brushes aside the lies he told Luke about Vader with this infamous equivocation, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." So then, from a certain point of view, Revenge Of The Sith, simultaneously the middle and last StarIn perhaps the most blatant instance of a Star Wars character plugging a plot hole, at one point in Return Of The Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi brushes aside the lies he told Luke about Vader with this infamous equivocation, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." So then, from a certain point of view, Revenge Of The Sith, simultaneously the middle and last Star Wars movie, is the best sequel, and the most pleasing surprise, in the entire saga.

    In true Saturday morning serial fashion Sith begins with a chapter left-over from a previous adventure: the rescue of the Chancellor from General Grievous by Anakin, Obi-Wan and the saga's best sidekick: R2-D2. Fast, loose, inventive and within touching distance of funny, this is the spiritual sequel to the original escape from the Death Star, reloaded with full Jedi powers. Like a fragment from a lost civilization, this episode hints at countless Clone Wars escapades that sadly exist only in the extended universe — still, at least we have that bit where Jar Jar falls over the explosive marbles captured on film.

    The sequence ends with the saga’s single most audacious shot since the Star Destroyer first passed overhead — the front half of Grievous’ flagship The Invisible Hand screeching to a halt yards from camera — and it becomes clear that faced with the thankless task of directly dovetailing into a timeless classic everybody from Lucas down has raised their game considerably. ILM finally seem to have finished the digital toolkit they’ve been toying with since the late nineties fashioning flora and fauna that has real weight and substance for the first time. There are 2,200 effects shots in Sith — more than Menace and Clones combined — and there’s not a single specimen of bad compositing, which is more than can be said for 2006’s SFX Oscar winner King Kong.

    Also flawless is Gavin Bouquet’s production design - indeed, Sith's most unambiguous joy is watching Bouquet and Lucas retrofit their galaxy - often there seems to be no escape as the mismatched trilogies crunch together, but a deft aside or throwaway motif always gets us out of the compacter.

    So far, so certain point of view - however Sith carries a far graver responsibility than the prequels it quickly outclasses. Lucas himself admitted that fully 60 percent of his original outline was slated for this bridging episode, which means that all the unanswered questions that made the prequels permissible in the first place are addressed here. In other words, Sith is it: this is where the myths get set in stone, Lucas can muck around on Naboo all he likes, but if he screws up the birth of Vader, big black 'ain't ever going to be the same.

    And once Sith starts forging myth, fingers are burned. The shortcomings may be familiar by now but they rankle more than ever here. Just as it was becoming possible to tune out the constant clanking of Lucas' lumbering dialogue the words are invested with real import. And just as we were getting used to the declarative ‘30s-style line readings that Lucas alone finds an adequate substitute for acting, the drama is asked to support some really heavy **** Many of the key components of the Star Wars legend — Vader’s birth, Padme’s death — are ultimately undone by dialogue that is ludicrous either in intent or execution.

    Sometimes you simply think “Noooo!”

    Mercifully then, the Star Wars myth is so powerful, so pre-imagined by so many, that much of it requires no explanation bar our constant narrator: the peerless John Williams. The twin duels that bring the third act to a rousing close confirm Sith as not just the darkest but also the prettiest entry in the saga — the lava landscape of Mustafa, in particular, has obviously been bubbling in Lucas imagination for nearly thirty years. (A few shots also benefit from having best pal Steven Spielberg play around with the “pre-viz” animatic software.)

    In the end then, it depends on your point of view. As a sequel to the prequels, Sith is more than anyone can reasonably have hoped for, a movie that made it okay to be a Star Wars fan again.

    All sequels must pay for the sins of their fathers: where Return Of The Jedi runs out of plot half way through, Sith has so much ground to make up that Yoda is gamely plugging holes with his last line of scripted dialogue. But even if the last leg of the prequel journey is every bit as bumpy, the view improves considerably and the destination at last proves to be a place many of us still call home.
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  4. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie will be a classic in ten years. However, I didn't like jar jar binks at padme's funeral. But other than that, perfect movie made by George Lucas. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2015
    0
    I don't know why people like this third part any better than the other terrible two parts of the new trilogy. For me it is just exactly as awful. Totally unbelievable storyline with characters one could not care less about. CGI actually looks worse at some points than in the previous films. Don't waste your time with any of them, just watch the original trilogy.
  6. Apr 19, 2015
    3
    A **** ending to a **** trilogy. What more is there to say? The acting is back, the writing is terrible, the story doesn't make any sense, and it's just boring.
  7. Apr 19, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In perhaps the most blatant instance of a Star Wars character plugging a plot hole, at one point in Return Of The Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi brushes aside the lies he told Luke about Vader with this infamous equivocation, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." So then, from a certain point of view, Revenge Of The Sith, simultaneously the middle and last Star Wars movie, is the best sequel, and the most pleasing surprise, in the entire saga.

    In true Saturday morning serial fashion Sith begins with a chapter left-over from a previous adventure: the rescue of the Chancellor from General Grievous by Anakin, Obi-Wan and the saga's best sidekick: R2-D2. Fast, loose, inventive and within touching distance of funny, this is the spiritual sequel to the original escape from the Death Star, reloaded with full Jedi powers. Like a fragment from a lost civilization, this episode hints at countless Clone Wars escapades that sadly exist only in the extended universe — still, at least we have that bit where Jar Jar falls over the explosive marbles captured on film.

    The sequence ends with the saga’s single most audacious shot since the Star Destroyer first passed overhead — the front half of Grievous’ flagship The Invisible Hand screeching to a halt yards from camera — and it becomes clear that faced with the thankless task of directly dovetailing into a timeless classic everybody from Lucas down has raised their game considerably. ILM finally seem to have finished the digital toolkit they’ve been toying with since the late nineties fashioning flora and fauna that has real weight and substance for the first time. There are 2,200 effects shots in Sith — more than Menace and Clones combined — and there’s not a single specimen of bad compositing, which is more than can be said for 2006’s SFX Oscar winner King Kong.

    Also flawless is Gavin Bouquet’s production design - indeed, Sith's most unambiguous joy is watching Bouquet and Lucas retrofit their galaxy - often there seems to be no escape as the mismatched trilogies crunch together, but a deft aside or throwaway motif always gets us out of the compacter.

    So far, so certain point of view - however Sith carries a far graver responsibility than the prequels it quickly outclasses. Lucas himself admitted that fully 60 percent of his original outline was slated for this bridging episode, which means that all the unanswered questions that made the prequels permissible in the first place are addressed here.

    And once Sith starts forging myth, fingers are burned. The shortcomings may be familiar by now but they rankle more than ever here. Just as it was becoming possible to tune out the constant clanking of Lucas' lumbering dialogue the words are invested with real import. And just as we were getting used to the declarative ‘30s-style line readings that Lucas alone finds an adequate substitute for acting, the drama is asked to support some really heavy **** Many of the key components of the Star Wars legend — Vader’s birth, Padme’s death — are ultimately undone by dialogue that is ludicrous either in intent or execution.

    Sometimes you simply think “Noooo!”

    In the end then, it depends on your point of view. As a sequel to the prequels, Sith is more than anyone can reasonably have hoped for, a movie that made it okay to be a Star Wars fan again. However, a few fans will always cling to a different truth, to an alternative universe where at least one prequel was the equal of the original trilogy. And for those people, Revenge Of The Sith, the last chance to get it right, will always rate as the biggest disappointment of all.

    From a certain point of view.

    All sequels must pay for the sins of their fathers: where Return Of The Jedi runs out of plot half way through, Sith has so much ground to make up that Yoda is gamely plugging holes with his last line of scripted dialogue. But even if the last leg of the prequel journey is every bit as bumpy, the view improves considerably and the destination at last proves to be a place many of us still call home.
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  8. Mar 16, 2015
    7
    Though there are still blunders with the script and the pacing, I can't complain because Revenge of The Sith definitely got the general outline of Anakin Skywalker's downfall just right, and set the tone for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the series that gave the prequel story the justice that it so desperately needed. The first thirty minutes or so are similar in structure to the last twoThough there are still blunders with the script and the pacing, I can't complain because Revenge of The Sith definitely got the general outline of Anakin Skywalker's downfall just right, and set the tone for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the series that gave the prequel story the justice that it so desperately needed. The first thirty minutes or so are similar in structure to the last two movies, but then things get good. REALLY good. The Palpatine/Skywalker story was nailed, and the ending duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is among some the best fight scenes in cinema history. Overall, the film falters in similar aspects to its predecessors, but makes up for it with a strong final half full of intense scenes with one of the strongest characters, Palpatine, and the Mustafar battle. 7/10. Expand
  9. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    A surprisingly dark and emotional end to the prequel trilogy. To watch the characters and their situation degrade into despair is both horrifying and fascinating. The film does an excellent job in tying the entire saga together. It is a heart-breaking soap opera as much as it is a heart-pounding descent into chaos. In this sense it is a memorable, haunting, and brilliant film.
  10. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    By far the worst Star Wars film. The dialogue is simply god awful and the acting is even worst. It's simply hilariously bad and very tough to watch. Simply can not stand it.
  11. Jan 26, 2015
    10
    [Portuguese] É o melhor filme de Star Wars , na minha opinião, pois mostra a "aparição" de Darth Vader, e mostra bastante sobre o lado Sith da série.
  12. Jan 12, 2015
    7
    This movie is not at all like its antecessor. It’s much better by far. The dispute between the Jedi and the Sith is finally ended, and Anakin finally does what we all were expecting him to do.
    The film itself is pretty awesome. Yet again, in some parts, the acting seems a little forced, and the score, not being brilliant, does what it has to do very well. The special effects were good for
    This movie is not at all like its antecessor. It’s much better by far. The dispute between the Jedi and the Sith is finally ended, and Anakin finally does what we all were expecting him to do.
    The film itself is pretty awesome. Yet again, in some parts, the acting seems a little forced, and the score, not being brilliant, does what it has to do very well. The special effects were good for the time it was released, and the action sequences are great and well done (the lightsaber parts weren’t perfect, but they are still cool to watch). The plot, like in any other Star Wars film, has a lot of imagination behind it, it’s absolutely original and great, but when it’s taken to the big screen you can’t avoid seeing a couple of things that simply aren’t right (still awesome, though).
    It’s a must-see, surely.
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  13. Jan 2, 2015
    7
    YES. This is the only film of the prequels to get it right: fully right. It's far darker and has many great scenes. Anakin still whines a bit in this film but it's far more bearable in this film. This film starts of excellently and remains great all the way through, showing off Lucas' best visuals of the franchise. Also, this film has the best Jedi fight of the franchise at the end. IT ISYES. This is the only film of the prequels to get it right: fully right. It's far darker and has many great scenes. Anakin still whines a bit in this film but it's far more bearable in this film. This film starts of excellently and remains great all the way through, showing off Lucas' best visuals of the franchise. Also, this film has the best Jedi fight of the franchise at the end. IT IS AMAZING. It's also pretty brutal for a 12 rated film too, but helps set up for the darkness off the original trilogy. Performances overall are great, other than Hayden Christensens okay performance, but he has improved a lot since episode 2. Great film really. Expand
  14. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    The best and final chapter of the prequel trilogy. A sequel that is darker than Return of the Jedi. The acting is good, action is great, the cg, the story, and the direction.
  15. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    Easily the best of the Star Wars prequels. It has improved acting, improved script, special effects, and pacing. The lightsaber fights and battle sequences are what make this movie awesome as well.
  16. Dec 13, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I don't know what happened but George Lucas really went back to making incredible movies. Star Wars: Episode III is easily the best prequel and the fourth best movie in the entire saga. While this movie had some bad acting from Hayden Christensen (But he wasn't terrible) and some of the worst love scenes I have ever seen with Anakin and Padme it was still really good.

    Star Wars: Episode III mainly focuses on two Jedis named Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is Obi-Wan's apprentice as Obi-Wan has taught him ever since he was a teenager and has been with him most of his life, excluding his first 10 years. A man named Emperor Palpatine converts Anakin into a Sith as he says it will save Padme (His pregnant girlfriend) from dying after childbirth due to Anakin's powers. After converting Anakin, he executes an order called Order 66 where all the Clone Troopers betray the Jedi and murder them without hesitation. After being converted to the dark side, Anakin kills many Jedis and fights with his master at the end. After having his legs and arms chopped off at the end of his duel with Obi-Wan and getting burnt in lava, he has to wear a special made suit which finishes his conversion into becoming Darth Vader.

    Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) does an amazing job at acting. He is easily the best actor, he somehow managed to read some bad lines and make them not seem terrible. Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) on the other hand, was pretty bad. He wasn't terrible but his lack of emotion destroyed the amazing character of Anakin Skywalker although he can be whiny and annoying at certain times.

    The story of this film is easily the darkest that was made in the entire prequel with Return of The Jedi being second. The reason that this movie was incredibly dark is Anakin's transformation into the dark side as it's story is tragic and the scenes are intense such as Order 66, the final duel with Obi-Wan, murdering the younglings (What the hell?) and putting on the Vader suit.

    The lightsaber fights in this movie were truly amazing. While the original trilogies had emotional lightsaber fights, the prequels had great looking ones but they lacked emotion. Star Wars: Episode III had both, it had plenty of emotion with the biggest example being the final duel with Obi-Wan and looked incredible with amazing choreography.

    The CGI in this movie was over-used but better than all the other prequels. It looked realistic although it was still over used in many places. I can understand Mustafar being completely CGI though, as it would be impossible to have a lava-filled landscape using practical effects.

    Overall, Star Wars: Episode III is the best prequel film, and the 4th best in the saga. You should watch it if you are a fan of Star Wars but if you are not, you might not completely enjoy it. If you are watching this with the family, some kids might find some scenes too intense and graphic such as the final duel with Obi-Wan, the younglings slaughter and the immolation of Anakin Skywalker.
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  17. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    The new trilogy is over! I really liked it and I also think it's superior to the original one, although most people disagree. Episode III was epic and showed us Anakin's fall to the dark side perfectcly with excelent action scenes and special efects. I know that the dialogue scenes are quite boring, but is very better than the ones in Episodes I and II. The characters are good and theThe new trilogy is over! I really liked it and I also think it's superior to the original one, although most people disagree. Episode III was epic and showed us Anakin's fall to the dark side perfectcly with excelent action scenes and special efects. I know that the dialogue scenes are quite boring, but is very better than the ones in Episodes I and II. The characters are good and the vilains are perfect (Lord Sidious is cruel and intelligent as a true Lord Sith must be and the rise of Darth Vader and the Jedi massacre is one of the best moments I ever saw in movie history). The lightsaber battles are intense, especially the final battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. The final dialogue between Anakin and his old master is incredible, and Ewan MacGreggor does an excelent work showing Obi-Wan's pain when he cuts Darth Vader's legs and arm.
    So, it's an excelent movie and must see for Star Wars fans
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  18. Nov 18, 2014
    7
    A powerful epic of the Star Wars saga, standing out as the fiercest and most daring film of them all. The major flaw of not only this picture but the ones leading up to it is all of the collateral has been saved and jammed into Revenge Of The Sith, making it feel like the emphasis is ocassionally not where it needs to be. The pointless characters of the prequel trilogy truly stand in theA powerful epic of the Star Wars saga, standing out as the fiercest and most daring film of them all. The major flaw of not only this picture but the ones leading up to it is all of the collateral has been saved and jammed into Revenge Of The Sith, making it feel like the emphasis is ocassionally not where it needs to be. The pointless characters of the prequel trilogy truly stand in the way, and they are the wookies, General Grevious, Count Dooku and Qui-Gon. Expand
  19. Oct 18, 2014
    9
    The final entry in the prequel trilogy chronicles that downfall of the Republic as the Clone Wars rage on and Anakin Skywalker makes the transition to the dark side of the force.
  20. Sep 12, 2014
    6
    The final part of the prequel trilogy, and definitely the hardest to watch as well. There is more violence, and altogether the film is rather dark and filled with despair, cruelty and hopelessness.

    Anakin Skywalker takes strides instead of steps towards the dark side of the Force. It is almost ridiculous how easily he can be pushed along. There is a lot of scheming going on, a couple of
    The final part of the prequel trilogy, and definitely the hardest to watch as well. There is more violence, and altogether the film is rather dark and filled with despair, cruelty and hopelessness.

    Anakin Skywalker takes strides instead of steps towards the dark side of the Force. It is almost ridiculous how easily he can be pushed along. There is a lot of scheming going on, a couple of new characters, but the plot is a bit more forward than before. The story is still a bit jumpy, and there is nothing special to the lines delivered. Only few attempts at humor are actually amusing.

    Visually a good movie, and the soundtrack has many good spots in it.

    Not a bad film, and definitely a good encouragement to start watching the final three parts.
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  21. Aug 28, 2014
    8
    The Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant conclusion to an epic saga. Not only are we offered answers we've been longing since the dawn of Star Wars, but we are extensively entertained on all fronts. Yes, the visuals continue their spectacular prowess, but it's the story the gets us. It'll stick with us forever.
  22. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is a huge improvement in comparison to the previous movie, because the amount of action and science fiction is so much higher, and the movie never felt boring. The best things with this movie is the great music, the fabulous opening scene and ending, the spectacular amount of action and of course the connection between the original and theStar Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is a huge improvement in comparison to the previous movie, because the amount of action and science fiction is so much higher, and the movie never felt boring. The best things with this movie is the great music, the fabulous opening scene and ending, the spectacular amount of action and of course the connection between the original and the prequel trilogy. There might be some scenes that I find slow and a bit boring and the CGI is a bit vague at some spots, but it's still a great movie from Lucas.

    This is one of the greatest movies from George Lucas, because he successfully combined the original with the prequel trilogy.

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith get a 8.5/10
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  23. Aug 16, 2014
    0
    Absolute trash and a disgrace to the fans who made Lucas popular. Poor acting, poor story telling, entirely CGI and some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard in a movie.
  24. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    My favourite of the trilogy behind Phantom Menace, full of action and a good story. Unlike Episode 2 which i dont rate that highly, it is full of action and keeps you entertained every minute of the way
  25. Jul 30, 2014
    4
    As the conclusion to the "Star Wars" saga, the finale of the film is known from the beginning of the prequel trilogy. It is usually enjoyable to know what happened and try to figure out how it happened, but Lucas' poor inspiration made even this dull. This third film is much better than its two prequel predecessors. CGI is at last rewarding, there are great fight and battle sequences, andAs the conclusion to the "Star Wars" saga, the finale of the film is known from the beginning of the prequel trilogy. It is usually enjoyable to know what happened and try to figure out how it happened, but Lucas' poor inspiration made even this dull. This third film is much better than its two prequel predecessors. CGI is at last rewarding, there are great fight and battle sequences, and the plot is somehow more thrilling, even with its holes and trashy dialogue. "Revenge of the Sith" comes nowhere near close to the promise its plot initially shows, but does not generally tire as much as "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones" did. Expand
  26. Jul 22, 2014
    8
    Thankfully Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the saving grace for the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise - offering more depth, better action, and an improved script on its far inferior predecessors.
  27. May 3, 2014
    8
    FINALLY a worthy addition to the Star Wars saga. This movie brings the mediocre prequel trilogy out on a high note. If you wanna watch the saga from start to finish...do yourself a favor....start here
  28. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    Revenge of the Sith is a great conclusion to the series, but also works as an independent movie. Lucas is a genius here, and it shows. A thing of admiration it is.
  29. Mar 14, 2014
    3
    Oh my god, 3 was sooooooo bad. It was so boring, I could not bring myself to watch all of it. It isn't even bad enough for it's **** to be funny, its just bad and boring.
  30. Mar 1, 2014
    8
    Entertainment Monthly-85% 8.6This sixth and final installment of George Lucas' epic space opera will please die-hard fanatics and non-believers alike -- largely due to awesome digital effects and the sheer power of the mythology.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. 88
    Only now can we truly step back and admire the full tapestry that it has taken George Lucas and his ILM wizards nearly three decades to weave.
  2. The final episode of George Lucas' cinematic epic "Star Wars" ends the six-movie series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, "Rewind!" Yes, rewind through more than 13 hours of bravery, treachery, new worlds, odd creatures and human frailty.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Emerges as the best in the overall series since "The Empire Strikes Back."