Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: May 21, 1980 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Universal acclaim based on 25 Critics
Positive:
19
Mixed:
6
Negative:
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100
Los Angeles TimesCharles Champlin
It is expansive but more tightly time-framed in terms of plot. I wish it were a handful of minutes shorter, but this is my single caveat about another richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas. [18 May 1980]
100
It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
100
Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
100
A technological triumph. [19 May 1980]
90
Irvin Kershner, who directed this one, is a master of visual flow, and, joining his own kinks and obsessions to Lucas's, he gave Empire a splendiferousness that may even have transcended what Lucas had in mind...The characters in this fairy-tale cliff-hanger show more depth of feeling than they had in the first film, and the music - John Williams' variations on the Star Wars theme - seems to saturate and enrich the intensely clear images. Scenes linger in the mind.