"The root of the problem with The Empire Strikes Back is its complexity."
-- Richard A. Blake, AMERICA
"The best sequel since Godfather II."
-- Gerald E. Forshey, THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY
"There's no plot."
-- Colin L. Westerbeck, Jr., COMMONWEAL
-- Richard Combs, MONTHLY FILM BULLETIN
"Lucas has been so preoccupied with the construction of mechanical amazements that he has perhaps forgotten there is more in Homer than epic battles, one-eyed giants, the song of the sirens and the whims of the gods."
-- Robert Hatch, THE NATION
"Luca's joke was first-rate!"
-- David Denby, NEW YORK
"I felt stretched and terrifically entertained-and convinced!"
--THE NEW YORKER
"The Empire Strikes Back is a technological triumph, a cornucopia of intergalactic tchotchkes."
-- David Ansen, NEWSWEEK
May 21, 1980
"Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity."
-- David Sterritt, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
"Empire is an excellent addition to the science fiction genre."
-- Tom Rogers, FILMS IN REVIEW
"Richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas."
-- Charles Champlin, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"No amount of lightness, however, can lift this movie out of the swamps of Dagobah."
-- Robert Asahina, NEW LEADER
"Far less entertaining than the first!"
-- John Coleman, NEW STATESMAN
"Irvin Kershner, has approached his task with an inter-galactic enthusiasm matching that of Lucas himself."
-- Archer Winsten, NEW YORK POST
"Empire is simply a minor entertainment."
-- Tom Allen, VILLAGE VOICE
"I found myself glancing at my watch almost as often as I did when I was sitting through a truly terrible movie called The Island."
-- Vince Canby, NEW YORK TIMES
"Lucas seems to be at the top of his form!"
-- Richard Grenier, COMMENTARY
"Diverting piece of nonsense."
-- John Simon, NATIONAL REVIEW
"We won't be bored."
-- Janet Maslin, NEW YORK TIMES
"A dramatic illustration of the continued technical brilliance and leadership of the Lucas production team."
-- Gary Arnold, WASHINGTON POST
"It's impossible to imagine a person leaving the theatre feeling like he didn't get his money's worth."
-- Jimmy Summers, BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE