Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005

Critics score:
79 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: To say that Revenge of the Sith is a vast improvement is not extravagant praise -- but neither is it any kind of putdown. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Revenge of the Sith overcomes its dime-store dialogue and less than convincing performances through the sheer force of its director's vision. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: The scariest, most exciting, most visually prodigious of the sextet, with action sequences that explode off the screen, characters who finally awaken your sentiments. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Revenge of the Sith is the most energetic of the prequels, the only one at all worth watching. But that doesn't mean it is without the weaknesses that scuttled its pair of predecessors. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: It's better than Episode I and not quite as good as Episode II. What it isn't is a lot of fun. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Lucas still can't write. His dialogue crashes and burns like an X-wing zapped out of the sky by a star destroyer. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: All those Star Wars geeks, who've been waiting for weeks outside movie theaters with their Yoda sleeping bags and their homemade lightsabers, finally have a film that's worthy of their perseverance. Read more

Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture: Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: ... the visually stunning Sith is also the fastest-paced and most accessible. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: I think it's the best one since The Empire Strikes Back. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Same logo. Same starry-night spacescape. Same music. Same crawl. Same everything. Only different. And so much better. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: McGregor, Portman, and Christensen have all been brilliant elsewhere but the bonds between their characters are all in the dialogue, never between the lines. (And the less said about the lines themselves, the better.) Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: It took 22 years, but the Jedi has finally returned. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: It's good. I mean really good. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Lucas has woven into the action and effects a relatively thoughtful story about a young man meant for greatness but corrupted by his own fear and confusion, a story more Shakespearean than Arthurian. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: [A] dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: Revenge of the Sith is more of the same: wildly flamboyant effects serving weak characters, bad acting and obtuse plotting. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Just when you thought it was safe to ridicule everything Star Wars, Lucas returns from his flirtation with the Dark Side by crafting a terrific caper to his monumental series. Read more

Craig Outhier, Orange County Register: Say what you want about Lucas' one-take directing style, his over-reliance on blue screens or his cheesy tendency to reference himself, but his imagination is as fertile as ever. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: George Lucas makes it easy to experience Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith as a rush of deliverance -- even if the movie itself doesn't fully deliver. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: More than a first-rate wrap-up job, it stands on its own as a dazzling piece of showmanship. Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: 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!' Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: The lurid attraction of Revenge of the Sith stems from its utter predictability, from our knowledge that this is the payoff for which five earlier films over 28 years were but one elaborate Greek chorus. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Even with its pulpy excesses showing, Revenge of the Sith has a grandiose melancholy that will especially haunt those who have grown up revering the Skywalker chronicles. The rest of the audience may well be on its own. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: Lucas manages to turn the audience's familiarity to his advantage: like a jigsaw puzzle whose final form has always been known, the fun is in discovering how the last pieces fit. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: So much here is guaranteed to cause either offense or pain. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: For many, the Sith finale will redeem all three prequels. Others will wonder why Lucas wasted so many dollars, years and pixels on a story that could have been told in one film, or better yet, not at all. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: ...the dialogue is astonishingly feeble, the acting unforgivably wooden. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: This is by far the best film in the more recent trilogy, and also the best of the four episodes Mr. Lucas has directed. That's right: it's better than Star Wars. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Not far into the first third of the movie, I didn't think I was going to make it all the way through the percussive nonstop action. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A rousing and tragic sendoff to a beloved franchise, and the best installment in the Star Wars series since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: George Lucas has achieved what few artists do; he has created and populated a world of his own. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Drink the Kool-Aid. Wear blinders. Cover your ears. Because that's the only way you can totally enjoy Revenge of the Sith. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Revenge of the Sith might be tolerable if it weren't designed to be taken seriously. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: George Lucas had lost his way for many years, gone to filmmaking's dark side. But now he's mustered up completely unexpected reserve for a last-minute redemption. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Watching Revenge of the Sith, it's hard not to wonder if Lucas even knows how good a movie he almost made. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: What a shock when George Lucas finds his footing and the saga once again takes hold. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It provides fun and closure, wrapping up the saga's many narrative strings in an entertaining finale. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Although the stiff theatrics are part of the design, they're no longer excusable. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Man: 'You're so beautiful.' Woman: 'It's only because I'm so in love.' Man: 'No, it's because I'm so in love with you.' Me: 'Man oh man.' Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: For fans it will be nirvana, and for everyone else a welcome relief. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: A grave and vigorous popular entertainment, a picture that regains and sustains the filmic Force [Lucas] dreamed up a long time ago, in a movie industry that seems far, far away. Read more

Peter Watts, Time Out: A film that never wields the dramatic impact its plot should demand, and never realises the emotional potential at its dark heart. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: It's the darkest of the six-film opus, but it just may be the best of the lot. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Whatever one thought of the previous two installments, this dynamic picture irons out most of the problems, and emerges as the best in the overall series since The Empire Strikes Back. Read more

Ed Halter, Village Voice: Anakin's defection from Jediism to Sithdom should provide the film's backbone, but neither the script nor Christensen delivers the needed nuance. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant consummation to a promise made a long time ago, far, far away, in a galaxy called 1977. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: .. even though Revenge is a better experience than Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones, it doesn't add anything that satisfying or compelling to the big picture. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Episode III mainly is what it is -- the climax of a sometimes grand adventure that's more than the sum of its parts, yet much less than it might have been. Read more