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Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Is Sith All There Is?"
4 stars

If there are any remaining doubts about the immense social and cultural impact that George Lucas has made over the past quarter-century with his “Star Wars” saga, consider this: even though the last two installments, 1999's “The Phantom Menace” and 2002's “Attack of the Clones,” were widely considered even by fans of the series to be enormous disappointments in which lavish special effects couldn’t quite compensate for draggy, increasingly kiddie-oriented narratives, literally unspeakable dialogue and lousy performances from normally reliable actors, those same people still have enough faith in Lucas and his original vision that they are not only still eagerly looking forward to “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,” they are convinced that he will not only pull the series out of the bag with this final installment, he will create something so powerful that it will somehow make those earlier films seem more worthy as a result. When I run into such a fan and they ask “How is it?” they aren’t just looking for a recommendation for a movie to see over the weekend–they are looking for something else, a sort of validation that says that their years of devotion and anticipation have, against all odds, been paid off in full. At a time when leaders and idols are built up and torn down with ever-increasing speed, such loyalty is kind of touching, if perhaps a bit misguided and absurd to those who aren’t a part of it.

That said, “Revenge of the Sith” is a film that is sure to both inspire and frustrate those true believers in equal measure. On the one hand, it is easily the best of the prequels (which, I admit, isn’t saying much), it contains any number of visual astonishments and climaxes with the scene that the last couple of films have been building towards–the moment when the once-idealistic Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker finally fully embraces the dark side of the Force and transforms into the malevolent Darth Vader. On the other hand, the same flaws that have crippled the last few installments are still on display here and the film, as a whole, somehow lacks the majesty and impact that one might have expected from the concluding chapter of an epic tale such as this. On the grand scale of the “Star Wars” series, it is about on par with “Return of the Jedi,” the concluding film of the previous trilogy. The difference, however, is that “Jedi,” having come on the heels of two authentic masterpieces, came off as sort of a disappointment. “Sith,” on the other hand, comes follows up two genuinely bad movies and seems like a definite improvement even though it pales in comparison to the likes of “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” For a series that started out in a way that revolutionized the world of cinema (for better and worse), to conclude with a film that is merely pretty good is inevitably a bit of a disappointment.

Recounting the plot of the film would seem to be an exercise in futility–those who have been following the series since its inception already know the broad parameters, if not the specific details, of everything that transpires in the film while those who have somehow avoided all of the previous films will be so far behind that I doubt that such people would have even read this review up to this point. With the possible exceptions of “The Return of the King” and “The Passion of the Christ,” I cannot think of another blockbuster in recent memory where nearly every audience will enter the theater knowing pretty much exactly what will happen. For those people, they are not attending the film to see how the story turns out, they are attending to see how it has been transferred to film and to compare it with the vision that they have of how it should look and sound. (The following description is based on the assumption that you have seen the previous films and know what I am talking about–to try to explain the details for newcomers at this point would take far more time and energy than I suspect that any of us are willing to invest.)

Kicking off after the conclusion of the legendary Clone Wars that started at the conclusion of “Attack of the Clones” (and which were depicted in the Cartoon Network miniseries “Clone Wars”), the film opens with ambitious Jedi Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and mentor Ob-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) flying into the center of a ginormous interstellar battle while rescuing the seemingly benign Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from the clutches of General Grievous (a CGI creature voiced by Matthew Wood) and his right-hand man, the equally nefarious Count Dooku (Christopher Lee, in a brief but welcome appearance). Meanwhile, Anakin’s secret bride, Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) announces that she is pregnant with twins, a bit of news that could jeopardize both the relationship and their lives if it became known.

Anakin’s flaw, as we discovered in the previous film when he savagely slaughtered all those even vaguely responsible for the death of his beloved mother, is that he will go to any lengths to protect the lives of those he loves and when he begins to have fearful vision of Padme dying, Palpatine begins to show his true colors by offering Anakin the power to cheat death if he will turn his considerable powers to the dark side. This sets off a chain of events that leads to the Chancellor transforming into the leader of the new Galactic Empire, the eradication of nearly every single member of the Jedi order and Amidala realizing that the love of her life has fully embraced the evil that he once swore to defeat. It all leads to the inevitable moment in which former colleagues Anakin and Obi-Wan go lightsaber-to-lightsaber in a pitched battle on a planet that appears to be nothing but one giant erupting volcano with the fate of the galaxy in the balance.

After the fairly juvenile proceedings of the last two films (actually it goes back to “Return of the Jedi” with its ever-annoying Ewoks), “Revenge of the Sith” shows Lucas frankly going for the darker tone that was established in “The Empire Strikes Back,” the film generally regarded by fans to be the best of the series. Of course, the darkness of a “Star Wars” film is light-years away from the darkness to be had in the works of a David Lynch (who, curiously, was actually asked to direct “Return of the Jedi” at one point) or a David Fincher–the film is still, at its core, a big fairy tale in which good and evil, for the most part, are fairly well-defined. The problem here is that the darkness that Lucas has been striving for here is contained only in the surface details and not in the heart of the story. To be fair, part of this is the result of the fluky structure of the series in which the second series of films have essentially been nothing more than backstory to fill in the details of the original series. When Vader revealed to Luke Skywalker that he is Luke’s father, that scene had an enormous impact on those watching it back in the day because of the way that it suggested the darkness that can reside deep within even the most gee-whiz of heroes. Here, we see Anakin flip, betray his friends and even turn upon Amidala, the woman who he presumably did all of it for in the first place, but it seems so preordained that it surprisingly doesn’t make that much of an impact.

The other central flaw to “Revenge of the Sith” (indeed, of the entire second trilogy) is that while Lucas, aided by his army of technicians, can create vast and detailed worlds populated by intriguing creatures, he seems completely stumped when it comes to putting two or three actors in a room and having them do nothing more that speak and interact with each other. Once upon a time, during the filming of “Star Wars,” Harrison Ford made the now-legendary comment regarding the techno-babble of the dialogue, “You can write this shit, George, but you can’t say it.” The years have not been kind and Lucas’s scripting skills have devolved to the point where it doesn’t even sound as if he can write that shit anymore–it sounds more like he took his screenplay and threw it into several succeeding Internet language translators until it coughed up the clunky dialogue that never sounds like the words that any sentient being would have willingly put together to express feelings and emotions. The lines are so stilted that all of the characters sound as if they are speaking in the exact kind of flavorless language that would ordinarily be found in the deal memos written to hammer out all the product tie-ins. (We are actually told that one dying character has nothing physically wrong with them–they have “simply lost the will to live.”)

The end result of this is the sad and strange sight of a group of actors standing around in strange costumes trying to utter dialogue that is literally unspeakable. In the original “Star Wars,” this flaw wasn’t as apparent because the actors, aside from Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing, were relatively inexperienced and were able to instill the lines with enough enthusiasm to sell them. By comparison, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman are among the most interesting actors working today–and even the usually derided Christensen demonstrated some sly chops in the excellent “Shattered Glass”–and yet they are unable to make the dialogue sound like anything other than gibberish. The biggest victim once again is Portman, normally one of the most reliably engaging actresses around but even she can’t make her character anything other than a one-note cipher who merely stands around in the shadows while looking vaguely pained by her inability to do anything other than model a series of increasingly cruel hairstyles. The only actor who survives the dialogue is the great Christopher Lee, who has made more than his share of badly-written movies and has enough panache to make even the weakest lines sound eminently plausible–too bad he disappears before he can make any impact. (This is a continuation of one of Lucas’s more perplexing tendencies: he will introduce a villain of enormous promise–Boba Fett, Darth Maul and this film’s General Grievous–and then treats them almost as afterthoughts by quickly abandoning them.)

And yet, despite these flaws, which would fatally cripple most ordinary films, I still found myself reasonably entertained by “Revenge of the Sith.” Because Lucas has so many essential plot points to hit, loose ends to tie up and continuity gaffes between the first and second trilogy to spackle over (including an always-reliable “memory wipe”), it moves with an energy that has been lacking in recent entries and doesn’t go off on unneeded tangents with unpopular characters–the ever-loathed Jar-Jar Binks is reduced here to a brief, silent appearance at the finale. (Actually, he may have cut too much as it seems as if many scenes were shot and abandoned on the cutting-room floor at the last minute–Keisha Castle-Hughes, the wonderful star of “Whale Rider,” gets tenth billing as the Queen of Naboo, yet her blink-and-miss-it appearance in the final cut would barely qualify as a cameo.) The digital worlds that have been conceived here are the most convincing of the current trilogy and the battle scenes are fairly spectacular. While the earlier films have been plagued with multiple climaxes that have been too convoluted to have much impact, the finale here is clean and streamlined for maximum effect. Best of all, Lucas throws in nice moments for the most beloved characters–Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO and even Chewbacca–that will have fans cheering and the ending, which treats us to the first words of Darth Vader as well as glimpses of two of the locations that are central to “Star Wars,” is satisfying enough to make you want to rush home and immediately put on that original films (especially if you were smart enough to purchase the laserdisc of the original, non-Greedo-firing-first version).

It is telling, though, that those moments–arguably the most crowd-pleasing of the film–are those that specifically reference the original trilogy and don’t reflect at all on the films that Lucas has subsequently made. By serving as the bridge between the two trilogies, “Revenge of the Sith” ties them together as effectively as anyone could hope and for that alone, fans of the films should come away more than satisfied. The downside is that by doing so, it once again reminds us of how fresh and unique those initial films were and how the subsequent installments have paled in comparison to such a degree that they now seem virtually indistinguishable from the FX-heavy films that now clog the multiplexes on a weekly basis. Back in 1977, when I was coming home from seeing the original at the Crystal Lake Showplace for the first time, if you had told me that I would still be able to watch new “Star Wars” films twenty-eight years later, I would have been the happiest six-year-old on the planet. Walking out of “Revenge of the Sith,” on the other hand, all I felt was some relief that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and a brief twinge of regret for a once-fun thing that I will probably never get to experience again.

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originally posted: 05/18/05 14:37:12
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4/20/20 Piz The best of the trio to start the series. Has holes but good entertainment 4 stars
2/19/15 hhshjjsjj star wars: revenge of the SHIT 1 stars
1/08/15 vendoza worst movie of all time! 1 stars
1/13/13 austin love it 5 stars
9/11/12 austin great 5 stars
8/15/12 Michael Good film but very dark and emotional for me 4 stars
5/28/11 Shaun A This is more like it. The emotional intensity that should've been in all the prequels. 4 stars
5/25/11 Glenn Hardy This movie is definately one of my favorite. it was so GOOD! 5 stars
5/30/10 gc Without a doubt, the best of the prequels, in fact, why did they even make the first 2? 4 stars
3/25/10 JW Slightly more entertaining than a fish tank 2 stars
3/03/10 zaine KOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/28/09 Dane Youssef Lucas gets it right. A Shakespherian story of epic proportions. MUST-SEE 5 stars
7/17/09 MP Bartley Pretty, but simply fails to engage on any emotional or intellectual level. 3 stars
4/23/09 GordonD SW Rocks. The 6 Films are > LOTR (books or movies) 5 stars
3/16/09 Liz sux?? yeah =] 1 stars
10/06/08 Shaun Wallner One of my favorite all time films. 5 stars
7/14/08 Karen great movie 4 stars
7/05/08 dan halberg Be warned, Hayden tries his best to ruin it 4 stars
4/24/08 frieda moudy a Lucas film - a must see! 5 stars
12/14/07 Jason Great movie, pacy and full of action. Piss weak protagonist. 4 stars
10/20/07 fools♫gold keeps everything fresh 5 stars
8/13/07 bob revenge of the shit 1 stars
6/08/07 Danielle Ophelia Solid ending, but I don't know...maybe I'm just not as enamored as I used to be. 4 stars
5/28/07 LUCA ONE OF THE BEST EVER 5 stars
5/02/07 henry the force sucks! 1 stars
4/17/07 David Pollastrini best of the prequels 4 stars
4/17/07 Stevo UK Lucas, stop with the kids stuff. watch Starship troopers. now THATS a movie. 1 stars
3/24/07 swfan must hype it up so t dont look that bad..oh wait it is 2 stars
3/16/07 Darth Binks Liked it at the flicks, hated it on 2nd viewing 2 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega The force is finally within you when you've watched this. 5 stars
2/03/07 bob LOL amazing acting,how deluded u starwars fans are!!! 2 stars
1/27/07 mets1986 Fabtastic............... 5 stars
1/25/07 jared barton the best of the "star wars" saga. Amazing acting and special effects 5 stars
1/19/07 droidshit!! should crawl back to the shallow-end of the film makeing genepool 1 stars
1/08/07 starwars was once good about 20-30 years ago..... since then its just been hanging around like a bad stink!! 2 stars
12/03/06 DasuberDing Friggin' Awesome and I am not a nerd! 5 stars
11/25/06 Kristen VERY GOOD 5 stars
11/24/06 chris f ignore the freaks who rate it bad best star wars movie since esb 5 stars
11/12/06 cody a great ending to the prequel movies, great action and just edge of seat excitement. 4 stars
11/09/06 Austin Wertman THE BEST OF THE ENTIRE SAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/01/06 3man THE movie of 2005. 5 stars
10/27/06 Richard It had more substance and solidity than the other prequels. 4 stars
10/23/06 basher george lucas is a shit director and starwars smells of it 1 stars
10/02/06 Basher lotr is a miles better trilogy 2 stars
10/02/06 Jeremy Davies Fantastic!! easily as good as the original Star Wars episodes. More action the the first 5 5 stars
9/04/06 The Maz only nerds love it 1 stars
8/16/06 anthonyuk good special effects but still garbage, g lucas shame on you 2 stars
7/25/06 Quigley A very good, entertaining movie. The CG was great; the Grievous duel kicked serious butt 5 stars
7/13/06 David Cohen Unlike episodes I and II, this one deserves the name of "Star Wars" 4 stars
7/07/06 Dan Yes. Good. 5 stars
6/21/06 drydock54321 loved the movie. That yoda can fight! Hate their silly character names though 5 stars
5/01/06 Jack The First two blew mucus. This one rocks!!! 5 stars
3/30/06 adrienne this movie is soo cool, i see it again and again 5 stars
3/14/06 rupert good special effects,shame it still sux bigtime,g.lucas=faggot 1 stars
3/14/06 Eileen Good if only to make up for the 1st two. Full of problems, not as satisfying on repeats 3 stars
2/25/06 Dan Awesome movies, you either like this movie, or hate Star Wars. Simple. 5 stars
2/02/06 van zwaar LOL lucas back for another ass poke 1 stars
1/23/06 Del The Fight with Count Dooku rocked! This story wrapped up the loose ends. 5 stars
1/09/06 hunt i like this movie, especially the scene were anakin and obi wan are fighting on mustafar 4 stars
1/08/06 Quigley horrid acting and dialogue, but the CG and the action redeem this film. yoda needs an oscar 5 stars
12/19/05 kr one of the most boring movies I have ever seen slept through the whole thing 2 stars
12/16/05 rupert the force is a crok of shit more like 1 stars
12/15/05 ........... the force is strong with this one 5 stars
11/30/05 van zwaar yoda pushes stool u mean 1 stars
11/26/05 Anus REVENGE OF THE SHIT. 1 stars
11/23/05 cr great end to the new star wars movies and it action packed to very end and yoda kicks butt! 4 stars
11/23/05 dobo fuks potter revenge of the poofs arrrggh!! 1 stars
11/22/05 Guy Lucas should never be allowed near a word processor/typewriter again. 1 stars
11/21/05 Kurtis J. Beard Best of the prequels. But that's not saying much. 3 stars
11/18/05 dobo fuks potter the ending was good tho:) 2 stars
11/14/05 Quigley awesome graphics on top of a lame plot with absolutely atrocious acting and script. 5 stars
11/13/05 jar jar mesa tink sttar wars sucks. except for the bits with mesa in it! 1 stars
11/12/05 cooler star wars sucks 1 stars
11/10/05 Mark Radburn This Retarded Movie should BURN IN HELL!!!! 1 stars
11/02/05 tatum Great effects hampered by "dialogue for the stupid" 4 stars
10/28/05 Jeremy Hooghy BEST MOVIE EVER MADE! ROTS ROCKS! 5 stars
10/27/05 chris best star wars movie of the newest 3 5 stars
10/18/05 Quigley the movie is a visual thrill ride, but the acting and script are horrendous. kudos to yoda 5 stars
10/09/05 Anus REVENGE OF THE SHIT! 1 stars
10/07/05 Klondo NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! 1 stars
10/02/05 Tim the Enchanter Finally a sequel worthy to even be mentioned with the original trilogy 5 stars
9/28/05 Phil Brilliant film! Let down by Ewan McGregor and Natile Portmans bad acting! 5 stars
9/20/05 indeed it is shit! 1 stars
9/17/05 tony SHIT!SHIT! STAR WARS SUCKS! GOD ALFUCKINGING MIGHTY! i want my money back! 1 stars
9/15/05 .... martin the fag 2 stars
9/15/05 Martin Whoa! naysayers! You obviously don't understand dramatic irony and nuance, brilliant movie. 5 stars
9/14/05 Jonathon Holmes best Star Wars movie since "The Empire Strikes Back" 5 stars
9/02/05 mcsmeger R2 stick ur c*ck in my A8s 1 stars
9/02/05 Prequels stink! Original Trilogy forever! 2 stars
9/02/05 Zack It finished the story i liked the action but the acting is horific 2 stars
9/01/05 dobi agreed 1 stars
8/31/05 dave it's Fuckin terrible 1 stars
8/27/05 Quigley this film rules visually, but the acting and script were horrendous. Good altogether. 5 stars
8/27/05 D Buckley Nooooooooooooooo!!!!! 1 stars
8/26/05 dobi or a stool pusher 1 stars
8/25/05 EZ Best Star Wars film without a doubt. 5 stars
8/24/05 dobi if ur a cock smoker 1 stars
8/23/05 Dude awesome, the best yet 5 stars
8/22/05 dobi SHIT! 1 stars
8/16/05 ES weak end, This movie is a too small band-aid for the severed artery of fan disappointment 3 stars
8/15/05 Klondo Darth Vader's mask was symettrical. ahhhh...Motif. 1 stars
8/11/05 Kelly eh it finally over!!dialouge/acting need work but the action is enjoyable 3 stars
8/05/05 van zwaar SFX=aload of blue screen bullshit/moneyshot/moneyshot after another moneyshot/lucasisafag 2 stars
8/01/05 Quigley the speical effects are truly stunning. yoda was the best actor. lucas finally got it right 5 stars
8/01/05 ALDO worst of the prequels. Jimmy Smits should have been the main character 1 stars
7/29/05 littlebill *FIRE THE EMERGENCY BOOSTERS*ummmm u muppets 1 stars
7/28/05 guy hedul a retard could star in this movie and it would still be just as fucking great 5 stars
7/27/05 SWphanny MUST TRY AND HYPE IT UP SO IT DOESNT LOOK THAT BAD..oh wait it is 1 stars
7/27/05 .... REVENGE OF THE SHIT 1 stars
7/27/05 william chandra what could i say,love it,its good,it's GOOD(with carrey style) 5 stars
7/26/05 Captain Craig A ¨B¨movie with ¨B¨actors glazed over with special effects. Ho-hum! 2 stars
7/24/05 Dan Simply awesome, helluva way to end off the fascinating series. 5 stars
7/24/05 Indrid Cold Not much better than Ep.1&2, but all 3 are better than most sci fi, you know it. 5 stars
7/22/05 Naruto I loved this gr8 movie. Even if Anakin turn bit too quickly anti-Jedi. Darth Vader rules! 5 stars
7/21/05 Quigley Incredible visual effects, but depended on style and people who can't act out a bad script 5 stars
7/20/05 William Vollmer a very good finish to the begining of the saga 5 stars
7/20/05 Sir Dude Come on, this was a pretty good movie, one of the best Star Wars easily. 4 stars
7/16/05 Brandy Harrington Once again, Lucas dumps out antoher shit-ass movie, and you nerds like it. 1 stars
7/14/05 Mike I've heard better dialogue and seen better acting at my nephews kindergarten graduation. 1 stars
7/13/05 Matthew Rudawsky This is the prequel fans have been waiting for ever since Episode I was announced. 5 stars
7/13/05 Ronald Newbold My Daughter loved it. I thought is was good but not great 4 stars
7/11/05 madison the best of all of them 5 stars
7/10/05 slanes It completes the saga and if you're a star wars fan, you have to see it. 4 stars
7/09/05 Bugz Anakin - Too cool to become the evil henchman 4 stars
7/09/05 Moctezuma It would have been perfect for me if those fucking geeks didn't cheer every 20 minutes 4 stars
7/08/05 mark bihm this is the best star wars film ever! 5 stars
7/05/05 zeitgeist Better than the previous two, not saying much. Lucas is an overrated hack 3 stars
7/05/05 jim not emotional at all 3 stars
7/03/05 Jay Norris Story sped along too quickly to be believable. Anakin fell far too quickly and easily. 4 stars
7/01/05 van zwaar blue screens,shit acting and digital wankery all over the shop 1 stars
6/30/05 Worthy Slacker A masterpiece and triumph in storytelling and filmaking. Among the greatest endings ever! 5 stars
6/30/05 Tom S. A flawed masterpiece with a second half as good as any of the best movies ever made 5 stars
6/30/05 Quigley a visual masterpiece, though has some gross acting and screenwriting. 5 stars
6/29/05 Star Wars Gurl #1 I have seen the movie four times and I loved it.Ialmost cried at the end 5 stars
6/29/05 Matthew Guertler I loved it. It was sad at the end of the movie 5 stars
6/28/05 Madison I think the movie is one of my favorites and why does the HOT guy( Anikan) have be evil? 5 stars
6/28/05 Obi Wan Very good film and Lucas closes the show on a good note. 5 stars
6/28/05 .... mindless fukin shit/only the ending was good 2 stars
6/27/05 R george, to quote "Crash," you embarrass me. you embarrass yourself. 1 stars
6/26/05 Tony Nogales George Lucas is heartless. 1 stars
6/26/05 Gecko Fanfoot Biggest letdown in film history... 1 stars
6/26/05 Lucero de la Torre The best of endings for the best of film sagas 5 stars
6/25/05 bobby Loved the action sequences and the special effects. 5 stars
6/25/05 The Dark Knight 1st Hour was as bad as Ep. 1 and 2... 2nd hour was incredible! 5 stars
6/24/05 Angelos Kakos The best one since "Empire"!!! 5 stars
6/23/05 Grafik Would make a wonderful *silent film*. 2 stars
6/22/05 Inflamed Testicles A huge improvement over the last two. 4 stars
6/21/05 van zwaar wat are u doin son?...im going for a sith*toilet flushes* 1 stars
6/21/05 indy absolutely fantastic! 5 stars
6/20/05 R i think vader said it best: "NOOOOOOOOOO!" 2 stars
6/19/05 .... REVENGE OF THE SMELLY SHIT 1 stars
6/18/05 Ry It seems like people are getting use to mediocre films. 3 stars
6/18/05 aldo better than ep 1&2 but still doesn't has the good old touch the classics had 4 stars
6/15/05 adrian ace definatley the best. was torn between empire, but this is definatley the best one now 5 stars
6/14/05 Maalstrom better, but still needs a dialouge writer 4 stars
6/14/05 Phil Brilliant fights and a great conclusion. Definitely a good film 4 stars
6/14/05 Quigley a very awesome CG creation, but had atrociuos acting and script 5 stars
6/13/05 E-FUNK Shit. But a step in the right direction after the first two abortions. 1 stars
6/12/05 cinkcool By far best of the three 5 stars
6/12/05 napoleon dynamite it was the coolest movie ever!!! 5 stars
6/12/05 andre may betst films of the prequels.i knew you still had it george 5 stars
6/12/05 Johnny Kay Generally very disappointing and crap. I don't know what is worse 'The Phantom Mencace', 'A 1 stars
6/11/05 Brent Awesome stuff soem stuff i wished different but still a A+ film anyways 5 stars
6/11/05 Gecko Fanfoot Another cardboard adventure in Lucas mindfuck 1 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli Smells like shit. 1 stars
6/11/05 Daveman The original triology is better, but this is, by far, the best of the prequals. 4 stars
6/10/05 Lucy Sexy jedis ( and Chewbacca too! ) 5 stars
6/10/05 K. Sear I fully expected to hate it and enjoyed it (almost) entirely. 4 stars
6/09/05 unknown what can i say?its bloody excellent! non stop action all the way. 5 stars
6/09/05 Paterfam001 If you don't care about the people, there's no drama, for all the CGI mastery in the world. 2 stars
6/09/05 Rock-Steady Once again lucas takes a shit on the script,and you nerds like it. 1 stars
6/08/05 senator blutarsky You people are a bunch of pomp-ass idiots. You have no heart if you can't enjoy this film. 5 stars
6/08/05 james floyd Overrated! 1 stars
6/08/05 elpintogrande REVENGE OF THE SHIT 1 stars
6/08/05 James P Amazing, awesome and fantastic. 5 stars
6/07/05 Agent Sands Good: FX, music, McGregor. Hilariously bad: Everything else. 3 stars
6/07/05 Drew Peltier I had to see it twice to appreciate it fully. 5 stars
6/07/05 Jake wasn't moved at all 2 stars
6/06/05 Ronin Unlike 2 others this one at last has a soul. I was so moved by Anakin's tragedy... 5 stars
6/06/05 Shenzi Moraltin R.O.T.S. is the coolest movie ever BAR NONE. 5 stars
6/06/05 Anthony G Piece of shit, good job writing another bullshit plot lucas. 1 stars
6/05/05 X The best thing about this movie is that Jar Jar doesn't talk 5 stars
6/05/05 Dan GREAT! 5 stars
6/04/05 Ubu the Ripper What a load of crap. Lucas is such a lousy director it's painful to watch. 1 stars
6/04/05 Charlene Javier If there's a next time, please allocate budget for screenplay. 3 stars
6/04/05 Denise Gannon inane dialogue, horrible delivery of said inanity by actors, Padmé? stop blubbering! 2 stars
6/04/05 dmm bloated, self indulgent... oh wait that's just GL's ego. 3 stars
6/04/05 Mike Jozic Better the second time 'round and low on exposition but a great ride overall. 4 stars
6/02/05 dylan heiferman great movie best in the whole series 5 stars
6/02/05 deadwiz lacking the starwars feel, but overall a decent flick. 4 stars
6/02/05 Quigley awesome! great CG achievement, but pretty sick acting from Padme and bad writing by lucas 5 stars
6/02/05 ZIM Too deadly solemn for a 'Star Wars' movie; acting and screenplay is atrocious 2 stars
6/02/05 Jenny Absolutely unbelievably fantastically brilliant!!!!!! A must-see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
6/02/05 JFK great resolution by george lucas. great movie 5 stars
6/02/05 Darth Sparky Rigid acting, terrible hair. Nothing new. 3 stars
6/01/05 Nadine Best movie of 2005 5 stars
5/31/05 Obi Wan Lucas got it right and sent us on our way with a bang!! 5 stars
5/31/05 Scott Reynolds When it is BAD, it's almost unbearable. But when it's good, you feel like it's the old days 4 stars
5/31/05 Jiz Better than the last two shitpiles. WTF is with that gaping plot hole at the end though? 4 stars
5/31/05 Paul S V, III, II, VI, I, IV 5 stars
5/31/05 Jon All flash, no substance. Mediocre acting, atrocious dialogue...my god. 3 stars
5/30/05 Darth Skippy oh so boring 2 stars
5/30/05 Jim Let's see ... V, IV, III, VI, II, I. 4 stars
5/30/05 Nancy Horosco Mother of Luke And Leia 4 stars
5/30/05 Alex The Sith rule! To hell with the idiot Jedi. 5 stars
5/30/05 Steve Newman I am in my 40s now - this was a class act - just like the first one almost 30 years ago!!! 4 stars
5/30/05 Joses Kickass. Better than the first two. No Jar-Jar! 5 stars
5/29/05 X better than the other two sequels 5 stars
5/29/05 Nicholas Sheldon Lucas is a hack as a writer and director. There is a specific reason EMPIRE was good. ;) 3 stars
5/29/05 Lord Jiggy Tedious and emotionally unconvincing. 3 stars
5/29/05 alex scenes with princess and Anakin together make me sick, bad acting! otherwise loved it 4 stars
5/28/05 Chris Howe Flashback - everyone thought Clones was good at the begining too. Lame-o movie. 1 stars
5/28/05 Alextron This is like the coolest film ever made! 5 stars
5/28/05 Neckface good 5 stars
5/28/05 harry mullholand good 3 stars
5/28/05 Flounder This is the best movie of the year thus far. 5 stars
5/28/05 Alyson This movie had awesome fight scenes. I'd see it again. Battle of the hot Jedis. 5 stars
5/28/05 movie samurai at last, the series has a soul again... the end of a cultural phenomenon 5 stars
5/28/05 Ben i cant wait for it to come out on dvd. i will buy it 5 stars
5/28/05 Fred Wesly You need Spielburg to tell the story correctly 3 stars
5/27/05 Michael Sorensen Lame! 2 stars
5/27/05 Jimmy James horrendous dialogue and plot incosistancies abound, otherwise a decent sendoff of theseries 3 stars
5/27/05 Mider Excellent fights. 5 stars
5/27/05 Chuckie Anakin was da bomb!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/27/05 Sabu Thaliyath "watch not ..you must.." (special Fx was good..but overdose) 2 stars
5/27/05 juli meh 1 stars
5/27/05 Christy Schultz Great connection to Episode IV. Much better than I or II 5 stars
5/27/05 Quigley one the greatest visual achievements in cinema history. some cheap eye candy, but very cool 5 stars
5/27/05 Jake Stands on it's own as a great film 5 stars
5/26/05 Pippin007 The force is strong with this one! 4 stars
5/26/05 Leon I found it great, really entertaining and the best since 4 and 5. 5 stars
5/26/05 MF It's the fourth best Star Wars film, but still better then most of the dreck the comes out 4 stars
5/26/05 Dan Great ass fucking movie!!!!$!%! 5 stars
5/25/05 nads Needs more fart jokes. 3 stars
5/25/05 John not for me. No thanks 1 stars
5/25/05 David Great fun, it makes IV, V, & VI even stronger 5 stars
5/25/05 Sir Spam-a-lot meh - okay, better than the other prequels 4 stars
5/25/05 George Lucas owes me $6.50 Had some cool moments but the lame parts were so lame that it cheapens the whole series 1 stars
5/25/05 Orbiter Nicely done. Very sad, moving, i felt guilty after seeing it. 5 stars
5/25/05 Pawn Wtf Are You Talking About ^ its Awsome... 5 stars
5/24/05 Neckface cool 5 stars
5/24/05 Master Frosh What the hell is "Star Wars?" 1 stars
5/24/05 Jake Awesome! A fitting end to an epic saga. 5 stars
5/24/05 Anna this was one of the best moveis that i have ever seen. Go see it!! Anikan is so hot!!!! 5 stars
5/24/05 Charleston Good, but another wasted opportunity in a trilogy full of wasted opportunities. 3 stars
5/24/05 JBP Absolute garbage. two and a half hours George now owes me! 1 stars
5/24/05 Benjamin Ewan and Ian McDiarmid's acting, the drama, and the SFX save this movie. Best since ESB 5 stars
5/24/05 ad distracted by acting 4 stars
5/24/05 whatevas meh 1 stars
5/24/05 You're an Idiot About as dark as a Care Bears Movie. Vader screaming "NOOOO!!"! at the end was laughable 1 stars
5/24/05 KR Dialogue/acting horrible, but what else is new? Lucas could never do dialogue. Still... 4 stars
5/24/05 brody best film in the series 5 stars
5/23/05 Tony It looked like the old cheesy Battlestar Galactica t.v. show. 3 stars
5/23/05 Uncle Salty On a positive note, at least this shit is over 2 stars
5/23/05 gray not for kids could have been better but not much 5 stars
5/23/05 haha Awesome, best of the three 5 stars
5/23/05 Ronin Don't let young children watch it... It has several heavy scenes... 5 stars
5/23/05 Chris pretty bumm and bang, that's it! 3 stars
5/23/05 NaeWar I really loved this movie! Can't stop thinking about it. Fun to go home & watch Ep. IV!!! 5 stars
5/23/05 ju great 5 stars
5/23/05 Michael Adams An all around great film 5 stars
5/23/05 Koitus WOW!!! Opening throws you right into the action! Gotta love Greivous' light saber scene! 5 stars
5/23/05 JQ ending is the only best part 1 stars
5/23/05 I-K Pretty to look at, but what clunky, unoriginal mass-market sci-fi isn't these days? 2 stars
5/23/05 chris. geez. thank god for that. 5 stars
5/23/05 jango meh 1 stars
5/23/05 Dan Da Man This movie clearly epitomizes the blurrily drawn line between good and evil. 5 Stars. 5 stars
5/23/05 Lord Richard fucking awesomr 5 stars
5/23/05 Emily Li It totally rocked out LOUDDDD!!!!! 5 stars
5/22/05 Green Gremlin Not as good as epidodes 4-5, but has some powerful moments 4 stars
5/22/05 Phil When you hear Vader breath on the big screen it sends shivers down ya spine! 5 stars
5/22/05 Josef This movie really seriously sucks cock 1 stars
5/22/05 Jeff Botting For a site that claims it "bitch slaps Hollywood", you sure do suck Lucus' dick 2 stars
5/22/05 Flounder This is the Star Wars film that we have been waiting for! 5 stars
5/22/05 Stephane Beyond all expectations 5 stars
5/22/05 thejames good ending, bad acting, doesnt save the prequel trilogoy. 3 stars
5/22/05 Dan Awesome. Helluva way to end the epic story of Star Wars. You idiots don't got a clue. 5 stars
5/22/05 Monster W. Kung Watching the new ones only makes the old ones look better. Better than I and II, but... 3 stars
5/22/05 Jamal YO STAR WARS IS OFF DA CHAIN!!!! 5 stars
5/22/05 Simba best episode yet i think, but still a star wars 4 stars
5/22/05 Neckface Underated 5 stars
5/22/05 kaz better than the last two but not without flaws. 4 stars
5/22/05 P.Rodriguez Superb!! 5 stars
5/22/05 Zefram Mann Definately worth the wait. 5 stars
5/22/05 mariano1 meh 1 stars
5/22/05 Den Cool 5 stars
5/21/05 Stephen Best Yet 5 stars
5/21/05 luke awesome 5 stars
5/21/05 Titus Better, but still not great. 3 stars
5/21/05 Shawn it's alright, not the best Star Wars. 3 stars
5/21/05 Martin Schofield I thought it was brilliant and seamlessly integrated the computer effects with a surprising 5 stars
5/21/05 Marce Definetly worth watching! If only for the shirtless Hayden about an hour into the movie ;-) 4 stars
5/21/05 Cham You know how it ends, but it's still a thrill seeing it all play out. 5 stars
5/21/05 Stefan Fitting end to the new trilogy, only suffers from moments of over the top dialogue. 4 stars
5/21/05 mariano I bow to George Lucas. BILLIONS OF THANKS 5 stars
5/21/05 Paul Garchow Tedious dialogue to endure before rewarding action sequences. Padme deserved better! 4 stars
5/21/05 Hack-SAW Shoddy acting, questionable dialouge, long fight scenes... What can I say? 4 stars
5/21/05 malcolm fights: excellent. acting: stiff. suspense: none. we've known how it ends for 15 years. 3 stars
5/21/05 maysin willie aames If CGI & bad dialogue are your bag this is your movie 3 stars
5/21/05 Deb How good is this film! Wonderful job Mr. Lucas. 5 stars
5/21/05 Brig. Gen. Ripper The empire grows within you Darth Invader 5 stars
5/21/05 Vicious Bloody excellent. 5 stars
5/20/05 Mider Masterpeace 5 stars
5/20/05 Alex No words can describe it! 5 stars
5/20/05 Tyrantis Not on par with Empire, but it blows the prequels out of the water. 4 stars
5/20/05 Chudiza AWESOME!!! 5 stars
5/20/05 Intelligent One boring crap. Worse than the second and MUCH worse than the last three. 2 stars
5/20/05 Obi Wan A Very Good Movie. Yet it had the potential for much much more! 5 stars
5/20/05 Terry Good but bloated at times 3 stars
5/20/05 Cobra Commander Better than the first 2 but no Empire strikes back 3 stars
5/20/05 Ole Man Bourbon My girlfriend was bawling, to my amusement 5 stars
5/20/05 Kellie Go when you're wide awake, because it's fun to watch but takes so long to get through. 5 stars
5/20/05 Negative Exceeded my expectations. Thanks, George. 5 stars
5/20/05 Vman I could not agree more with Scott. A great film. 5 stars
5/20/05 Christy Schultz I loved it. It connects well to the last three films. 5 stars
5/20/05 Pliego Will definetly be remembered fondly by the fans and the general audience. 5 stars
5/20/05 michaelb14 A truely great Star Wars movie, a few flaws due to bad dialogue but otherwise.......Fucking 5 stars
5/19/05 John P. One word - wow. OK, two more - almost perfect. 5 stars
5/19/05 AndersonFilms.com The Bridge from this to the Movies made 30 years ago is perfect. 5 stars
5/19/05 Heasby Fantastic! 5 stars
5/19/05 Senator Blutarsky The scene with Palpatine vs. Windu was spectacularly evil 5 stars
5/19/05 Sanosuke George rewarded our patience! Great movie! 5 stars
5/19/05 Indrid Cold Spectacular Anakin vs. Obi-Wan finale, but somehow doesn't quite find the magic though. 4 stars
5/19/05 earl hofert Finally. 5 stars
5/19/05 Jim Groff The movie was great and a close second to Empire as being my favorite 5 stars
5/19/05 Kristina Williams seeing Padme croak was worth the wait 4 stars
5/19/05 Paul wait, Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father?? 4 stars
5/19/05 Melina Very sad, but fulfilling 5 stars
5/19/05 Darren Shea Dark and violent, its only flaw is the awful lack of chemistry between the "loving" couple. 4 stars
5/19/05 BrianWilly Totally worth it. Awesome in every way!! 5 stars
5/19/05 Brad totally makes up for the lacklustre ep1 and 2... great stuff 5 stars
5/19/05 Devastator Given me back some faith...I can understand Lucas' vision a little more 5 stars
5/19/05 JamesVG The very top of my expectations. I can stand being a fan again. 5 stars
5/19/05 Jack Bourbon Emotionally intense. Sad to see it end when it almost seems like a reborn franchise 5 stars
5/19/05 Ahnold The best of the 3 prequels. SW 1&2 better, but definitely worth a look 4 stars
5/19/05 bullit16 George Lucas ... you are forgiven for the mistakes of Episodes I and II 5 stars
5/19/05 mitchogletree as darth vader would say--- NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! (the killins' were good) 3 stars
5/19/05 croweater888 This smokes episode 1 and 2-its a fitting tie in to the classic originals 5 stars
5/18/05 Manik The best movie I've seen in my life! 5 stars
5/18/05 Gothmog The high note of the saga. 5 stars
5/18/05 Todd Better than Empire Strikes Back. 5 stars
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  19-May-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Nov-2005



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