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Star Wars: Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ewok-filled finale less Force-ful than previous.

Movie PG 1983 135 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 9+

Best Star Wars movie ever

It is a great Star Wars movie but the only problem I have with it is the scenes in Jabba the Hutt's palace. So if you do not want to see any violent scenes skip to the part when they leave Tatooine, the planet where Jabba the Hutt lives. Also, you might be scared of the emperor's face and the face of Darth Vader after Luke removes Darth Vader's helmet. And there is an ewok that dies, but there is no blood, but it is still sad. So it is a great Star Wars movie, but I think you should be 9 or more to watch the entire movie.
age 8+

A great ending...oh wait...6 more films

I saw this film first in the trilogy when it was released on cable sometime in 1984. I was 9 years old and was the prime age to fall hard for all of these characters and wants nothing more than to be sucked into this world. I did not have anything to compare it to sooooo I loved ALL OF IT! Ewoks? Yep! Jabba the Hut...Ok! The Emperor and his maximum creep factor...sign me up! The film still holds allure. I recently saw it on the big screen for the 2nd time with my 7 year old and there was cheering from his seat where he was perched at the edge waiting to see the Empire defeated and Darth Vader's fate. It ended a story we didn't really want to end and it brought closure to character arcs that we clearly did not want sealed. The film feels good, still, 40 years later.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39 ):
Kids say (153 ):

This is a properly triumphant finale, filled with action -- and yet, coming after the best and emotionally richest chapter, The Empire Strikes Back, a slight disappointment. The Return of the Jedi concluded the mighty Star Wars saga -- at least until Disney brought back the franchise with The Force Awakens -- that George Lucas conceived. It's a film series that changed movie history and raised the bar for special effects, science-fiction wonderment, blockbuster earnings, and movie marketing. If only the filmmakers put as much imagination into the main plotline as they did in the film's lengthy opener. Still, making the fight for the souls of the two Skywalkers as important as the Rebels vs. the Empire is a nice bit of dramatics, as is the idea of Luke struggling to avoid feelings of anger and revenge that might lure him to the dark side.

You can see the infatuation with visual gimmickry, cute/silly aliens and robots, plotlines apparently written to be video-game ready, and a disinterest in good acting; a toymaker mentality that continued when Lucas picked up the storyline again in prequels beginning with The Phantom Menace. While each individual stage of the finale is thrilling, cutting back and forth among the scenes disrupts the overall flow of the film.

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