You see, this is exactly my point. This is why you don't trust movie critics. A New Hope being the highest rated is just... no. I mean, it is a fine movie, certainly one of the best Star Wars films out there, but to say it's better than Empire is simply insane.
Of all the examples to not trust critics this is a flimsy case. Star Wars was THE revolution of its time so of course its sequels wouldn't carry that same wow factor by itself. And placing Empire on this absurd pedestal of outclassing everything before or after in SW, especially with such pacing issues comparative to A New Hope, should make anyone roll their eyes by now.
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