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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Here Are Critics' First Reactions

The first Rise of Skywalker reactions are here.


The latest Star Wars movie--and the final entry in the Skywalker saga--is finally here. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, although the first public showings in the US come on the night of Thursday December 19. Episode 9 sees Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac reprising the roles that they previously played in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The movie has screened for critics, and while full reviews aren't here yet, we do have the first reactions on Twitter. [Update: The embargo has lifted, and our Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review is now live.]

Other opinions are more positive. There is considerable praise for director JJ Abrams, who also directed The Force Awakens. Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta stated that Abrams brings "a cohesive arc to this trilogy that feels like a fitting end to the saga as a whole," while Filmspeak's Griffin Schiller said that "JJ's energy is all over this thing."

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One thing that the critics are all united on is the huge scale of the movie. Fandango's Erik Davis described it as "a terrific finale that is just stuffed with so much of everything," and The Wrap's Yolanda Machado said it is "everything and nothing that you're expecting," while Variety's stated that "there's so much movie in this movie."

Some critics addressed the issue of how The Rise of Skywalker compared to Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, which very much divided audiences with some of its story choices. The consensus seems to be that those who didn't like that previous movie will find more to enjoy. ABC's Clayton Sandell said that the film "gives a whole new appreciation for The Last Jedi," while the New York Times's Kyle Buchanan joked that the movie "could only have been ruder to Rian Johnson if they had motion-smoothed it."

However, not everyone was filled with praise for the movie. Some critics criticised the amount of fan-service and admitted that not everything works. Critic Scott Menzel described it as a "collective hodgepodge of all Star Wars films combined," and Uproxx's Mike Ryan stated that "the first half gets so bogged down with exposition and new plot... it feels like it should have been three movies on its own." In addition, Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg said there "are a number of choices that just don't track, fan service that doesn't work, and ignored details that are missed."

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