Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)



Critic Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.

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Movie Info

The Star Wars saga continues with this seventh entry -- the first under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. The film will act as the start of a new trilogy set after the events of Return of the Jedi. J.J. Abrams directs from a script by Michael Arndt. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt
In Theaters:
Box Office: $906.0M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Adam Driver
as Kylo Ren
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Gwendoline Christie
as Captain Phasma
Oscar Isaac
as Poe Dameron
Andy Serkis
as Supreme Leader Snoke
Lupita Nyong'o
as Maz Kanata
Max von Sydow
as Lor San Tekka
Tim Rose
as Admiral Ackbar
Jessica Henwick
as Jess Testor
Mark Stanley (VI)
as Knight of Ren
Dixie Arnold
as Resistance Soldier
Mike Quinn
as Nien Nunb
Simon Pegg
as Unkar Plutt
Sasha Frost
as Jakku Villager
Pip Torrens
as Colonel Kaplan
Andrew Jack
as Major Ematt
Rocky Marshall
as Colonel Datoo
Greg Grunberg
as Snap Wexley
Yahan Ruhian
as Tasu Leech
Sebastian Armesto
as Lieutenant Mitaka
Warwick Davis
as Wollivan
Iko Uwais
as Razoo Quin-Fee
Ken Leung
as Admiral Statura
Anna Brewster
as Bazine Netal
Harriet Walter
as Dr. Kalonia
Erik Bauersfeld
as Admiral Ackbar
Victor McGuire
as Bar Patron
Miltos Yerolemou
as Bar Patron
Billie Lourd
as Lieutenant Connix
Leanne Best
as Min Sakul
Matt Johnson
as Bar Patron
Crystal Clarke
as Ensign Goode
Claudia Sermbezis
as Lema Eelyak
Gerald W. Abrams
as Captain Cypress
Jim McGrath
as Vice Admiral Resdox
Tosin Cole
as Lieutenant Bastian
Hannah John-Kamen
as First Order Officer
Tom Edden
as First Order Officer
Kate Fleetwood
as First Order Officer
Richard Riddell
as First Order Officer
Jefferson Hall
as First Order Officer
Thomas Sangster
as First Order Officer
Jack Laskey
as First Order Officer
Brian Herring
as BB-8 Performed by
Bill Hader
as BB-8, BB-8 Voice Con...
Ben Schwartz
as BB-8 Voice Consultan...
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

All Critics (332) | Top Critics (49)

Despite the copious servings of tragic threats and good feelings, the production sinks under the weight of its emotional calculation.

Full Review… | January 4, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dazzles audiences with a surface of nostalgic fun made shiny new-but beneath that mask, if you care to notice it, lurks an abyss of futility.

Full Review… | February 1, 2016
The Nation

The spectacular 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' provides a new hope for future generations of moviegoers.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016

A spectacular film that will keep the franchise going for many years to come. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | January 25, 2016

Abrams understands that a great Star Wars movie is not only about the whiz-bang external stuff, but also about the soul in its classic riff on the eternal struggle between the sides of light and dark (good vs evil).

Full Review… | January 23, 2016
Matt's Movie Reviews

Technically a reboot from the original 1977 film, J. J. Abrams breathes live back into the franchise, pleasing old fans and creating legions of new ones. I felt like I was 12 years-old again!

Full Review… | January 22, 2016
Movie Guys with Jeff & Dave

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Thought the scriptwriting was brilliant, but I didn't enjoy the actual sets and scenes so much.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Extraordinarily faithful to the tone and style of the originals, The Force Awakens brings back the Old Trilogy's heart, humor, mystery, and fun. Since it is only the first piece in a new three-part journey it can't help but feel incomplete. But everything that's already there, from the stunning visuals, to the thrilling action sequences, to the charismatic new characters, has reawakened and solidified my love for the series. This film deserves a Best Picture nomination.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Rey, a young smuggler, is thrust into a battle between the First Order and the resistance when she teams up with a storm trooper who suffered a crisis of conscience.
The new entry into the Star Wars universe is profoundly derivative, essentially an updated retelling of A New Hope, and while ignoring the backstory about the First Order largely mutes the events of Return of the Jedi, the new characters are interesting enough that J.J. Abrams has successfully made me excited about the new installments, rather than cringing, as I did after The Phantom Menace. It's a fun, popcorn film, returning to its roots, and this isn't all bad, even if it fails to advance the scope of the original films.
I especially like Daisy Ridley as Rey. Ridley gives Star Wars a feminist character, one whose hand should never be held and whose life isn't dependent on others, but the film doesn't allow Ridley to explore enough of the character because it withholds so much information in the name of suspense.
Also, Star Wars as a series is based on the struggle between good and evil. In the original trilogy, we accepted the empire as evil and the rebellion as good - the bad guys had red light sabers and the good guys had green or blue light sabers. In the second trilogy, George Lucas bungled a political plot, which by necessity forced the film to explore intricacies of good and evil and descent into evil. Obviously that failed. In order to deal with the rise of the First Order, we needed a political plot, but yet the film disavowed itself of this responsibility, and as a result, the film's antagonists are hollow and the series doesn't hold together as a narrative whole. Star Wars has to get better at politics, not just for the sake of Episode VIII but for the continuity of the series as a whole.
Overall, I liked this newest film if only because it manages to return the franchise to the rails; now if only Episode VIII can get the train moving again.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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