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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)



Critic Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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Diego Luna
as Captain Cassian Andor
Mads Mikkelsen
as Galen Erso
Ben Mendelsohn
as Director Orson Krennic
Donnie Yen
as Chirrut Imwe
Forest Whitaker
as Saw Gerrera
Jiang Wen
as Baze Malbus
Riz Ahmed
as Bodhi Rook
Jimmy Smits
as Bail Organa
Alistair Petrie
as General Draven
Ben Daniels
as General Merrick
Paul Kasey
as Admiral Raddus
Stephen Stanton
as Admiral Raddus
Ian McElhinney
as General Dodonna
Fares Fares
as Senator Vaspar
Jonathan Aris
as Senator Jebel
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Valene Kane
as Lyra Erso
Beau Gadson
as Young Jyn
Dolly Gadson
as Younger Jyn
Duncan Pow
as Sergeant Melshi
Jordan Stephens
as Corporal Tonc
Babou Ceesay
as Lieutenant Sefla
Aidan Cook
as Two Tubes
Andy de la Tour
as General Hurst Romodi
Tony Pitts
as Captain Pterro
Eric MacLennan
as Rebel Techs
Eric MacLennon
as Rebel Techs
Robin Pearce
as Rebel Tech
Francis Magee
as Grizzly Rebel
Bronson Webb
as Rebel MP
Geraldine James
as Blue Three
Ariyon Bakare
as Blue Four
Simon Farnaby
as Blue Five
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Richard Glover
as Red Twelve
Toby Hefferman
as Blue Eight
Richard Cunningham
as General Ramda
Jack Roth (IV)
as Lieutenant Adema
Michael Gould
as Admiral Gorin
Rufus Wright
as Lieutenant Casido
Michael Shaeffer
as General Corssin
Geoff Bell
as 2nd Lieutenant Frobb
James Harkness
as Private Basteren
Matt Rippy
as Corporal Rostok
Michael Nardone
as Shield Gate Officer
Nathan Plant
as Imperial Guard Droid
Christopher Patrick Nolan
as Alderaanian Guard
Warwick Davis
as Weeteef Cyubee
Ruth Bell
as Jedha Server
May Bell
as Jedha Server
Angus Wright
as Hammerhead Captain
Alan Rushton
as Engineer
Robert Benedetti
as Hall-Engineer
Weston Gavin
as Engineer
Nick Hobbs
as Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

All Critics (336) | Top Critics (57)

Rogue One is largely free of the weight of myth and expectation that were borne by The Force Awakens, and this turns out to be both a good and a bad thing.

December 18, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

With all the aerial dogfights, armored combat vehicles, grenades, flame-throwers and snipers, Rogue One feels like a film for those who think that most Star Wars movies are insufficiently like World War II flicks.

December 16, 2016 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The good news is that Edwards' effort to make a storm-the-beach war film produces a tense third act that earns most of its big moments and also justifies much of what's come before.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

A a tense, well-made spacefaring war movie about a desperate and demoralized band of insurgents standing up against a rising authoritarian regime.

December 15, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audiences once packed theaters to gawk at the future; now, it's to soak in the past. The emphasis is on packing in as much nostalgia as possible and tersely editing it together to resemble a film.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Rogue One" spins "Star Wars" into a whole new orbit.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Rogue One is well done from a technical standpoint. It has awe-inspiring special effects, meticulous production design, and a rousing score. It draws from a universe of films that I already adore. Well, 4 out of 7 anyway. (Those prequels are pretty weak.) The epic long battle, which comprises the second half, is impressive but it lacks a key component - our emotional attachment. Probably because the script hasn't engendered our love for these individuals. That's a key dilemma. The original trilogy embodies three of the most entertaining movies ever made. The grim Rogue One doesn't even feel like the same universe. Luke, Han, and Leia were captivating, but there's not one person here to make this story interesting. The chronicle certainly isn't necessary. It's merely an assembly line product efficiently produced to make money. You don't need this other than to answer a lingering question. Why did a design flaw exist enabling the Rebel Alliance to launch torpedoes into a tiny exhaust vent and blow up the Death Star? Rogue One uses 133 minutes to basically give us an answer. Thanks for the fan fiction, but you could've just told me.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

I must be born in another universe, because everyone keeps referring to this film as a side story when in fact it's a direct prequel to the first Star Wars (the devil take Lucas' mind control order, "This is the 4th film, not the 1st."). The rebels of the Rebel Alliance (that's rebellion twice removed) breakaway to steal the plans for the Empire's uberweapon, and it's as rousing and rollicking a tale as the first one was. Star Wars is back, baby, and as mad as hell. See it all ye fans.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Good action. Some cheese. Fan service, at its core, but enjoyable with popcorn.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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