Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Reviews

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December 28, 2016
Apart from Ben Mendelsohn's weaselly Orson Krennic [and perhaps Donnie Yen]... the faces are unmemorable and the characters unexceptional, their meaningful glances unearned.
December 16, 2016
These disparate elements do not come together to make a cohesive whole. At times, Rogue One feels like a rehash of previous Star Wars films, only with newer faces.
December 13, 2016
It's too grimy and relentlessly bleak to be any fun, and lacks the substance and drama to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 13, 2016
It is a brave attempt at making a new kind of Star Wars movie but seems all too eager to express its fealty to the source material without thinking up any ideas of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 29, 2016
Rogue One isn't taking any chances: It's desperate to ensure a seamless transition with Episode IV, as if this constitutes a meaningful end in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 19, 2016
A routine CGI extravaganza primarily interested in creating a Pavlovian response every time someone or something familiar appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is less the fetish object that The Force Awakens is because it at least has the ambitions to create its own character dynamics and plot routes rather than coast on existing ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 14, 2016
Nothing is exultant, dramatic, epic, heroic, complex or just entertaining to me. The film is overwhelmingly empty, and lacks minimal grace and rhythm. [Full review in Spanish]
December 14, 2016
There's a comfort in being in the Star Wars Universe and you immediately feel a renewed affection for it upon re-entry. But a Star Wars film shouldn't rely on its Star Wars-yness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 13, 2016
A more than worthy adventure but lacks the brilliance of the original trilogy. It makes us have a good time, but not a memorable one. [Full review in Spanish]
December 16, 2016
...an attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a used MacGuffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 15, 2016
Except for a few jocose, fan-serving moments, the movie is a dour affair, lacking the charm and chills of J.J. Abrams's spirited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not to mention George Lucas's founding trilogy.
December 13, 2016
The Force should have been stronger with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 14, 2016
There's nothing to sink our teeth into, especially when we already know how it ends. There's no suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 13, 2016
When the universe "expands" in this way, it actually makes it seem so much smaller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 13, 2016
If only the two-hour plus runtime made time to dig into its heroes like the original trilogy or The Force Awakens did, Rogue One could have been as sensational and satisfying.
December 13, 2016
The Star Wars franchise has built up a massive amount of cachet over the last several decades; Rogue One is going to need every bit of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 3, 2017
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has gorgeous visuals, including an excellent production design and great special effects, but when it comes to the narrative, there's a lot left to be desired thanks to a screenplay that refuses to develop the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 16, 2016
Rogue One does a brilliant job capturing the look and feel of Star Wars, but narratively, it's a footnote, and some of the creative choices are baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 15, 2016
With strong work from Jones, Luna, Mikkelsen and Mendelsohn, a handful of exciting set-pieces... and plenty of expensive CG (surprise, surprise), this still doesn't quite work as the epic it so wants to be.
January 20, 2017
As the lost piece of an intricate puzzle, Rogue One satisfyingly presses into its rightful place in the series' universe. Filling in that blank space might never have seemed necessary, but, once you've seen it, there's no denying the richness added.
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