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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Reviews

December 18, 2016
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.
Top Critic
December 16, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
December 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
December 15, 2016
A a tense, well-made spacefaring war movie about a desperate and demoralized band of insurgents standing up against a rising authoritarian regime.
Top Critic
December 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 15, 2016
"Rogue One" spins "Star Wars" into a whole new orbit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 15, 2016
[K-2SO] has all the good lines. I'm not sure if it's such a good thing that the best character in a sci-fi movie is a robot. But then again, the best character in 2001: A Space Odyssey was HAL, and that film wasn't half-bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 14, 2016
Rogue One works best because its story is so narrowly focused.
December 14, 2016
Rogue One is at its best when it's at war .
December 14, 2016
It was always one of 2016's most anticipated films and it doesn't let down the legions who have been waiting for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2016
The movie didn't rekindle the thrill of seeing, say, The Empire Strikes Back, but Rogue One will loom pretty large in the Star Wars galaxy - if only because there's so little competition.
December 13, 2016
This spin-off/prequel has the same primitive, lived-in, emotional, loopy, let's-put-on-a-show spirit that made us fall in love with the original trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
It offers more details of interoffice politics among the squabbling factions of both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance than probably anyone but a mid-level manager cares for. Yet you generally feel you're in good hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2016
It's a downer. It's morally tangled. The characters are as depressed as the scenario, and Michael Giacchino's music can't make it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 13, 2016
If you're not a fan, Rogue One may not be the revelation that The Force Awakens turned out to be. But it won't have you wishing for your own personal Death Star either.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
December 13, 2016
"Rogue One" is definitive proof: "Star Wars" is back, baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2016
Doesn't break the mold in terms of franchise formula, and it's an enjoyable installment in the "Star Wars" canon. However, it's not much more than that.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2016
Much more than a mere sideshow in the Star Wars saga, these rebels build on a brilliant legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is a bright light in the Star Wars canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
Edwards has created the rare Star Wars property that can be appreciated as a film. And it is about as violent and downbeat as Star Wars gets on the big screen-more downbeat than The Empire Strikes Back, in fact.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 13, 2016
In the end, this hardening of the franchise seems likely to alienate both the fans and the uninitiated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2016
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" shows that the "Star Wars" universe can produce authentic adult entertainment without losing a bit of its frenetic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
"Rogue One" represents an unobjectionable exercise in franchise extension. It's fine. It'll do. For now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2016
The movie has a completely different, more sophisticated feel than most recent special effects-driven entries, including last year's so-so "The Force Awakens."
December 13, 2016
It tries so hard to be an epic masterpiece - with self-important speeches and an insanely outsize orchestral score - that it ends up a laughable parody of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2016
"Rogue One" stands on its own, an entry that is at once part of the "Star Wars" franchise (obviously) but also separate - a tougher, grittier film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2016
Almost pedantic in its inoffensiveness.
December 13, 2016
All the pieces are there ... like Lego figures in a box. The problem is that the filmmakers haven't really bothered to think of anything very interesting to do with them.
December 13, 2016
The action sequences, both on the ground and in space, are rousingly staged. But the losses incurred in those sequences are sobering. The stakes in the "Star Wars" rebellion are high indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2016
Rogue One isn't so much a movie as a feature-length promotional film for itself; it's a movie that is still waiting to be made.
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is a bold and stirring adventure film that will have both fans and casual observers spellbound.
December 13, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story does exactly what it is supposed to do by incrementally expanding the Star Wars universe that we already know.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2016
This is a whole new stable of characters operating on the fringes of the world we know by heart. When you think about it, that's pretty exciting. And it opens up a world of cinematic possibilities moving forward.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2016
It stands alone as the best Star Wars entry since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, it's that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is groundbreaking for the Star Wars franchise, a rousing side story that blows the doors wide open for future installments of the series. That it stands on its own as a slam-bam action thrill ride is a bonus.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story answers the question of whether that galaxy far, far away is big enough to sustain multiple offshoots with an emphatic yes.
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is a more-than-worthy prequel. Which is a first in the Star Wars universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
Rogue One is better than [the prequels] by a long shot, but after the high bar set by last year's Episode VII - The Force Awakens, simply being better than the prequels isn't good enough anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2016
The Force Awakens may have reanimated the once-dormant franchise, but it's Rogue One that will give Star Wars fans a new hope.
December 13, 2016
K-2S0 contributes sorely needed humor, but nowhere near enough.
December 13, 2016
Even an underwhelming Star Wars is a pretty decent Star Wars, but Rogue One misses a real chance to turn the familiar into something remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2016
A little bit "Guardians of the Galaxy," a little bit "Dirty Dozen" in its mass wartime slaughter, and a pretty good time once it gets going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2016
For all its vivid visual imagination, the film left me almost totally cold. And I say that as a man who has cried actual tears at more than one Star Wars movie.
December 13, 2016
A swiftly paced, rough-and-ready entertainment that, in anticipating the canonical events of "A New Hope," manages the tricky feat of seeming at once casually diverting and hugely consequential.
December 13, 2016
In a series of by-the-bible films, this is the iconoclastic one. And that's its charm.
December 13, 2016
Rogue One manages to succeed as both super-nerdy fan service and the first entry since the 1977 original that will satisfy people who have never seen a Star Wars film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2016
For the original generation of "Star Wars" fans who weren't sure what to make of episodes one, two, and three, "Rogue One" is the prequel they've always wanted.
December 13, 2016
This movie is about the journey, not the destination. And the journey is about as exciting as a long drive down the Florida Turnpike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2016
Despite a galaxy of potential and a number of killer moments, Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff feels painfully forced.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 13, 2016
A punchy standalone action tale about a spunky Rebel Alliance resistance group.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
December 13, 2016
Loaded with more battle action than any of its seven predecessors, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story plays like a set-up for the events in the 1977 original and, for the most part, does so quite entertainingly.
December 13, 2016
Yes, it's part of a series that is now eight movies strong, but it also works alone as a movie about war, oppression, a dangerous heist, a daring rebellion and a spark of hope that ignites the final stages of a revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 13, 2016
This "Star Wars" spinoff doesn't spin very far off from the franchise, but it's a serviceable stopgap between chapters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2016
Seems to want nothing more than for the audience to pat itself on the back because they know what Yavin 4 is: It's a fun game to play at Comic-Con, but it doesn't make for much of a movie.