Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Reviews

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March 7, 2019
It's hard to maintain that sense of adventure when you're ticking off points on a checklist. It's fashionable to badmouth the prequels, but at least you could see Lucas working to develop the story, teasing out the implications of his created cosmos.
February 13, 2019
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a film with a generic, half-baked script. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 14, 2018
The film's political resonances are as mutable - and as muddled - as those of its predecessors.
April 17, 2016
It's fan fiction writ large, making it clearer than ever that George Lucas is "Star Wars." With his voice gone, all that's left are tinny reverberations of movie history.
March 15, 2016
It's loud and full of vim -- but a little hollow and heartless.
February 1, 2016
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.
January 17, 2016
[VIDEO ESSAY] This latest installment of fandom's favorite mongrel pet is a poorly paced MacGuffin-chase plot, ginned up with groan-inducing spoonful doses of pro-war imagery and its attendant rudimentary vocabulary.
January 10, 2016
As a one-off, the movie might seem like a little miracle - a fresh take on nostalgia not too different in tone from last year's delightful Turbo Kid. But stretched out... a hard crust of cynicism is apparent just beneath the sugar-dusted surface.
January 7, 2016
It is easy to assume that Lucas sold the franchise to the Xerox Corporation - because the new film is nothing more than a weak photocopy of the 1977 classic and its 1980 follow-up.
January 4, 2016
Despite the copious servings of tragic threats and good feelings, the production sinks under the weight of its emotional calculation.
December 29, 2015
At the end The Force Awakens looks more like a nostalgic film that will work as a transition to the new Star Wars' age. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 29, 2015
The Force Awakens is as good as it is bad; fluent as it lacks in emotion; affecting like the original trilogy as much as it is disrespectful with those who seek something new. [Full review in Spanish]
December 24, 2015
...the tendency for the narrative to repeat the beats of A New Hope, though perfectly logical in a saga founded upon the constancy of the hero's journey, comes off as pandering fan-fiction.
December 21, 2015
The film is basically a "greatest hits" compilation of episodes IV and V, and little else. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 20, 2015
A money grab in which wunderkind J.J. Abrams choses to go where George Lucas has gone before by basically repeating plot points, even lines, from the original trilogy.
December 19, 2015
Brandishing both a wand and a wink at audiences, and split somewhere between colossal and cartoonish. And no, I am not now nor have I ever been a Star Wars junkie. Akin to an atheist at the church podium. And likely my fate: Let the haters be with you.
December 18, 2015
The rule here is being pleasant, not bold. That is, pleasant to the owners, the empire, the one that paid a ton of money for this cow and it's willing to milk it until there's nothing but dry bones. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 18, 2015
Abrams nails the feeling of (re)visiting a rusted-out, slightly sarcastic fairy tale. Still, a few hours after the credits it's all evaporating and I'm struggling to recall a remotely original or inventive moment in the entire damn thing.
December 17, 2015
But the movie can't sustain its playfulness-or its tension, either. Abrams is too busy trying to roll the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into one two-hour-and-15-minute movie.
December 17, 2015
As with other installments, this is less a movie than an exercise in massaging a juvenile-minded audience that wants the experience to be new and familiar at the same time.
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