Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Reviews

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August 7, 2018
It's both nostalgic and fresh, a tender homage to, especially, the initial Star Wars ("Episode IV: A New Hope"), as well as a bridge to help those of us stuck in the splendor of Hoth edge into the future.
August 16, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives new life to a franchise of hope, resilience, courage and family that's been missing from theatres for far too long.
June 10, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens honors the series and takes it in exciting new directions. Both The Millennium Falcon and millennials, it would seem, are in good hands.
April 27, 2016
'The Force Awakens' does what the original films did well - and is also its own, thrilling thing.
January 4, 2016
Despite the copious servings of tragic threats and good feelings, the production sinks under the weight of its emotional calculation.
January 1, 2016
It all comes together nicely as the actors breathe vulnerability, fallibility and personality into their roles, with Daisy Ridley being quite the commanding presence. My favourite, hands down, is the cute and rotund droid BB-8.
December 21, 2015
The new movie, as an act of pure storytelling, streams by with fluency and zip.
December 20, 2015
That's what's so impressive about the tricky balancing act Abrams has pulled off with The Force Awakens: He's made a movie that's simultaneously gripping and a huge release. We are in good hands, at last.
December 20, 2015
I found myself listening to a chorus of spontaneous gasps, cheers, laughs, whoops and even occasional cries of anguish. What's really surprising is that many of them were coming from me.
December 19, 2015
With The Force Awakens, Abrams has begun one of the most important reclamation projects of our time: the complete erasure from cultural memory of The Phantom Menace and its sequels.
December 17, 2015
A film that fans of the old movies will relish but one that looks bound to capture the imagination of a new audience, too.
December 17, 2015
There are no glaring missteps in The Force Awakens, and on such a stage this kind of performance might even pass for greatness -- for a little while.
December 17, 2015
I bet you'll have fun - I did, mostly. But it's the fun of seeing something fairly successfully redone, with the promise of more of the same to come.
December 17, 2015
It's everything the kid in us goes to the movies for -- marvelous adventure that leaves us surprised, scared and euphoric.
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
There is, of course, CGI in The Force Awakens, but it's comparatively minimal. The film looks handmade, and this allows for a greater range of human emotion, too. When tragedy strikes, you feel it.
December 17, 2015
The story is compelling. The acting is great. The technical aspects are solid. But it's hard to escape the idea that the film is a remix of something else, an attempt to rework story elements that felt more original elsewhere.
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.
December 17, 2015
As a nostalgia trip that knows exactly what die-hard Star Wars fans want and then layers in some memorable new characters, The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big.
December 17, 2015
Like their Star Wars forebears, Boyega's Finn and Ridley's Rey are brave, funny, and admirable but also imperfect, uncertain, and sometimes afraid. That is to say, they're genuine, multisided characters with believable motivations.
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