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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reviews

July 27, 2018
"Star Wars" is not "Breaking Bad," and the same narrative tricks that worked for the latter feel jarringly out of place in the former.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 26, 2017
What's most interesting to me about The Last Jedi is Luke's return as the mentor rather than the student, grappling with his failure in this new role, and later aspiring to be the wise and patient teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2017
Fanatics will love it; for the rest of us, it's a tolerably good time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2017
When the salt settles, we are left with neither triumph nor tragedy; instead, it's one more chapter in the continuing saga, punctuated by a few moments of genuine awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 14, 2017
In a world bursting with flashy popcorn movies, there's still nothing quite like a "Star Wars" flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2017
The Last Jedi probably does the best job of any Star Wars film of capturing the allure of the Dark Side and the spiritual turmoil that would lead to-and also result from-its embrace.
Top Critic
December 14, 2017
Nothing in "The Last Jedi" is allowed to be mundane, including the places the filmmakers take the story.
December 14, 2017
Rian Johnson's middle chapter in the current Star Wars trilogy is the epic you've been looking for. Capped by Mark Hamill in the performance of his career, it points the way ahead to a next generation of skywalkers - and, thrillingly, to a new hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
There's a sense that Johnson is giving busy-work to certain characters while others are catching up. The Last Jedi is a great 105-minute movie stretched too thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
[Rian Johnson] achieves what no one else has since The Empire Strikes Back: a fusion of junkyard genre parts and passion.
December 12, 2017
[Director Rian Johnson's] movie has a sense of humor about itself and a sense of joy, but its emotional generosity, even in the midst of all the extravagant green-screen work, is its best special effect.
December 12, 2017
You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to love this addition to the canon (heck, it works even if you haven't seen any of the other movies).
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 12, 2017
In short, it feels like a new hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2017
As indebted to the previous installments and "Star Wars" canon as it is to classic Westerns, sword-and-sandal epics and martial arts films.... it's the blend of reverence for its roots and embrace of the new that makes "The Last Jedi" a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
The movie comes off as a work that's ironed out, flattened down, appallingly purified.
December 12, 2017
Rian Johnson clearly remembers something that Lucas' most fervent followers sometimes forget: These are movies for the young, or at least the young at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi boasts many very good performances, ones that enrich the characters and which salute writer/director Johnson's ability to find the humanity within technology, something he proved early on with his artful time-travel thriller Looper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
"The Last Jedi" may not possess its immediate predecessors' pleasant shock of the new, nor is it a stylistic detour from what's expected. But it makes up for this with wit, spirit and one wicked saber smackdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 12, 2017
It's a film of genuine beauty, one where you come away as eager to talk about the set design and the choreography as you do the fate of the galaxy or what might happen next.
December 12, 2017
This film climbs well beyond nerd-approved material, carrying us into a changed future without insulting Lucasfilms' holy writ.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
December 12, 2017
[Johnson's]often-stirring addition to the saga finally lands on an affecting point about the importance of preserving essential cultural tradition without clinging too strictly to the dogma -- and the texts -- of the old way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2017
Everything a fan could want from a Star Wars film and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2017
While there are elements nodding to The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi is no copycat. In its most daring moments, it even tweaks a few series tropes, updating them with a decidedly populist kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2017
Writer-director Rian Johnson has certainly made the busiest Star Wars film of them all, but he keeps it from becoming a slog by infusing it with humor, verve, and visual charm.
December 12, 2017
"The Last Jedi" has as much heart as it has guts and that's a stirring combination. You walk out of the cinema reminded why it's sometimes worth fighting a battle you may well lose.
December 12, 2017
But gradually, Johnson's many additions become too much of a good thing and The Last Jedi grows crowded, busy and long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2017
Last Jedi is deep. It's also rollicking. It's right up there with the very first Star Wars in terms of its enjoyability factor. It's a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
When everything pulls in the same direction, as it does consistently in "The Last Jedi," it's like watching a mind-boggling clockwork click into a deft ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
That said, I'd stop short of calling director Rian Johnson's undeniably impressive initiation into the Star Wars fold the masterpiece that some desperately want it to be. The film simply drags too much in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi at its heart is a love letter to a childhood. From Luke's sly wink to an old friend to General Leia's leadership, the familiar heroes dominate the screen, earn the biggest applause and serve as a compass to the next generation.
December 12, 2017
When the feelings come in The Last Jedi, and they do come, they're deep and they're real. Go ahead and try to watch the penultimate scene without crying, or pretending not to. And may the Force be with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
December 12, 2017
It supplies us with all the things we expect - nay, demand - in a Star Wars movie, and manages to surprise us by revealing that this fictional universe, in which we've already clocked so many hours, can still surprise us.
December 12, 2017
By breaking down some of the old mythology, [Rian] Johnson has staked out new territory. For the first time in a long time, a "Star Wars" film feels forward-moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi works on several levels, but most importantly it's a rip-roaring good time. That's what Star Wars fans want the most, and that's what they get with this dynamite installment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi is funny, it's emotional, it's fast-paced and it has a good story to tell.
December 12, 2017
[Rian] Johnson's ability to deliver a fresh and engaging riff on this beast of an enterprise suggests that not every free-spirited storyteller can be corrupted by Hollywood's dark side, and some may even give it a new hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 12, 2017
Taken as a whole, this eighth episode of the franchise will be porgnip for the faithful, though the answer to one of its Big Questions seems disappointing, and generously entertaining for the rest of us.
December 12, 2017
You don't see many sci-fi action extravaganzas that are about late middle-aged disappointment, about wondering what it's all about and whether any of it was worth it. It's this element that gives "The Last Jedi" an extra something ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
The Johnson and Abrams movies live dutifully in the universe of the original George Lucas trilogy - after the Phantom Menace trilogy debacle, it's what fans claim they wanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
A fresh visual style makes this middle "Star Wars" a welcome addition to the saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi, written and directed by the gifted indie auteur Rian Johnson, nails the balance of novelty and nostalgia in much more satisfying fashion.
December 12, 2017
That's not to say Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go down in history as a better movie than the franchise's gold standard, The Empire Strikes Back, but director Rian Johnson has pulled off a complete rejuvenation of the saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 12, 2017
Falls right behind Empire Strikes Back and maybe the original film in providing the thrills and the heartbreak, the heroism and villainy, and the romance and betrayal that makes these films such a treat.
December 12, 2017
Optimistically, The Last Jedi leaves plenty of intriguing possibilities for the climactic installment. But there's also the kind of room for improvement that remind us when it comes to Star Wars, such hopes -- new or otherwise -- spring eternal.
December 12, 2017
A stellar entry that owes much to George Lucas' original films while finding a signature vibe of its own and unleashing a few welcome twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
Johnson is to be lauded for not locking himself into a retelling of the same old story. While there is plenty of familiarity -- this franchise basically demands it -- he isn't afraid to go in new directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 12, 2017
It is a satisfying, at times transporting entertainment. Remarkably, it has visual wit and a human touch, no small achievement for a seemingly indestructible machine that revved up 40 years ago and shows no signs of sputtering out (ever).
December 12, 2017
Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be ... generally pleasing even as it sometimes strains to find useful and/or interesting things for some of its characters to do.
December 12, 2017
Still, this is no mere placeholder of a story. Huge, important things happen to characters secondary and primary. Surprises big and small abound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
It may sound like a backhanded compliment, but with so much on the line, Johnson deserves credit for not messing things up.
December 12, 2017
This is the longest movie in the franchise. It just doesn't feel that way. I haven't been this into a Star Wars picture since the Empire struck back in The Empire Strikes Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
Rolling up with the kind of intergalactic swagger that gives us a cosmically infuriating phone prank within the first five minutes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a work of supreme confidence: witty, wild and free to roam unexplored territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5