Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reviews

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December 24, 2019
Eight films, 20 hours and hundreds of nostalgic moments have lead up to "The Rise of Skywalker"... It's too much for a single film to juggle, and not even the Force can pull it off.
December 20, 2019
You sense in this film, J.J. [Abrams] shrinking that world... Everything in this franchise feels like a take back.
December 20, 2019
J.J. Abrams's mechanical, nonsensical Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains so many resurrections it's a wonder Disney and Lucasfilm didn't push back the release date from Christmas to Easter.
December 20, 2019
If you disliked "The Last Jedi" (like I did), you'll like - but probably not love - "The Rise of Skywalker." If you liked "The Last Jedi," this review might not be for you.
December 20, 2019
The hermetic logic of the plot is as impeccable as it is ridiculous. It's a drama crafted with robotic insularity for the consumption of viewers being rendered robotic at each moment of the soullessly uniform spectacle.
December 20, 2019
Just a shame, then, that [Rey's] story should have so little emotional resonance, and that the Skywalker saga, with its 42 years of cinematic tradition, should end on such a charmless whimper.
December 19, 2019
Despite the vast deepness and immense possibilities of George Lucas's long-ago galaxy located far, far away, Disney's Star Wars is more an exercise in exhumation than storytelling.
December 19, 2019
It's such fun: full of the rackety exuberance of the now forgotten Saturday morning movie serials that were an influence on George Lucas.
December 19, 2019
The Rise of Skywalker pays dividends in fan service, and it pushes every nostalgic button on its dashboard. It's very funny, and by twists and turns incredibly sad, too, with surprises so big that Han Solo's ego looks small by comparison.
December 18, 2019
OK, the final episode isn't perfect. You'll nitpick it forever with your friends. But that's the point. Star Wars isn't a movie, it's family. We're that close to it. And the in-fighting about what it does right and wrong is as crucial as the love.
December 18, 2019
[A] vast, convoluted, sometimes cluttered, intermittently thrilling and thoroughly entertaining production that brings the Skywalker trilogy to a heroic close.
December 18, 2019
Despite some clunky chunks of exposition, the action rockets along, powered both by its need to be more spectacular than ever before and the script's desire to tie up the saga's many loose ends... It's a rousing finish.
December 18, 2019
For a movie predicated on satisfying fans, "The Rise of Skywalker" is a distinctly unsatisfying conclusion to what had been an imperfect but mostly good few films.
December 18, 2019
The movie snaps together like a jigsaw puzzle, a series of concluding beats that seem inevitable and perfect, and designed to please all parties, so long as you don't dwell on the logic too much.
December 18, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a fitting last movie. It's long; maddening; fun in bits; fantastic in parts; and so desperate to stir itself into legend that we urge it on, like parents screaming at their tots in an egg-and-spoon race.
December 18, 2019
Star Wars IX may be imperfect, but it offers nostalgia hounds the space odyssey of their dreams.
December 18, 2019
"The Rise of Skywalker" rarely comes close to touching greatness, but it's a solid, visually dazzling and warmhearted victory for the Force of quality filmmaking.
December 18, 2019
Panders wildly, closing out this last chapter of the nine films that have come to be known as the Skywalker Saga with a story that delivers to the faithful exactly the movie they wanted.
December 18, 2019
It looks gorgeous and offers strong performances from Driver and Ridley in particular, but ultimately the saga ends with neither a bang nor a whimper but something inbetween.
December 18, 2019
It wraps up the trio of trilogies begun in 1977 in a confident, soothingly predictable way, doing all that cinematically possible to avoid poking the bear otherwise known as tradition-minded quadrants of the "Star Wars" fan base.
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