Reviews of the Last Jedi previewed below. Spoilers are inevitable. Tread lightly…
With 162 reviews in, critics delivered 151 “fresh” reviews and 11 “rotten” critiques with a 8.3/10 average rating.
“Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga’s rich legacy while adding some surprising twists — and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.”
Diving into some of those reviews, Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote:
The new Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is shockingly good… [Director Rian Johnson] pinpoints the intersection between characters’ desperate need to belong and the special effects that will lift those longings into the realm of myth. He achieves what no one else has since The Empire Strikes Back: a fusion of junkyard genre parts and passion.”
The crowd at the screening of the latest “Star Wars” sequel cheered at the Lucasfilm logo. They cheered at the first title card: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” And two and a half hours later, they were still cheering.
I was – well, smiling.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” unspools like a one-movie binge watch, a lively if overlong and busily plotted second chapter to the latest Star Wars trilogy that advances the story and deepens its characters with a combination of irreverent humor and worshipful love for the original text.”
Director Rian Johnson (”Looper”) has fashioned a grand and heartfelt epic with something for everyone, whether you’re here for the new heroes such as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), or the old ones (welcome back, Mark Hamill!), or just for the X-wing dogfights; whether you’re in need of some rousing inspiration, or longing for one last visit with Carrie Fisher, the series’ beloved Princess Leia, who died last year.”
But the consensus is not unanimous…
There’s a scene in the middle of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that’s so mysterious, inspired, rich in overtones, and tenuously attached to the movie surrounding it that it virtually shouts its presence as the writer and director Rian Johnson’s embedded showreel, his flourish of personal purpose and creative power amid the two and a half wearying hours that serve as its frame.”
Flung back into that long-ago faraway galaxy for The Last Jedi, round two of the second Star Wars retread, we must once again rejoice in lightness and suffer in the dark. Nifty new animals, a maturing villain, a flagging heroine, muffled humour – as it seeks to uphold a giant cultural legacy, this unfolding trilogy struggles to maintain a balance that often seems just out of reach.”
If you’re looking to fortify your brain with critcal thought, check out the full list of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Be forewarned,: many of the critiques contain information that is generally considered spoilers.
While we’re at it, let’s post some trusted reviews from some of our usual suspects, beginning with MSW’s Amanda Ward:
All joking aside, this movie thrilled me, shocked me and left me in awe. Some moments have already cemented themselves for me as character making. More thoughts to come. Thank you @rianjohnson. https://t.co/vLiq7AAUfQ
— Amanda Ward (@realAmandaWard) December 12, 2017
I think the film is going to be debated for a long time, actually. I loved it. It was weird, funny, and told me a story I sat on the edge of my seat for. I’m not kidding. There were moments where I looked over at my friends and we were all sitting forward…on the edge of our seats. That’s a Star Wars movie. A good Star Wars movie. I don’t think everyone is going to agree with me. But I have nothing but respect for this offering and its the most worthy Star Wars offering in years.
The Last Jedi” feels like the freshest, most original chapter in the Star Wars saga in some time, building upon and expanding the mythology in very exciting ways. It’s a fearless, risk-taking experience that will leave fans in awe.”
Days removed from seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I still can’t believe it’s a real movie. I can’t believe what writer-director Rian Johnson did: He took all of our preconceived notions of what a Star Wars movie is and evolved them. The movie is genuinely shocking at times—multiple times—but it also feels fully authentic to the Star Wars universe. And this is why The Last Jedi is so good, even if there are a few hiccups along the way.”
And finally, Perri Nemiroff tweeted:
#StarWarsTheLastJedi floored me. @rianjohnson and the team nail so much – thrills, laughs, heart and most of all, pushing the characters/overall franchise a major step forward. Some really rich material to explore in the future. Can't wait for more.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 10, 2017
And I wanted to add (the soon-to-be-featured-on-MSW) Maude Garrett’s post-premiere tweet, as well:
— Maude Garrett (@maudegarrett) December 10, 2017
The bottom line for this would-be reviewer? I can’t wait until 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night! JB