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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here, and with the embargo having lifted just a few hours ago, reviews are pouring in for the science fantasy epic. Rotten Tomatoes has — as of this writing — gathered 138 reviews, and of those, only 9 have been marked as “rotten,” meaning that 129 of them are “fresh.”

This brings the film in at an amazing 93 percent on the aggregate site. Of course, with that, you can expect that a great many of these reviews — including ours — are overwhelmingly positive (to see our review, CLICK HERE). We’ve gathered a few of them for you to peruse over.

Check them out below!


Forbes – Mark Hughes

“Johnson (who not only directed but also wrote The Last Jedi) has created a picture of gorgeous color, intense and awesome camera work, glorious visual effects, and memorable sequences. Once all of the pieces are on the board and in their necessary positions, the story kicks into high gear. The characters come fully to vivid life with wonderful character arcs and interactions, overlapping the original cast and new performers that more fully bridges the two generations.”

Screen Rant – Molly Freeman

“All in all, there is plenty that does work in The Last Jedi. Johnson has helped usher this latest Star Wars trilogy into new territory that not only brings plenty of fresh ideas to the table, but honors the original movies as well. And the writer-director has done so with such breathtaking visuals and a deft hand that it’s not hard to see why Lucasfilm would give him his own Star Wars trilogy. Johnson has not only met what were undeniably high expectations with his installment in one of the biggest movie franchises in history, he’s exceeded them. As The Force Awakens proved with its success in 2015, Star Wars is a massively beloved franchise, and The Last Jedi elevates what was already a storied sci-fi/fantasy saga – and sets expectations even impossibly higher for Abrams’ return to the trilogy with Episode IX.”

EW – Chris Nashawaty

“All in all, there is plenty that does work in The Last Jedi. Johnson has helped usher this latest Star Wars trilogy into new territory that not only brings plenty of fresh ideas to the table, but honors the original movies as well. And the writer-director has done so with such breathtaking visuals and a deft hand that it’s not hard to see why Lucasfilm would give him his own Star Wars trilogy. Johnson has not only met what were undeniably high expectations with his installment in one of the biggest movie franchises in history, he’s exceeded them. As The Force Awakens proved with its success in 2015, Star Wars is a massively beloved franchise, and The Last Jedi elevates what was already a storied sci-fi/fantasy saga – and sets expectations even impossibly higher for Abrams’ return to the trilogy with Episode IX.”

Of course, not all reviews can be positive. There are always a few sticks in the mud, and for the sake of at least seeing what these guys had to say, we figured we’d gather a couple of them, including everyone’s favorite online hater, Kyle Smith, who proudly wears the badge as the critic who hates the second highest number of films reviewed — basically he gets off on thrashing films — and this is no exception.

National Review – Kyle Smith

“Compared to Gareth Edwards’s somber-but-effective direction of Rogue One, Johnson’s tone is jarring, as are his choices to give characters never-before-seen powers — conducting transgalactic telepathic Skype calls, flying through space like Mary Poppins. These scenes, strange as they are, get topped in eyeball-scalding pointlessness when the rebel Finn (John Boyega) and a sidekick (Kelly Marie Tran) visit an Abu Dhabi–like pleasure planet of gambling dens and arms dealers and destroy its casino by rampaging through on a herd of giant animals that look like longhorn llamas.”

Slant Magazine – Sam C. Mac

“For those hoping that there may have been a substantial uptick in quality between J.J. Abrams’s The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi—in much the same way that The Empire Strikes Back improved on Star Wars—you may need a new hope. The latest entrant in this now-Disney-owned franchise is largely content to further the themes and narrative strategies of its predecessor: Johnson, a filmmaker who proved capable of crafting individualistic, tightly wound sci-fi with 2012’s Looper, too often seems to think that the best he can bring to Star Wars is an amped-up version of Abrams’s overly reverent tribute to George Lucas’s original films.”


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SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes

  • TheOct8pus

    I just read a positive review by some guy named Joe Jammer something… he sold me on this “Star Wars” business

    • Jeedai Infidel

      What are these “star wars” that you speak of?

  • Moby85

    Luckily I haven’t had the film spoiled with any of the reviews I’ve read yet. However, fans commenting on the review section – while being courteous in not actually spoiling things – everywhere are referencing ominous spoilers that give them “depression” and “a bad feeling about this” for better, or probably worse, I can’t tell if that’s fanboy rage from that subsection that is never pleased by anything or if there are serious gripes to where the film goes.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.