“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” reviews are starting to emerge, with Tuesday’s lifting of the review embargo. And earth’s film-critic population has a lack of consensus about it that might seem surprising.
“The Last Jedi” is a big, big target, as well as the very definition of a film that’s review-proof. The film, the last with Carrie Fisher, will do gigantic business no matter what crtics say.
On RottenTomatoes.com, the film has a 93 percent fresh rating so far, with 128 out of 137 reviews giving it a mostly glowing assessment worthy of a great Chewbacca roar.
All the same, that means there are some less-than-glowing reviews that making the rounds.
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Here’s how the national media critics are breaking it down.
Raves: The Force will be with you. Always.
The Guardian gets downright gushy, in a quote-review-blurb kind of way, calling the film “An explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions.”
People takes a more populist approach, judging “The Last Jedi” to be “Rebellious, Bold, and Bound to Please Fans.”
Mixed: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
On the mixed side, Entertainment Weekly awards “The Last Jedi” a B+ rating – but still hedges a bit with a headline that calls the film “(mostly) a triumph.” Similarly, the BBC review focuses more on negatives than positives before finally concluding, “…just when I thought the entire Star Wars series was running on fumes, it seems to be getting going, too.”
Pans: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
Meanwhile, CNN calls the film “a significant letdown” that even the return of Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill can’t save. Skywalker’s re-emergence “doesn’t ignite as anticipated,” leading to a verdict that “The Last Jedi” is “less than the sum of its parts.”
Variety echoes that assessment, calling the two-and-a-half-hour film “a disappointment…the longest and least essential chapter in the series.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will turn up on theater screens starting Thursday night.