Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Episode 9 will be the third and final installment of Disney's sequel trilogy starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, with director J.J. Abrams returning from 2015's The Force Awakens. Promising to bring the Skywalker saga to a definitive end, Rise begins a year after The Last Jedi. The Resistance faces the First Order once again, this time though as the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith nears its climax.

2019Rating: M, Violence142 minsUSA
AdventureScience FictionBlockbuster
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Though messy, the film is undeniably well crafted and entertaining.

3.0
2

Fan service isn't enough to rise over familiarity and laziness.

Star Wars. Episode IX. The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams. The dead speak! ... sigh The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Richard E. Grant, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver ... yeah you know the rest of the Star Wars cast. First off, this movie is more disappointing than enjoyable. As a "conclusion" to the...

2.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Mostly, it wraps things up quite neatly while rewarding your affection for the series, especially in a final shot that brings us back to where it all started quite beautifully.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

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...while it has some fun moments, solid performances and striking imagery, it’s simply too procedural and soulless to be anything more than adequate.

0
Newshub

Newshub

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It's the first half of the film which suffers the most from the breakneck speed of the overstuffed narrative, the many strands unravelling too quickly to fully connect with some big ticket reveals and moments. The second half is far more cohesive and for many fans the emotional pay-off delivered will be just what they needed.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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All up, it's a rousing, if frenetic and occasionally confused, finish to a series that has kept two generations of moviegoers company throughout their childhood and adolescence.

0
Stuff

Stuff

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So goodbye Star Wars. You have been rubbish. You have been exactly the glossy, noisy, good-natured and always lovingly assembled pile of rubbish I needed, sometimes, to shield me from the indignities of life. And I'm going to miss you like hell.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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The Rise of Skywalker is not perfect, and we may never truly recapture that original Star Wars' magic, but in this reviewer's eyes, balance has been restored to the Force.

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

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The Rise of Skywalker is another of those zillion-dollar franchise films where I felt embarrassed for the actors but pleased for them, too, because the money is no doubt amazing and will presumably free them to do things they care about.

1
The New York Times

The New York Times

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"The Rise of Skywalker" isn't a great "Star Wars" movie, but that may be because there is no such thing. That seems to be the way we like it.

0
Variety

Variety

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The Rise of Skywalker is, to me, the most elegant, emotionally rounded, and gratifying “Star Wars” adventure since the glory days of “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” (I mean that, but given the last eight films, the bar isn’t that high.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The massive jumble of standoffs, near-misses, tense confrontations, narrow escapes and slick victories, while momentarily exciting, can lack plausible motivation and credibility. More often than not, one wonders not so much what just happened but why, and what was at stake.

0
Time Out

Time Out

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It feels like a massive retrenchment—privately, a rebellion seems to have been fought and lost—and only the most loyal fans will be happy about it.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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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.

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

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Tries to fit in so much it threatens to tear apart at the seams, but ultimately rises to the impossible occasion.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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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.

5.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Mostly, it wraps things up quite neatly while rewarding your affection for the series, especially in a final shot that brings us back to where it all started quite beautifully.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...while it has some fun moments, solid performances and striking imagery, it’s simply too procedural and soulless to be anything more than adequate.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

It's the first half of the film which suffers the most from the breakneck speed of the overstuffed narrative, the many strands unravelling too quickly to fully connect with some big ticket reveals and moments. The second half is far more cohesive and for many fans the emotional pay-off delivered will be just what they needed.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

All up, it's a rousing, if frenetic and occasionally confused, finish to a series that has kept two generations of moviegoers company throughout their childhood and adolescence.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

So goodbye Star Wars. You have been rubbish. You have been exactly the glossy, noisy, good-natured and always lovingly assembled pile of rubbish I needed, sometimes, to shield me from the indignities of life. And I'm going to miss you like hell.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The Rise of Skywalker is not perfect, and we may never truly recapture that original Star Wars' magic, but in this reviewer's eyes, balance has been restored to the Force.

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

The Rise of Skywalker is another of those zillion-dollar franchise films where I felt embarrassed for the actors but pleased for them, too, because the money is no doubt amazing and will presumably free them to do things they care about.

1
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Rise of Skywalker" isn't a great "Star Wars" movie, but that may be because there is no such thing. That seems to be the way we like it.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The Rise of Skywalker is, to me, the most elegant, emotionally rounded, and gratifying “Star Wars” adventure since the glory days of “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” (I mean that, but given the last eight films, the bar isn’t that high.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The massive jumble of standoffs, near-misses, tense confrontations, narrow escapes and slick victories, while momentarily exciting, can lack plausible motivation and credibility. More often than not, one wonders not so much what just happened but why, and what was at stake.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It feels like a massive retrenchment—privately, a rebellion seems to have been fought and lost—and only the most loyal fans will be happy about it.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Tries to fit in so much it threatens to tear apart at the seams, but ultimately rises to the impossible occasion.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

5.0
0

Though messy, the film is undeniably well crafted and entertaining.

3.0
2

Fan service isn't enough to rise over familiarity and laziness.

Star Wars. Episode IX. The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams. The dead speak! ... sigh The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Richard E. Grant, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver ... yeah you know the rest of the Star Wars cast. First off, this movie is more disappointing than enjoyable. As a "conclusion" to the...

2.0
0