Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.

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The battle between the Jedi and the Sith comes to a thrilling conclusion in this final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. A year following the events of The Last Jedi, the remaining members of the Resistance are forced to confront their past while taking on the First Order one more time.

Cast

Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Adam Driver
as Kylo Ren
Oscar Isaac
as Poe Dameron
Richard E. Grant
as Allegiant Gen. Pryde
Lupita Nyong'o
as Maz Kanata
Keri Russell
as Zorii Bliss
Joonas Suotamo
as Chewbacca
Ian McDiarmid
as Emperor Palpatine
Billy Dee Williams
as Lando Calrissian
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

All Critics (478) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (246) | Rotten (232)

  • It is trying to accomplish a lot, because it has to tie up every plotline. It has to involve every character. It has to has to take you to every planet... And so, in trying to cram in all of that, it feels very cursory and very rushed.

    March 13, 2020 | Rating: 5.3/10 | Full Review…
  • 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 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't do anything new or even terribly distinctive, but maybe it didn't have to. It just had to be good enough to stick the landing, and it does that.

    December 22, 2019 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • You sense in this film, J.J. [Abrams] shrinking that world... Everything in this franchise feels like a take back.

    December 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Rise of Skywalker entertains, it elicits laughters, and it makes you feel even as you snicker at some predictably basic and occasionally nonsensical story decisions.

    December 20, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brandon Katz

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  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • Mar 05, 2020
    J.J. Abrams returns to complete the third Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In the wake of Supreme Leader Snoke's death former emperor Palpatine announces his return, leading Rey and a group of rebels to go in search of the Sith world Exogol; where Palpatine and his fleet are staging an attack. Abrams and his writing team do a good job at correcting Rian Johnson's foul-ups in The Last Jedi, and at resolving the story threads begun in The Force Awakens. Additionally, Ian McDiarmid's return brings a new energy to the series and Carrie Fisher is worked into the film impressive well using previously unused footage. And the special effects and action scenes are incredibly well-done. While it's not the Star Wars film to ends all Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is an exciting and action-packed space adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2020
    Positives: Visual Effects and score Negatives: Acting, script, plot and relies on nostalgia from previous installments
    John H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Messy conclusion. This feels like a remake of Return of the Jedi. Safe filmmaking, with zero gambles. The first hour is tough, really tough to sit through. We're suppose to swallow a villain has been alive this whole time without any explanation. Things do ramp up towards the end, but Abrams and Disney have really nailed the coffin shut here. Uninspired and meaningless film, and it's a shame. The storyline is tedious and a stepping stone for the so called fanboy groups that called The Last Jedi a mess. This is a real mess. It's a shame Rian Johnson didn't write and direct this trilogy. This film has forced story beats, nothing flows. It's all for fan service, essentially box office glorification, Lucas never did this. Where's the risks? Disappointing conclusion after the great work done in The Last Jedi. What happened to the spark to ignite the rebels? What happened to the child at the end of the last film? Too many holes, and characters left to the side. Finn is here for no real reason. I wasn't a giant fan of the remake of Last Hope by Abrams, but at least it had some originality with set pieces. Disney's influence was obviously too much here. 20/12/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2020
    Best of the Last three with thrills, laughs and melancholy, the acting is very good especially Ridley and Driver. Gave me the nostalgia of the original trilogy which was during my childhood. A fitting way to end the current story! 12-27-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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