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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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    It started to feel like a greatest hits compilation...bringing out what everyone knows...handsomely-constructed and entertaining as it was, there was an element of pandering to what the perceived fans wanted...
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    James KendrickQ Network Film Desk
    fundamentally a nostalgia machine, drawing heavily on the iconography and narrative beats of the original trilogy but with just enough of twists that it feels relatively new
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    Samuel R. MurrianParade Magazine
    This is a submissive, sloppy apology for a terrific movie. This is a series apologizing for itself when it didn't need to. Which just feels embarrassing.
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    Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today
    The best Star Wars episode since The Empire Strikes Back. With as much nostalgia as new story content, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rose to the occasion full force. (Pun intended) - ignore the haters.
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    Katie HoganShe Likes Movies
    After delivering such a brilliant cinematic masterpiece, Rian Johnson's excellent story telling was ignored, negated and just plain disrespected by JJ.
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    Damian LevyJamaica Gleaner
    Reverts some of the brilliant subversions of The Last Jedi. It does so in a way that feels punitive, almost as if to change is an offensive notion for the biggest movie franchise in history.
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    Pete Vonder HaarHouston Press
    It's hard to believe, at the culmination of 42 years and nine movies, that the last three would be essentially improvisational exercises by all directors concerned.
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    MaryAnn JohansonFlick Filosopher
    Kudos to J.J. Abrams for doing something extraordinary: he has made me not care about Star Wars for the first time ever. I'm kind of relieved that it's over, because it has stopped being fun.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a good tentpole movie for the holiday season and a fun Star Wars movie that ends on a high.
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    Holly EdwardsFilm Inquiry
    Ultimately, this is a disappointing film on many fronts, mostly due to some seriously flawed storytelling that should not have been given the green light.
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