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Reviews: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: In tutta onestà, da Il risveglio della forza non potevamo attenderci di più. Dopo la rovinosa deviazione dei prequel, la direzione di marcia è di nuovo quella giusta: il futuro è ancora tutto da scrivere, ma le premesse sono incoraggianti.
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK.hr [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Solidan primjer prvoklasne holivudske zabave.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: I can see why so many Star Wars fans like The Force Awakens. After all, it’s an amalgamation of all the past Star Wars films rolled into one.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El que probablemente sea el estreno más esperado de la Historia del Cine llega para encandilar con su espectacular factura, su ritmo fluido y su diversión perfectamente medida y ajena a riesgos mayores. Una notable película de ciencia-ficción y aventuras, desde luego.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Like his protagonists at the controls of the Millennium Falcon, J.J. Abrams finds himself piloting what is arguably the most valuable and beloved franchise in Hollywood. At risk of setting too low a hurdle, he does not screw it up.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: A fun but shamelessly pandering cash grab.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Star Wars: The Force Awakens es mi película favorita del año. De primera instancia, diría que es la mejor entrega de la saga desde The Empire Strikes Back (1980). La misma no es perfecta, pero es el filme que sin duda necesitábamos, especialmente luego de las decepcionantes precuelas. Cómica, llena de acción y un fracatán de sentimiento, The Force Awakens logra el perfecto balance entre la nostalgia y la novedad – lo “old school” que amamos de la trilogía original, con los mejores elementos del cine de hoy día. La fuerza ha despertado nuevamente, y definitivamente es fuerte con esta entrega.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s a brilliant next step in the saga, and it leaves you wanting more… which is exactly what it needed to do. Now bring on Episode VIII!
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: J.J. Abrams rescusitates the series far more in keeping with the original trilogy than their creator George Lucas did with episodes I-III. The Saturday morning serial feel is back…
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: Has balance been restored to the Force…?
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: For its first thirty minutes or so, The Force Awakens is about as good as any Star Wars movie has ever been.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Handed the con on one of the most valuable movie franchises in history, director J.J. Abrams has the sense not to reinvent the wheel. Unlike the spectacularly disappointing “Star Wars” prequels which were directed by franchise creator George Lucas himself, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gives the fans what they wanted in the first place: more of the same.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [W]e can sense the film establishing itself as the backbone for a new narrative cycle. It’s a promising start.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com
    • Excerpt: The latest Star Wars could have been a generic reset for a series that mostly rested on decades-old laurels, but instead, it works hard to shed itself of its roots. The end result is simply wonderful.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was more than worth the wait as it delivers in every respect & will likely rocket to the year’s biggest (and possibly best) movie in spite of a late release as the temptation for multiple viewings is difficult to deny.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: J.J. Abrams’ exciting sci-fi adventure makrs a rebirth in exciting galactic entertainment.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Phil Hall @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It is easy to assume that Lucas sold the franchise to the Xerox Corporation – because the new film is nothing more than a weak photocopy of the 1977 classic and its 1980 follow-up.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The Force Awakens is a beautifully produced, solid, fast-paced and entertaining space adventure movie. But on some level, for all the familiar paraphernalia and exacting tribute, I felt like it was barely a Star Wars film, but rather just another imitation.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Sure wrapping up a present in a bright shiny package with a big red bow isn’t innovative, but gosh darn it, it sure is appealing, and that’s exactly what I love about this film.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Charts a path to a future that refuses to get mired in nostalgia. Yet all the Star Wars notes are here, remixed into a glorious new arrangement.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: J.J. Abrams reboots and cannibalizes Episode IV: A New Hope, but he launches a new superstar, Daisy Ridley.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Able to stir up chills, laughter, tears, and a childlike giddiness, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” is that rare kind of crowd-pleasing blockbuster, and we have Abrams to thank for salvaging everyone’s childhood.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: Only time will tell whether the first Star Wars film in ten years is a new day dawning or a dead-end, but right now, we’ve every right to be optimistic.
  • Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes audiences back emotionally and physically to a time when the simple son of moisture farmers rose to become one of the most important figures in the galaxy.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: The perfect way with which to kick off a new chapter in ‘Star Wars’ history.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: While Boyega and Driver show the capacity for inner struggle and personal demons, however, it’s Ridley who exudes the innocent genius Luke did decades ago. She’s strong, smart, and way beyond what anyone would assume a poor scavenger waiting for her family to return would prove.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: The Force is strong with this one.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Indeed, the hype is warranted and Abrams, the mastermind of the big-budget movie sequelitis, is in top form as he triumphantly presents ‘The Force Awakens’ on a prized silver platter designed for its surging golden moments of charged ebullience.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: J.J. Abrams brings his signature action and character depth to the beloved STAR WARS franchise, resulting in a movie that more than meets expectations.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s all true: Star Wars gets its mojo back in The Force Awakens, a real-deal sequel that represents a return to the franchise’s B-movie roots and perfectly captures the look, tone, and spirit (yes!) of the Original Trilogy in a way that series creator George Lucas failed to do in his prequels.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: It’s the kind of thing you can take the whole family to, and be sure of a good time. But even rarer, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a movie so of the moment, so aware and respectful of its power over audiences, that seeing it in theaters is guaranteed to be a treasured cinematic experience.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a red-blooded adventure, teeming with heavy atmosphere; filled with dread and wonderment, action and suspense, wondrous and fearsome creatures, magic and mayhem, but most importantly the human element. Abrams opens up the world of Star Wars and digs into its buried myths, reminding us that – in this world – the legacies of good and evil are generational, and are based in very human qualities.
  • Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I would be lying if I told you that Episode VII doesn’t also come with its fair share of disappointment.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] The magic is gone from the “Star Wars” franchise. It has been for a very long time.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Exhilarating, if highly derivative…an enjoyable throwback that is largely content to replicate its models rather than taking the narrative in any significantly new direction.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Updated: February 11, 2016 — 9:08 pm
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