Reviews: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Crowning the end of an uninspired trilogy with a film lacking in integrity,
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: unnecessary exposition delivered with the pummeling speed of a tennis ball machine, colliding logic, lack of consequence for momentous setbacks and a sense of inevitability…makes J.J. Abrams’ capper to the original saga a disappointment.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The plotting is messy and full of missed opportunities, but the film is still a reasonably fun experience even if it doesn’t end the trilogy as strongly as it could have.
  • [New] | M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: J.J.Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the decades-old franchise, favoring an overload of visual spectacle, pandering to fanservice and feeding our nostalgia itch over an engagingly good story.
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: After 42 years, one of the most lasting stories of our time comes to a kind of conclusion while attempting to please everyone.
  • Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia
    • Excerpt: Right to the end, The Rise of Skywalker sways between the sublime and the ridiculous, the earned and the gauche.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director J.J. Abrams celebrates cinematic history by courting nostalgia and then amps up the spectacle.
  • Blake Howard @ Dark Horizons
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A craven capitulation to modern fandom’s most toxic impulses.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: There’s so much about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that promises to be super divisive to fans—like I said, it’s a wildly mixed bag.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: The Rise of Skywalker is the internet’s reward for complaining about the ingenuity, progress and power of director Rian Johnson’s previous Star Wars entry, The Last Jedi.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Abrams and company is sloppily pulling strings to reach their safe conclusion of sacrifice, faith, and convenience. It admittedly works regardless of whether it resonates.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: While elements certainly shine, surprisingly poor storytelling really hurts what could have been a grand finale.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: The toxic Star Wars fanboys are to blame for how trepidatious and unoriginal The Rise Of Skywalker turned out. While worth watching in theaters, there’s no confidence, no attempt in making new art.
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: In many peaks of scope and emotion, his movie achieves such finality. In others, overindulgence and disarray put question marks on the value or vindication of all this promised fulfillment.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: After watching Rise of Skywalker, it seems obvious that J.J. Abrams was royally pissed at Johnson’s movie. So, in the last Star Wars movie that will feature the ongoing space adventures of the Skywalkers, Abrams reversed – I think the kids call it retconning – just about everything Johnson established in Last Jedi.