By Cody Roark
The newest installment of the famed Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was comes to theaters on December 20, 2019. The rotten tomatoes and Metacritic scores have now been released for the new film. Unfortunately, the force may not be strong with this one.
The critic consensus on Rotten Tomatoes was this, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.” Not all bad comments from Rotten Tomatoes, once the fan reviews start coming in over the next week the score will change. If the movie is as fan-focused as described then those fans may very well save the movie’s score, despite the lack of imagination.
The Rotten Tomatoes score is currently at 56% derived from 117 reviews. The Metacritic score is sitting at 53% based upon 39 critic reviews. This is the lowest score any of the new Star Wars films have received since Disney acquired the popular franchise back in 2012.
One of the positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes says, “The Rise of Skywalker earns much of its affection with cameos, callbacks and other candy that will be best savored upon repeat viewings.” While a negative review stated, “The Rise of Skywalker is a fitting epitaph for the thrills and limits of repetition; may it be the last episode of a saga that should’ve ended long ago.”
Overall, the reviews from both platforms are quite split. There is definitely hope for Star Wars fans to enjoy the movie. With such a divided review pool, the only real way for viewers to come to a decision will be to just go see the movie for themselves.
If the conclusion to the Skywalker saga does happen to flop, the franchise will still be able to redeem itself as there are more movies to come. After taking a break over the next two years, the next Star Wars movie is slated for December 2022. The only current info on it is that it will be taking a step away from the Skywalker family saga to go a different path in a galaxy far, far away.