Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker Predictably Controversial Early Reactions

The first reactions to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are here, running the gamut from horrified to amazed, as expected for the final film of the trilogy.
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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker had its world premiere in Hollywood tonight, leading to the first online reactions. As the upper echelon of film actors and critics alike gathered together to witness the end of the 42-year old saga, the rest of us held our breath in anticipation of their thoughts. The full-length reviews will arrive on December 18th, in preparation for the December 20th opening, but for now there’s tweets.

Naturally, there are a good deal of effusive and ecstatic reactions for The Rise of Skywalker, which must come as a relief to those who feared another all-out war over Star Wars opinions. Perhaps some may go a little overboard, but in general they paint the picture of a satisfied audience and homage paid to hardcore fans.

The Rise of Skywalker Critics

But on the other hand, not everyone claims that The Rise of Skywalker is the best Star Wars film yet. Some viewers were less than impressed, finding various elements (which cannot yet be discussed) disappointing. Some thought there was too much fan service, and others felt there was too much action.

Nobody’s perfect, and no movie can please everyone. But does The Rise of Skywalker try too hard to do so? We’ll have to wait until we see for ourselves, but the only guarantee is that no two Star Wars reactions will be the same.


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Tatiana Hullender

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