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The good news is that all the reviews are positive for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie and there is particular praise for JJ Abrams’s direction and guidance.

There is always the danger for a movie that gets hyped so much as Star Wars 7 did that the audience and reviewers will feel it does not live up to expectations. So it was a relief to us that it got extremely good reviews although of course it is not all perfect. Some of the reviews as you will see have noted some of these but many reviewers seem so relieved that their childhood favorite film is very good they perhaps gushed a little!

When you get to see it yourself do let us know your thoughts but bear in mind any that contain real spoilers, will not be allowed. We have already stopped one fool from trying to spoil it for others!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘s first theatrical release has already happened for some places in the world, in some English speaking places like Australia or UK it is released in the early hours of tomorrow, December 17th 2015, US and Canada release is from December 18th 2015.

5New York Times

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey (Daisy Ridley) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by Manohla Dargis

You could call Mr Abrams a love child of Mr Lucas and Mr Spielberg, born in the blockbuster world they helps make.

Mr Abrams is still trying to transcend the worst of the blockbuster imperative, but with “The Force Awakens”, he shows that he hasn’t stopped learning and that the lessons have begun to pay off.

He hasn’t made a film only for true believes; he has made a film for everyone (well, almost).

Rating: 4.5 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review

4Los Angeles Times

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by Kenneth Turan

Though a definite improvement on the last three abortive Star Wars prequels directed by series creator George Lucas, The Force Awakens is only at its best in fits and starts, its success dependent on who of its mix of franchise veterans and first-timers is on the screen.

That hit-and-miss quality was likely unavoidable given that Abrams and company needed to please different masters and satisfy diverse audiences in this story (set 30 years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi).

Rating: 4 stars From our reading of the review Full Review

3The Guardian (UK)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by Peter Bradshaw

The Force Awakens re-awoke my love of the first movie and turned my inner fanboy into my outer fanboy. There are very few films which leave me facially exhausted after grinning for 135 minutes, but this is one.

The Force Awakens does not, in the way of other franchises, feel the need to be “dark” – having of course repudiated the dark side. It basically powers along on a great surging riptide of idealism and optimism, that family-movie ethic which some have derided for killing off the dystopian tradition of sci-fi.

Rating: 3 stars Full Review

2Entertainment Weekly

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by Leah Greenblatt

JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens delivers exactly what you want it to: rollicking adventure wrapped in epic mythology, a perfect amount of fan service that fires your geekiest synapses, and a just-right cliffhanger ending that paves the way for future installments.

When The Force Awakens ends, it feels bittersweet simply because you so badly want to get to the next chapter. So, yes, the wait is over. But now a new waiting game begins…

Rating: 4.5 Stars, From our reading of the review, rated B+ Full Review

1Fresno Bee

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey (Daisy Ridley) ©2015 Lucasfilm, photo by David James

Star Wars: The Force Awakens review by Rick Bentley

Using comedy in a perfect amount, as in this movie, is a reminder to the audience that this is a film designed to be fun.

The tiniest flaw in the film is that Kasdan and Abrams relied too much on Star Wars: A New Hope creating a lot of parallels.

[Abrams has] built a movie that will satisfy die-hard fans and convert those new to this world. The “Force” is incredibly strong with this one.

Rating: 4.5 Stars Full Review