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Although there is a strict review embargo surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's not going to stop fans and critics alike gushing all over the collective Internet with enthused post-viewing splendor.

This Monday was the Hollywood premiere, and, just like death and taxes, we were guaranteed a strong reaction. Such is the level of excitement for the first Star Wars in a decade, trying to contain feedback is about as likely as containing an atomic bomb in a jar made of plasticine.

Critics and Hollywood stars were out in Force to share their views of the movie on Twitter. Below is a collection of some of the best reactions:

Epic, Awesome and Perfect

Rainn Wilson dressed up for the event (Twitter)
Rainn Wilson dressed up for the event (Twitter)

The Office star Rainn Wilson went the full hog and dressed up for the event, which he attended with his son. His reaction was glowing:

Writer of ABC's The Goldbergs Adam Goldberg ranked the film as second best in the entire franchise, in between Empire Strikes Back (1st) and A New Hope (3rd). He also admitted to getting a little teary during the screening:

Rebecca Keegan, film critic at LA Times, also thoroughly enjoyed the film:

As if attending the press screening wasn't enough to make fans green with envy, she also posted a picture of the afterparty:

Where Does It Rank?

The Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Return of the Jedi (1983)

Collider's editor-in-chief, Steven Weintraub, believes this is the best Star Wars film since 1983, or possibly 1980, ranking it either his second or third favorite incarnation. He tweeted:

Eric Vespe, of Ain't It Cool News, believes this is the best since 1983, despite having some small failings:

Making It Old School

It also looks like J.J. Abrams has managed to recapture the magic of older incarnations – a number of reactions claim the movie has an old-school feel to it, much like the original trilogy.

Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times commented:

While Shona Rhimes said:

Although official reviews are on hold until Wednesday, I feel in some sense it's almost preferable to judge the film on early reaction, rather than an in-depth review. Especially for those who like to go and see the movie with a completely blank slate.

Reactions from Days Gone By

The premiere of A New Hope
The premiere of A New Hope

However, be warned. Although the reaction has been extremely positive, it's not always the best indicator of how the film will stand the test of time. The first of the prequels, The Phantom Menace, is generally regarded as the poorest of the six previous by fans.

Just take a look at the video below from the premiere in 1999. General reaction was borderline hysterical (apart from the guy at the end who wants a public apology from Lucas himself).

Perhaps this is a sign we all need to take a few days to absorb our first viewing before reflecting on its lasting quality...

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is released on December 18th



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