If you want a spoiler-free zone then this is definitely the article you're looking for. No spoilers lie ahead!
We're currently at an uncomfortable point in which many movie critics and hardcore Star Wars fans have seen The Force Awakens, but many more others have not. This means that the Internet is rife with spoilers and unsavory individuals seeking to spoil the movie for the masses. Fortunately I've seen the movie and I'm safe from spoilers, but not everyone is so lucky.
If you haven't been the victim of a spoiler attack then congratulations and good luck!
But I know what you're here for. The official reviews for Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens are in and the seventh Star Wars movie came out looking fantastic!
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the combined critics reviews average out at about 95% and while this is 2% lower than the immediate ratings, it's still remarkable!
Rotten Tomatoes also list the general critics consensus as:
"Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy."
Fortunately for director, writer and Star Wars super-fan J.J. Abrams, it seems his addition to the Star Wars franchise has successfully survived the first wave of reviews, with incredible consensus!
So what was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens up against and how did they fare? Well according to Rotten Tomatoes it's main competitors for opening night were Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Sisters, which scored 11% and 76%, respectively. So unsurprisingly, it looks as though The Force Awakens forced their competition out of the game!
The ultimate reviews for Star Wars, as listed on Rotten Tomatoes, are as follows.
Simon Miraudo, Student Edge:
"John Boyega's Finn - the reformed Stormtrooper with a heart of gold - whoops in delight throughout J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who could blame him?"
Jack Giroux, Bullz-Eye.com:
"Even before Han and Chewie appear - and what a wonderful reveal it is - The Force Awakens is undeniably a Star Wars movie."
Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine:
"A near perfect Star Wars film that regular fans and fanatics alike have been waiting for, but it suffers by slavishly sticking to the tropes from the original and doesn't strive to go off script."
Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray:
"If we can't have an original story, in the purest sense, or even original characters, we're asked to be content with a Star Wars film that's aesthetically rich, lovingly made and true to the meat and potatoes storytelling fundamentals of old."
Congratulations, J.J. Abrams, you've done justice to an iconic franchise with a contribution which lives up to the Star Wars brand, and in the process made a movie which draws a new generation into the warm embrace of the sci-fi genre and Star Wars family.
Have another look at the trailer for 'Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens'.