Reviews for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment of the “Skywalker Saga,” dropped today, and they were… not kind. Granted, director/co-writer J.J. Abrams had a tall order in crafting a film that would not only conclude this new trilogy that began with The Force Awakens, but also serve as a conclusion to the films from the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. That’s a lotta stuff, and provides a number of options for ways in which you could go. I haven’t seen Rise of Skywalker yet, but it sounds like Abrams chose “all of the ways.”
But the Rise of Skywalker Rotten Tomatoes score of 52% (ouch) got us thinking—how does it compare to the Rotten Tomatoes scores of the other Star Wars movies? All of them? Now, Rotten Tomatoes is not the ultimate arbiter of quality, and its system is inherently flawed. An RT score doesn’t take into account passion, only “like/dislike,” so a film with a score of 99% may only have a ton of “liked it” reviews, while a film with a score of, say, 91% may have significantly more “this is a masterpiece” reviews, but the level of “like” isn’t reflected in that score.
At best, Rotten Tomatoes is a bit of a roadmap that provides a broad overview of the response to a film, so in that regard it’s interesting to look back and see how critics reviewed all the previous Star Wars movies.
So below, we’ve ranked the Star Wars movies according to Rotten Tomatoes scores. Rise of Skywalker is in dead last. The Last Jedi, meanwhile, continues to age like a fine wine and I highly suggest anyone who liked or disliked that movie to rewatch it again in the context of Rise of Skywalker. Just as a piece of filmmaking, it is astoundingly good.
So without further ado, here’s how the Star Wars movies stack up according to critics.