The Rise of Skywalker reviews are in and they're divisive, to say the least. The review embargo has lifted as of today and the critics have been allowed to share their opinions on Lucasfilm and Disney's latest Star Wars entry. While the first reactions were allowed to hit social media on Monday night after the premiere, they were limited to posts and quick takes on the final installment in the Skywalker Saga. Now, more in-depth reviews have hit popular critical site Rotten Tomatoes, and it is sitting at a rotten score of 57% with critics. That low score can't be blamed on trolls this time around.

Rotten Tomatoes changed their way of doing things earlier this year when they decided to stop allowing user reviews before the movie hit theaters. Additionally, users have to be registered to post reviews in an effort to stop trolling, which hurt The Last Jedi and Solo, amongst others, on the site. Trolls would go through and review-bomb the movies, strictly because they hate Disney and Lucasfilm. While these changes are for the greater good, they do prove that The Rise of Skywalker isn't doing so hot with official registered critics.

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As of this writing, there are 151 registered reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for The Rise of Skywalker. The movie currently has an approval rating of 57%, which isn't exactly considered to be Fresh by any means. One of the things that all of the reviews seem to have in common is a criticism of the amount of fan service crammed into the movie. One reviewer says that The Star Wars sequel panders wildly and concludes the sequel trilogy "with a story that delivers to the faithful exactly the movie they wanted," which isn't exactly what everybody was hoping for. Ultimately, the review went on to say that much of the sacrifice seemed like a "cop-out."

There are a lot of critics who seemed to have really enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker. The words, "heartwarming" and "emotional," can be found in more than one review praising J.J. Abrams for bringing the story down for a smooth ending. Even in the negative reviews, the performances from Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver are widely praised for keeping the movie afloat. However, it all seems to come back to fan service, which critics either love or hate. Justin Chang from The Los Angeles Times had this to say about the movie.

"If The Rise of Skywalker serves any purpose, it's as a snapshot of what Disney, a First Order unto itself in the quest for global entertainment domination, thinks of the audience's intelligence. It isn't a flattering picture."

Scott Mendelsohn from Forbes was also brutally honest in his review of The Rise of Skywalker. According to Mendelsohn, it is a "bad movie and a miserable finale that serves no purpose other than to reassure adult fans of the original Star Wars that they are still the 'chosen ones' of the pop culture galaxy." That review is not alone. A quick glance through many of the official reviews for the threequel come up with the same conclusion: that the movie is a disjointed mess that doesn't really makes sense.

While even the positive reviews admit that The Rise of Skywalker has its faults, they do, for the most part, say that the good outweighs the bad. In the end, we're looking at a movie that may go down in history as being more divisive than The Last Jedi, which is something that not a lot of people saw coming, including Star Wars fans. Of course, all of these scores will change once the audience reviews go up tomorrow evening. You can head over to Rotten Tomatoes to check out some Star Wars 9 reviews.

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Kevin Burwick