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Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Action-packed end of iconic series falls short of greatness.

Movie PG-13 2019 141 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 85 parent reviews

age 12+

Pushing agendas

I missed the hullabaloo about the women kissing at the end and wish I wouldn't have. It's more than just brief. There's an angle change and loses it but then changes again and it continues through that scene. It's confusing for little kids and completely unnecessary. There didn't need to be any kissing from anyone, really. The movie itself is okay. I've always enjoyed star wars, but I'm not a buff that is critical on the plot. The movie itself is enjoyable to watch. There is another strong kiss between Rey and Ben that is off putting for kids but it does make sense with the storyline. I've always liked that star wars wasn't really bloody, so I'm not sure why they needed to change that, so there's a but of that in the movie too. We let our kids watch a lot of stuff when it comes to fighting and such, but put on the breaks with any sexy scenes.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
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age 14+
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (85 ):
Kids say (241 ):

Technically slick and impressively performed, this final installment is definitely entertaining, but the considerable fan service and nostalgic callbacks make it less epic than we might have hoped. Audiences will marvel at the elaborate set pieces, the plentiful Easter eggs, and the intricately choreographed battle sequences (the storyboarding must have been amazing). The talented stars are all back -- even the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Hopefully they were so bountifully compensated that they can now go on to long careers doing whatever film they want. It's telling, though, that of Driver's three big roles in 2019 (alongside Marriage Story and The Report), this is his least extraordinary. That's because, despite the buddy-adventure humor of the Poe-and-Finn storyline, the fascinating plot revelations (no spoilers here!), and the Game of Thrones-style intrigue, the story and writing can occasionally become unwieldy as director J.J Abrams overstuffs the movie that signals the end of an era.

Speaking for those who don't possess encyclopedic knowledge of every character name and subplot of the three Skywalker trilogies, it's possible to enjoy this film without total recall of the earlier movies -- but those who do remember the meaning of particular characters, species, locations, and vehicles will feel extra rewarded. To spell those particulars out would be to spoil several applause-worthy moments, but if moviegoers have the time, they might re-watch The Empire Strikes Back, Revenge of the Sith, and The Last Jedi to maximize their understanding of the story in Episode IX. The best part of Rise of Skywalker might be the satisfying nostalgia, but it's ultimately about another central trio of friends with sketchy backgrounds (a former scavenger, a Stormtrooper, and a spice runner) who answered a higher calling for themselves, the Force, and the galaxy.

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