You may have to wait until Friday to see The Last Jedi, but you can know what the critics think right now. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes score has just gone live, and reviews are being added to it faster than Han Solo could make the Kessel Run.
However, even as the percentage fluctuates from minute to minute, the majority opinion is in: More than 90% of film critics thought the Star Wars sequel was good. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s sitting at a stellar 93% rating.
That’s fairly close to the final verdict — 94% — on The Empire Strikes Back, a film to which many critics have compared Episode VIII. While Rogue One is in the mid-80s, The Force Awakens rests at a comparable 93%, bolstering hopes that the new film will replicate the latter’s financial success.
However, these numbers aren’t set in stone and don’t truly reflect critical consensus — at least not yet. Amid some controversy surrounding the release of Justice League's score (which also drove home how impressive Wonder Woman’s top-rated superhero movie status is), Rotten Tomatoes has faced scrutiny over its positive-negative aggregator system, which has fired up a fair share of debates. Still, no one can doubt the impact that Rotten Tomatoes' score has on public perception of a film, and on how likely a moviegoer might be to purchase a ticket because of it.
In the end, though, this bodes well for Star Wars fans, as this strong opening out of the gate often leads to sustained positive reactions.