Only days before the film hit theaters, The Last Jedi's score on Rotten Tomatoes debuted at 96%, making it the highest rating of all the films in the Star Wars saga. The film has dropped a few percentage points, now sitting at 93%, but it also earned another coveted distinction, with the Critics' Choice organization bestowing the film with its Seal of Distinction.
The achievement comes from the Broadcast Film Critics Association who only award the seal to films of the highest regard, with writer/director Rian Johnson's entry into the saga earning the coveted accolade.
The film has earned praise from a variety of sources with one of the regular themes being cheered is the film's fearlessness to disrupt the status quo of the Star Wars saga and deliver audiences the unexpected.
Our own review of the film claims it "is what the franchise should be in a post-George Lucas world. Instead of following the expectations of fans who grew up with the saga, The Last Jedi forges new ground with head-spinning plot twists and endearing characters."
IGN echoed these sentiments in their review, which reads, "Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) tells Rey (Daisy Ridley), 'This is not going to go the way you think.' That line proves to be true for just about every plot thread, every scene, every moment in the entire movie. Writer/director Rian Johnson packs the eighth episode in the Skywalker saga with genuine surprises of all kinds, which all amount to a thrilling, emotional, and funny film that is easily the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back."
Interestingly, the film has earned vast amounts of positive reviews from critics, but the general public isn't connecting with it in quite the same way.
Despite the anticipation to see the film, the current audience approval score is only 57%
The response from critics and fans don't seem to have an impact on the financial success of the film, which appears to be on track to earn $200+ million in the next few days.
The Last Jedi is in theaters now.