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A Spoiler-Free STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Critical Reaction Roundup

Earlier this week, the world-at-large got their first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the big premiere screening at Hollywood, but with a strict vow of silence for those in attendance. So we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Will the long-awaited movie live up to the astronomical levels of hype it’s received? Well, things are looking good, Padawans. We’ve compiled the best non-spoilery reactions from the first wave of reviews rolling in, including our own. NO SPOILERS! We promise. From praise for the new cast, to nods to the original trilogy, we’ll take a look at the general consensus amongst critics who got an early look at the J.J. Abrams film and the adventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe.

Join Jessica Chobot as we sum up critical reactions to the film, why we’ve got our hopes up for the return of original trilogy characters, and why we’re looking forward to Episode VIII on today’s Nerdist News.

Thanks for watching today’s episode! Follow all of our Star Wars coverage at #NerdistAwakens, and in case you missed it, check out today’s episode of The Dan Cave, where Dan Casey has the scoop on how Steven Spielberg made $40 million on the original Star Wars.

Let us know in the comments if you’re dying to see The Force Awakens. What do you think it’ll take for a new Star Wars movie to be better than the original trilogy?

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