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A sampling of what critics are saying about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie releases in the U.S. on Dec. 18, 2015.
This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie releases in the U.S. on Dec. 18, 2015. AP

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the first new live-action “Star Wars” film in 10 years and first from Disney, which bought its creator George Lucas’ Lucasfilm in 2012. “Awakens” – or “Episode VII” – revisits the core story, involving Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), from the 1970s and ’80s films.

Here is a compilation of movie reviews, if you are interested before going into the theater to see the legendary story.

(Go here to find Sacramento area theaters showing “The Force Awakens” and movie times)

The Sacramento Bee’s Carla Meyer

Movie review: Latest ‘Star Wars’ awakens nostalgia

The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan

Review: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' covers all its bases but soars only in certain places

Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' review: Old friends and a first-rate heroine in the making

Time Magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek

Review: “The Force Awakens” Is Everything You Could Hope for in a “Star Wars” Movie—and Less

Parade Magazine’s Neil Pond

Review: ‘Star Wars’ comes roaring and soaring back

Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Cary Darling

Review: ‘Star Wars’ awakens with great force

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Director: J.J. Abrams

Rated PG-13 (sci-fi action violence)

135 minutes

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