In the wake of Solo‘s review embargo, critics soon reached the consensus that the Ron Howard-directed Star Wars movie was a fun, if flawed expansion of the world-famous space opera, bolstered by standout performances from both Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover.
And sure enough, Rotten Tomatoes has crunched the numbers to reveal that, after 86 reviews counted, Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently hovering at around 72 percent on the movie aggregator’s database, while Lucasfilm has also pumped out another four character posters designed to bring the film’s biggest names to the (Sabacc) table. Quite literally, as it were.
On the Rotten Tomatoes front, Solo actually finds itself pretty low on the Star Wars chart – only Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace have scored lower – but the official logline still promises a fast-paced adventure.
A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.
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And for those interested in how Solo stacks up, Ron Howard’s origin story is by no means the highest-rated Star Wars film on RT – that distinction belongs to 1980’s Empire Strikes Back, which still boasts a score of 95 percent even after all these years. Here’s a full rundown of the Lucasfilm franchise in order of release, courtesy of IGN:
Solo: A Star Wars Story – 72%
Stars Wars: The Last Jedi – 91%
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85%
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 93%
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – 79%
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – 66%
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – 55%
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – 80%
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 95%
Star Wars: A New Hope – 93%
Solo: A Star Wars Story shoots for theaters on May 25th, and when it does, industry analysts predict a record-setting $150M opening in North America. Either way, the Lucasfilm anthology pic will undoubtedly own Memorial Day weekend, easily surpassing the domestic debuts of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($139.8M) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($126.9M).
Source: Rotten Tomatoes