"Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga.
The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise".
The Guardian calls it "an explosive sugar rush of spectacle" possessing "a tidal wave of energy and emotion".
Variety, though, swims against the tide, describing it as "the longest and least essential chapter in the series".
Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late."
Writing in The Verge, Tasha Robinson tends to agree: "Audiences will likely come away from The Last Jedi with a lot of complaints and questions."
Released in the UK on Thursday, The Last Jedi sees Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega also return from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as do Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and trundling robot BB-8.
Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and relative newcomer Kelly Marie Tran are among the new cast additions, reports BBC.
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw calls her "terrifically good", while Digital Spy predicts she will "tear up Tumblr like nobody's business"..