Star Wars The Force Awakens receives rave reviews

George Lucas, JJ Abrams, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart

Critics have hailed the new Star Wars:The Force Awakens movie as a triumph.

UK newspapers published their reviews this week with the Daily Telegraph and The Times both awarding the film five stars.

The Times critic Kate Muir said: "Adults will be floored by tearful nostalgia because this is a classic."

The Daily Mail's Brian Viner described The Force Awakens as "a triumph of escapism and the most exhilarating film yet in this mighty franchise".

The Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who admitted to crying three times, said director JJ Abrams and his team had "taken a slightly tattered franchise and restored its sense of magic and myth".

Harrison Ford is "terrific", he says, giving pilot Han Solo "a sardonic, rough-chinned world-weariness that's perhaps not entirely acting".

The Daily Mirror, John Hiscock wrote: "All I can say is The Force Awakens evokes magical memories of 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with plenty of humour, action, drama and heart."

Christopher Wooton in the Independent gave the film four stars and said: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens is actually probably objectively the best Star Wars yet, and would be held up as untouchable had it come first."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in the UK and Ireland on 17 December and 18 December in US.