In case you’ve been locked in an isolation ward for the last couple of years, you’ll be aware that Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi lands in cinemas this Friday.

Most of us mere mortals have to wait to see the film, but some lucky folks – critics mostly – have already seen it and, judging by the reviews currently stacking up on Metacritic, a lot of them thoroughly enjoyed it.

The LA Times, New York Post and the UK’s Daily Telegraph have been unequivocal in their praise, lavishing the film with perfect scores and gushing compliments over Rian Johnson’s work.

“Easily [the] most exciting iteration in decades,” Justin Chang of the LA Times says. “The first flat-out terrific “Star Wars” movie since 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.” It seizes upon Lucas’ original dream of finding a pop vessel for his obsessions — Akira Kurosawa epics, John Ford westerns, science-fiction serials — and fulfils it with a verve and imagination all its own.”

“It’s less Star Wars as you’ve never seen it than Star Wars as you’ve never felt it,” writes the Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin.

Not everyone was impressed, mind. The Toronto Globe & Mail’s Kate Taylor gave the film a 2-star rating, saying that the dialogue was ‘flat’ and sounded stilted coming out of the young cast’s mouths.

We’re deliberately not linking to the reviews just in case of spoilers, but if you’re interested, the Metacritic link is above. Check back tomorrow for our own review, courtesy of Clinton Matos, the bane of movie directors and game developers everywhere. Where most critics wield a scalpel, Clint usually uses a chainsaw.