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"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It's the final word on The Last Jedi as our podcast hosts and guest Hal Rudnick look back – now with the gift of time and cooler heads – on the divisive sci-fi epic.

by | March 11, 2021 | Comments

The Last Jedi

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In a year not so far, far away, one sci-fi epic divided fans like nothing that had come before – and more than three years later we still can’t stop talking about why.

For the latest episode of our podcast, Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong, we’re driving straight into Star Wars: The Last Jedi like a determined Vice Admiral Holdo on a hyperspace suicide mission, digging into all the on-screen and behind-the-scenes controversies, that epic Tomatmeter vs. Audience Score divide, the movie’s bold swings and risks, and asking – with our heads cooler and some time passed – how Rian Johnson’s film stacks up now the sequel trilogy is but a (very triggering) memory.

Joining hosts Mark Ellis and Jacqueline Coley in the throne room (or, um, the Zoom call on which we record this thing) is actor, comic, writer, and host Hal Rudnick, who – like just about everyone when it comes to TLJ – has some thoughts. Will he side with the critics who largely hailed Johnson’s vision a masterpiece? Or with the fans, many of whom thought it was a betrayal of everything they hold dear?

Or will he, you know, land somewhere in the middle – which is a totally reasonable and OK thing to do, right? Tune in to find out.

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Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”

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Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.

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