Daisy Ridley’s New Movie isn’t Star Wars But Already Holds a Better Rotten Tomatoes Score Than The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley's recently released film has already surpassed her 2019 Star Wars film in terms of ratings!

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  • Daisy Ridley is an iconic actress most commonly associated with the role of Rey in the Star Wars franchise.
  • Portraying the role over three films, Daisy Ridley's character received mixed reviews and the films also had average ratings.
  • On the other hand, Ridley's latest film, titled Young Woman and the Sea, has already received a rating higher than her 2019 film, The Rise of Skywalker!
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Daisy Ridley aka Rey from the Star Wars franchise, has gotten some criticism for her name throughout the years since she joined the franchise. Starring alongside notable names such as Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, Ridley has not received “good reviews”, so to speak.

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Daisy Ridley in a still from the Star Wars franchise | Lucasfilm

Despite starting off her career in Star Wars: The Force Awakens on a positive note, the actress was indeed praised for her performance. However, Ridley also received some form of criticism for her acting. Well, her recent film, which was released just now, has a higher score on Rotten Tomatoes than The Rise of Skywalker!

Daisy Ridley’s Latest Film Has Earned A Higher Rating Than Star Wars!

Starring in a 2024 film titled Young Woman and the Sea, Daisy Ridley portrays the role of Trudy Ederle. A woman born to immigrant parents in New York City in 1905, she eventually overcomes adversity and the patriarchal society by becoming the first woman to ever swim the English Channel!

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Daisy Ridley in Young Woman and the Sea | Walt Disney Pictures

With an inspiring story at the heart of the film, Young Woman and the Sea received critical acclaim and worldwide love. Ridley was also heavily praised for her role in the film. Although the film received rave reviews, fans couldn’t help but notice one thing about the film.

Young Woman and the Sea was released on 31 May in the U.S. and is currently playing in the U.S. for a limited time in theaters. Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker was released in 2019. Daisey Ridley’s 2024 film currently stands at a rating of 84% Critics Score and a whopping 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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On the other hand, her 2019 film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, received a critic score of 51% and an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes! This means that the recently released film has already surpassed The Rise of Skywalker in terms of its ratings!

Although there might be some reasons for the low ratings of the 2019 movie, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy created some controversy with her statements! Attacking the fanbase with genderism, Kennedy claimed that Star Wars fans were toxic to female characters!

Kathleen Kennedy Thinks Fans Are Toxic To Female Characters

It could be somewhat true that some Star Wars fans may indeed be toxic to some female characters. With the franchise coming to terms with the modern world and how it has to adapt, Kennedy wants it to be more suitable for the new generation of Star Wars fans.

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Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd.
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Kathleen Kennedy, who is the president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement that the Star Wars fandom was toxic to female characters!

I think a lot of the women who step into Star Wars struggle with [toxic fandom attacks] a bit more. Because of the fan base being so male dominated, they sometimes get attacked in ways that can be quite personal.

She further continued,

Operating within these giant franchises now, with social media and the level of expectation — it’s terrifying.

Although her statement got fans in an uproar, the point of female representation in the Star Wars franchise stands correct. Daisy Ridley, who wants to return to the Star Wars franchise at some point again, may have gotten the hope that she needed with Kathleen Kennedy’s statements.

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On the other hand, Ridley’s recently released film Young Woman and the Sea is currently screening in theaters in the U.S.

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.