Certain Star Wars "fans" in 2017: "The critics are stupid and probably SJWs. The Last Jedi is obviously franchise-destroying garbage. Rian Johnson is a hack and Kathleen Kennedy is the devil. Yadda yadda."
Same Star Wars "fans" in 2019: "LOL. Mediocre score from critics. Yet another Nu-Wars fail. I guess the Disney checks didn't clear this time, amirite? Yadda yadda."
When it comes to certain "fans," critic scores are to be either dismissed out of hand or taken as gospel, depending on how it fits their narrative. Me? I realize that critics tend to review films not as fans but as, well, critics. They'll knock points off a film if they don't like the writing, cinematography, acting, and/or other elements of a film. Few of them judge a film first and foremost by its entertainment value. Lots of people still enjoy Episodes I & II despite similar review scores to Episode IX (this seems to be increasingly the case for people who dislike Disney-era Star Wars, even if they talked shit about the prequels back when they were new). This seems to be a movie "for the fans, not necessarily the critics." Indeed, there are tons of movies enjoyed unironically by millions of people despite middling reviews from critics. They may not be Oscar-caliber cinema, but what they are is entertaining. I feel this shall be the case with Rise of Skywalker. I have a ticket for tomorrow night, and I'm going again Saturday with some friends. There hasn't been a single Disney-era Star Wars film I haven't liked so far, and I doubt that will change after tomorrow night.
P.S.: If you're someone who I've already had a back-and-forth with in other threads about this subject as it pertains to Star Wars, I said my peace to you in those threads. I have nothing more to say to you. You know where I stand.