• Network: Disney+
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 31, 2022
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Reviewed by: Maggie Lovitt
    Sep 20, 2022
    100
    Andor rises to meet the challenge of telling the story of the early days of the Rebellion through the eyes of a man who hasn’t fully come into his own yet.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Sep 20, 2022
    100
    This is the Star Wars series you’re looking for. Don’t sleep on it.
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Sep 20, 2022
    95
    With a stellar cast and clever storytelling, the hope that there’s more to Star Wars than Skywalker stories continues to grow with the absolutely magnificent Andor.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew James Myers
    Sep 20, 2022
    92
    It's all much more complicated than it needs to be, but at least Andor commits to building an expansive, self-contained world rather than plopping down on Tatooine yet again. Thankfully this hyper-local focus finally pays off in the third episode. ... Andor makes you want to enlist in the Rebellion.
  5. 90
    Andor swerves by refusing to make Cassian blandly noble. In Luna’s accomplished hands, he’s pricklier and more nuanced than that. ... In taking time to grow its central character, Andor unveils an ensemble with characters who drive a number of intriguing subplots. ... The interiority and self-reflection it demands have created the most challenging and invigorating work in this galaxy in years.
  6. Reviewed by: Brett White
    Sep 20, 2022
    90
    While it’s a bit of a slow burn of a show, Andor draws you in because it is so thoroughly and messily human. ... Andor is Star Wars, distilled down to its revolutionary soul.
  7. Reviewed by: Ross McIndoe
    Sep 20, 2022
    88
    In its first few episodes, Andor has established an exceptionally immersive world and put the pieces in place for a tense, thrilling story underpinned by big ideas. By returning to some of the series’s core principles rather than merely recycling old parts, Andor might be the most exciting new beginning the Star Wars universe has enjoyed since those giant yellow letters first crawled up the big screen to invite us into the galaxy far, far away.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Trenholm
    Sep 20, 2022
    88
    Andor doesn't need whooshing spaceships or flashing lightsabers to raise the stakes for a compelling and morally ambiguous drama grounded in real human hopes and fears.
  9. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 20, 2022
    83
    If “Andor” is slow to start, it ignites with fury in episodes three and four, paving the way to a show that, so far, feels gripping in its tension and resolve.
  10. Reviewed by: Jack Seale
    Sep 21, 2022
    80
    Make it through that opening marathon and you have what’s shaping up to be the best Star Wars show since The Mandalorian.
  11. Reviewed by: Emily Baker
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    Andor is more mature than its peers. It’s closest in tone to The Mandalorian, but without the gimmicks akin to Baby Yoda, and it has none of the unnecessary fan service that dragged down the otherwise brilliant Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    While the pacing here can be a bit problematic—the first two episodes could have been easily condensed into one—“Andor” is more confident than most Lucasfilm or Marvel shows. ... But the third is a banger. ... One of the best Disney+ episodes of television to date. And then the fourth is what “Andor” is more likely to be over the run of the season, a balance of character and the unfolding story of a growing revolution.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    Andor is engaging enough to withstand that scrutiny so far, with two-thirds of the season left to go. If the series maintains its assured style, Andor may be the closest Disney+ has yet come to going rogue.
  14. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    The show’s not in much of a hurry (the first three episodes dropping together really are of a piece), and that might lose it some shorter attention spans. Those who stick around, though, will be rewarded for their patience.
  15. Reviewed by: John Nugent
    Sep 20, 2022
    80
    With sharper edges than this franchise is used to, a previously peripheral character has set up one of the most intriguing starts to a live-action Star Wars entry so far.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Philip
    Sep 21, 2022
    75
    We know where this story ends for Cassian, but three episodes in, Andor makes an acceptable case that this story deserves to be told.
  17. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Sep 20, 2022
    75
    It's an unembellished, taut TV show, with well-written characters and well-established stakes. In a lot of ways it doesn't feel like "Star Wars" at all, simply a very good science-fiction tale set on some far-off planets.
  18. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 20, 2022
    75
    Lingering prequel issues will bother some more than others — knowing the fate of not only Cassian, our lead, but the Rebellion itself can lend a futility to sluggish scenes — but a quarter of the way into Season 1, “Andor” has established itself as the most deeply felt “Star Wars” series yet. And that’s worth holding onto.
  19. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Sep 20, 2022
    75
    This series is bristling with that potential, from moment to moment. Hopefully, it’ll eventually remember that, like it or not, it’s also a TV show.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 20, 2022
    70
    These characters offer a fresher take on “Star Wars” lore than Andor’s story, which is a rote rebel mission. If the series finds a way to further blend familiar storytelling with the more-unusual-for-“Star Wars” vibe of palace intrigue, “Andor” might yet prove itself to be a favorite among fans much the way “Rogue One” has become embraced in the eight years since its initial theatrical run.
  21. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 20, 2022
    70
    Andor has me debating distinctions between “different” and “good” (it’s definitely the former, occasionally the latter); between “interesting” and “entertaining” (it’s usually the former, increasingly more of the latter as it goes along). ... Andor doesn’t instantly deliver the thrills I expect from a Star Wars show, but it’s different and that may turn out to be the best thing about it.
  22. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 20, 2022
    70
    It’s a promising stab at bringing the franchise back down to Earth (so to speak), favoring compelling new characters and guerilla-warfare action over lavish, force-related mythologizing. Buoyed by Luna’s sturdy headlining turn, Andor has the sort of jagged, weathered spirit that’s been missing for too long in this far, far away galaxy—even if the jury is still out on whether Andor is truly worthy or capable of assuming Han Solo’s mantle.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 20, 2022
    63
    As in “Rogue One,” the story starts with urgency and the pacing at least gives the illusion of brisk. Streaming storytelling is a drip drip drip affair, and this series doesn’t escape that with opening episodes that have brief bursts of action and a desire to slow revelations and plot twists to a crawl.
  24. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Sep 22, 2022
    60
    It is a darker, more grown-up approach, although it is slow. Actually, in the first two episodes it's too slow. Diego Luna, reprising his role as the brooding, narky Cassian Andor, is the charismatic fulcrum to this story.
  25. Reviewed by: David Craig
    Sep 20, 2022
    60
    To be frank, it's just not interesting enough to sustain such detailed exploration, no matter who the POV character happens to be. It was bleak, we get it. What more is there to say?
  26. Reviewed by: Ed Power
    Sep 20, 2022
    60
    Luna is a coiled spring throughout and Andor as a whole is bunched up with a tension which, in the first four episodes at least, is never fully unleashed. But the new series isn’t an insult to the original movies and – set against the recent track record – what a scintillating improvement that represents.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 20, 2022
    50
    While its surface attractions are significant, you may find yourself looking for things that other sci-fi stories supply, like compelling characters and a narrative pulse. ... Thin writing is an issue up and down the cast list; people seem less important than the depictions of political intrigue and corporate malfeasance, which are handled well but aren’t that different from any number of other dystopian dramas.
  28. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 20, 2022
    45
    A prequel to a prequel, "Andor" brings a gritty tone and look to the "Star Wars" universe, as much the washed-out landscape of "Blade Runner" as George Lucas' far-away galaxy. Yet whatever promise that entails is mostly lost in flabby storytelling, essentially stretching what would have been a 10-minute movie prologue over the first three episodes.
  29. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 20, 2022
    40
    There is barely any shape to these first four episodes. Three of them don’t even build to any kind of real climax, but just seem to stop at a random point. ... The third [episode] is the one where things finally start happening, as well as the only one that actually has something that feels like a conclusion to one phase of the story. It’s a shame, not only because Luna’s Cassian Andor occupies an interesting place within the larger Star Wars universe, but because Andor gets off to a promising start before things quickly begin to drag.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 94
  2. Negative: 25 out of 94
  1. Sep 21, 2022
    0
    Really slow!
    Andor is really slow. That's why they made three episodes available. But after three episodes I am still not hooked. They did
    Really slow!
    Andor is really slow. That's why they made three episodes available. But after three episodes I am still not hooked. They did not set up the main characters and storylines properly and that is why I don't care what happens to them.
    Disney does not know how to do episodic TV. This is only a long movie chopped up into smaller pieces.
    Yes, it looks nice and there are some neat ideas. And yes, it's better than Kenobi. But that's not saying much and so far this is a failure. I won't continue my subscription.
    And he fight in the factory is not well done. The badness of the fight reminded me of Kenobi.
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  2. Sep 21, 2022
    0
    Very dull and drawn out
    History will not look upon this series with the species connect of other Disney originals. In fact when we asses the
    Very dull and drawn out
    History will not look upon this series with the species connect of other Disney originals. In fact when we asses the series we can sum up the series as long and drawn out. Very very little taking place in each episode and yet at the same time not enough character development for one to properly enjoy this show as Disney wanted. Is it time for the Star Wars name to be put into hibernation for a while? I think so with more and more Disney noise than the name was ever intended for. Much like Star Trek the spider web has grown too big for the spiders that do inhabit the land to which they live in..
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  3. Sep 21, 2022
    2
    Positives: finally a star wars show doing something different. The tone is a departure from the norm and much more serious.

    Negatives: it is boring