And now I have seen both of the Star Wars movies she’s in.
And, well, my opinion of her hasn’t really changed much.
Rey is a horribly-written character in The Force Awakens, and the Jedi mind trick/tied-up scene is one of the worst in the picture–it would have worked better as a joke (if she couldn’t perform the trick), as it seems to be at first. That they make her perfect only heightens the problem. With that said, I liked Miss Ridley’s performance and thought she did well with what little she was given to work with.
Rian Johnson messed up a lot in The Last Jedi, and it’s by far the worst of the Star Wars movies I’ve seen so far, but somehow he seemed to get a better handle on her character. She responds to it by giving a better performance, too.
All in all, I’m mixed on Rey, the character, but I think Daisy Ridley, the actress, gave good performances in both movies. And I still think she’s cute.