Autumn Faust’s review published on Letterboxd:
So uh. The other two rebuilds are pretty much replacements for the series, and replacement level at that, but THIS? THIS is different...and like, the second dopest thing ever. END OF EVANGELION with more grit, and some disturbed grace notes of peace (oxymoronic, yes) that are its own this time. Comparing anything, even in its own series to END OF EVANGELION is like comparing something to CITIZEN KANE or especially 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY so yeah.
Where EOE is apocalyptic, this is post-apocalyptic. There appear to be no traces of society left, just 2 global organizations fighting over human souls, both those that remain and those that don't. Evangelion has of course always enjoyed a vagueness to the functionality of its mythos, which it occasionally here explicates, to an effect that is...still somehow extremely lit? Basically it's just the series best narrative elements being honest about themselves. And even then, it's just enough (Shinji learning the truth about Rei, Kaworu being the 13th Angel); it's no "explainer video" crap. Indeed, it introduces way more material than it can explain in true Eva fashion.
Shinji's internal turmoil is no longer at his potential (and now past) failure of society, since it no longer exists, it's now more generous, less self pitying and more upset about the collapse, the death of individuals in his life. A desolate world plays against a grieving Shinji determined to resurrect, less a cruel world against a failing savior Shinji. A perfect companion to one of the greatest films ever made, and one that CAN (basically) be viewed as a sequel too. I know I said pretty much nothing of substance and here but what else can you say besides IT'S LIT!