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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    But, oh, that dragon. I'd endure another slog through Middle-Earth just to spend more time with Smaug. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Results are all that matter, and the result here is that The Desolation of Smaug fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    My advice to "Hobbit" fans is not only to see this one, but to see it as I did, in 3-D projected at the normal rate of 24 frames per second. The film will also be shown in what's called High Frame Rate 3-D, at 48 frames a second, but that made the last installment look more like video than a regular movie. Smaug is scary enough without a turbo boost. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it's at least eight minutes better - less twee, less chatty, more action, more Elvish. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The cast, including Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly as warrior elves, is also excellent (though we don’t get even a glimpse of Andy Serkis’ Gollum). And individually, each escapade does hold its own thrills. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose. show more

  • 55
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    This all essentially serves to distract from the fact that all that really happens in the film is that the company manages to eventually reach the mountain. show more

  • 60
    Film.com

    It’s merely somewhat better than last year’s meandering dud — a slight improvement on a movie that should have been pretty easy to improve upon. show more

  • 88
    Sheila O'Malley RogerEbert.com

    The thematic elements are in place, the emotional tension is highly strung, and the action unfolds in a wave like the fire erupting from the dragon's mouth, overtaking all in its path. show more

  • April 21, 2014 bt00000000068120
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    it was very good i just hated the ending on how they left ya hanging the way they did but it does leave suspense for the next movie

  • February 22, 2014 cdavecrz
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    If you don't enjoy this type of movie, I expect you wouldn't go,, but if you do,, above average. I enjoyed it.

  • January 24, 2014 wj00000000178724
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    Can\'t wait for the next installment.

  • January 16, 2014 Mike
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    long Dragon part was good

  • January 11, 2014 rt1058
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    to drawn out and did not like the cliffhanger ending.

  • January 11, 2014 fp00000000176511
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    Some moments were slow but made up with great action and effects. Really enjoyed this movie.

  • January 10, 2014 PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM
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    why do crack addict drunks make almost all sci fi movies ???

  • January 10, 2014 yg00000000176801
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    I actually love it I think the special effects and the fact that it is a long movie kind of puts you in a trance as if you are somewhere else for about 3hrs. Must see it in Imax to really appreciate it........ @scyhook this is actually part two!

  • January 04, 2014 Ken
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    This was a great movie ,a bit long 2hrs41 minutes. At the end wanted to see what happened, now will have to wait to part two.Evangeline Lilly ( HOT ) .

  • January 02, 2014 davidten
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    This was okay, but not near as good as the Lord of the Rings. It tends to go over the top with long, drawn out actions scenes and SPECIAL EFFECTS!!. They could cut this movie way down, if the edited better. They have a great story, but it gets lost in too much Hollywood!!

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