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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What saves the day is the spidery, schizoid Gollum, again performed by the great Andy Serkis through the craft of motion capture. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If you loved the earlier films, these are moments you will hold on to, but they're very few, and they're not enough. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While the production design is impeccable and the journey intermittently involving, The Hobbit is overlong and lacks the enchantment of the Lord of the Rings films. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is not about a reluctant hero drawing courage from some deep personal well. It's not about dread and danger. It's about visual effects. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's one thing to sit on your couch watching football in HD. It's another to view one of literature's most enduring fantasies in the same manner. The experience that felt so breathtakingly cinematic in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" series now seems frustratingly fake. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it's also a bit of a slog, with an inordinate amount of exposition and lack of strong forward movement...There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going. show more

  • 75
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey isn't "unexpected" at all, though between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    There will be opportunities to see the picture in regular 24 frames per second, but I recommend going the whole hog and sampling what Jackson has come up with - a new way to watch movies and a new take on a universe that seemed to have exhausted its narrative possibilities. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Piles on enough eye candy and action sequences to please fans, plus more humor than the three "Rings" films - even if it only occasionally achieves the trio's grandeur. show more

  • May 09, 2013 co00000000148623
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    I really like this movie always wanted to know where and how he got the ring from the first movies would watch again

  • March 25, 2013 jackd1207
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    Pleasantly surprised with the overall movie though parts of it seemed right out of a video game.

  • March 16, 2013 fr00000000141847
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    the best bestest bestttt movie!! :D :D

  • February 25, 2013 catseye742
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    The best movie ever!!! The first time I saw this movie was in 3d, and after that I loved it, I have order the books and the wallpapers!

  • February 19, 2013 bh00000000139042
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    Huge fan of LOTR, books then movies. Could not imagine how 3 movies could be made from a small children\'s book. Answer: can\'t. Ripoff of LOTR by director! Lots of ho-hum with not much excitement. Great LOTR characterizations missing. For diehard fans only. Sorry, PJ, but greed rules here.

  • February 18, 2013 go00000000138548
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    a movie that people got let down but I enjoyed the crap out of this movie I mean the make-up was amazing and the visual effect\'s was good

  • January 30, 2013 bobwhite88
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    I HATED this movie, anyone who has read The Hobbit should also hate this movie, it has no right to bear the title The Hobbit. The Hobbit is a perfect story without being altered by director\'s retarded fantasy of what they wanted The Hobbit to be.

  • January 19, 2013 yh00000000135724
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    Too long by at least 1/2 hour. Instead of an exciting movie with lulls, it became a boring movie with bursts of excitement.

  • January 10, 2013 Allison Rowley
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    I liked it

  • January 09, 2013 dq00000000135439
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    Just another Lord of the Rings movie, very slow, not much new.

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