Tolkien

Release Date: May 10th, 2019

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as Tolkien weathers the storm of a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt and the outbreak of World War I. These early life experiences later inspire the budding author to write the classic fantasy novels "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts

Director: Dome Karukoski

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Chernin Entertainment

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: England, Inspiring, Friendship, Creative, Wife, Emotional, Friend, Soldier, Love, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Handsomely made in the customarily fastidious style of most period biographical dramas, Tolkien is strongly served by Hoult, who, after four X-Men outings (and a supporting role in last year's The Favourite), demonstrates that it's high time he moved on from that sort of thing to more interesting and challenging dramatic characterizations. show more

  • 33
    William BibbianiTheWrap

    If you were trying to produce a parody of what a Tolkien biopic would look like, you’d get the exact same film.

  • 30
    Matt SingerScreenCrush

    None of the life we see J.R.R. Tolkien live in the film illuminates his great works of art — or even makes for a particularly compelling tale. show more

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