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The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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Sabadino Parker
PopMatters

Innovative and beautiful, cheesy and disjointed.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 3, 2012

Empire Magazine

What most people remember is the mix of the live-action tracing within the traditional animation and just how effectively creepy it managed to be, but for the time this did a pretty good job of adapting the dense novels.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 3, 2012
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A contemporary viewing of The Lord of the Rings is an exercise in outlandishness as well as nostalgia: dreamlike, peculiar.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

October 14, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

... dark and fantastical with a mature approach rare in animated films of its day, and Bakshi's rotoscope process creates an unusually fluid and expressive style.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

April 11, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... in retrospect it feels like an elegant, appropriately sized adaptation - with some beautiful animation work.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

April 11, 2010

Time Out
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Bakshi's version, using animation and live-action tracings, is uniformly excellent, sticking closely to the original text and visually echoing many of Tolkien's own drawings.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff

| Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

At its best, Bakshi's visualization of Tolkien's world can be startlingly effective… Tolkien fans will appreciate what Bakshi managed to get right.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B

January 30, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

| Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Glenn Gaslin
Slate
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A showcase for inspired imagery and sheer strangeness, a near-miss magnum opus from another era, before the cult of Tolkien went Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 24, 2001
Matt Ford
BBC.com

An atmospheric fairytale romp across the landscapes of Tolkien's imagination.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2001
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Quite interesting and rather original.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2000

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tolkien fans, who are familiar with novels, will find it enjoyble, while others may be confused by the action.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 3, 2012
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It looked terrible then and it still does: cartoon characters move differently from live actors, and the attempt to duplicate natural movement ends in stylistic incoherence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a reckless film, blitzing through some plot points and stalling out over others; the lack of a particular rhythm does not do it any favors, and it is certainly not a fast 133 minutes.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

November 25, 2012
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2010
Variety Staff
Variety
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Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2010
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