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The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 13, 2010
The live action version trumps it in every conceivable way; there simply is no comparison. And yet Middle Earth is still better off for its presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/10
Joshua Tyler
March 17, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2010
Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.
Christopher Null
August 5, 2001
The hobbits all look like Joey Lawrence -- what's up with that?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 12, 2001
...a noble effort, original in concept if disappointing in execution.
| Original Score: 5/10
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
I didn't like this film version of Lord of Rings. If it's any comfort, fans won't like it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 7, 2003
It is here we see Bakshi "jump the shark..."
Emanuel Levy
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2012
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 3, 2012
Tolkien fans, who are familiar with novels, will find it enjoyble, while others may be confused by the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
A contemporary viewing of The Lord of the Rings is an exercise in outlandishness as well as nostalgia: dreamlike, peculiar.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 11, 2010
... in retrospect it feels like an elegant, appropriately sized adaptation - with some beautiful animation work.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
April 11, 2010
... 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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
June 24, 2015
Even the most magical fantasy falls to earth if it's not clear who's who and what's happening, as every maker of fables should know.
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