Really, the lowest this film deserves is a 75, and that would only come from nitpicking. I went in preparing to be disappointed, but I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like I was only in there for an hour, but it's 2 hours and 45 minutes. The critics got it wrong on this one folks. Sure the beginning is a little slow but the Fellowship of the Ring was too. The acting is good and the visuals were stunning. It stayed rather true to the book as well. Give the movie a chance before you blow it off just because some other people didn't like it.