I've told my friends plenty of times that if the critics don't like it, I probably will. Jackson knocked this out of the park and, just like The Lord of the Rings, I know the next two films will have even more speed. He set a great foundation for the next two with this one and somehow managed to keep it riveting at the same time. The extra material is all added from actual Tolkien works which is greatly appreciated by any of Tolkien's fans. I guess my questions are 1) If you paid good money for your ticket, why are you flippin' upset that you actually got your worth out of it timewise and 2) why are people upset that we actually get to spend at least one extra movie in Middle Earth? I'm in no hurry to leave it behind.