Critics are being hated on for 2 reasons. 1: They are grabbing onto the coatails of other reviewers and not thinking for themselves. 2: What they are saying is contradictory. People loved the Lord of the Rings, so the reviewers are consistantly saying that The Hobbit is not as good. Yet they say that the movie's main problem is it is too slow-paced. This movie is way faster paced than The Fellowship of the Ring so their comments make no sense. Also, the other thing they complain about is the 48 FPS looks like a home movie. That is completely and 100% false. 48FPS looks completely clear and makes 3D all that more impressive. As for me, this movie was an utter success. I cannot wait to see it again.