Tomatometer Watch: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Summary

The early critical returns for The Hobbit are disappointing, however, for moviegoers anticipating the same numbers as the LotR trilogy. Each of those films were Certified Fresh, none dipping below 90%. The Hobbit is still within striking distance of hitting Certified Fresh (details of the award here), but will have to work for it. Elevation into the mid-80s Tomatometer range seems highly unlikely at this point, but Jackson has weaved strange magic before. Back to Article

Comments

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

Agree with Jon on this one.

Dec 7 - 07:07 PM

Justin Buell

Justin Buell

Critics, from time to time, are completely wrong.

Gladiator has a 78% score.

Just keep that in mind.

Dec 7 - 07:12 PM

Emma McClatchey

Emma McClatchey

And Forrest Gump only has 71%. Tragedy.

Dec 7 - 07:35 PM

Chase Jarrell

Chase Jarrell

Gladiator is great. Forrest Gump is awful. Mind that Kick-Ass, one of the best superhero films ever made, is rated at 76%

Dec 7 - 09:04 PM

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

Kick-Ass is certainly not one of the best superhero films ever made

Dec 8 - 08:22 AM

George v.

George vulcoun

Gladiator sucked. I never understood it's appeal. Morons fighting like animals, yes, real good. Forrest Gump is one of the most emotional films ever made. Beautiful and original. Kick-ass is another moronic film.

Dec 9 - 03:14 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

^What George said.

Dec 9 - 07:27 PM

King  S.

King Simba

How is 78% a bad score? In fact, since we're on topic I'm not sure why everyone is acting like reception for The Hobbit has been negative. Yeah they're below the level of LOTR, but then again that's the same for nearly all fantasy films. The Hobbit after all was a much lighter book, more like Chronicles of Narnia than LORT.

Dec 8 - 10:59 AM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

It's not a bad score at all, in fact it's a very good score. I believe with the 3 LOTR films all scoring 90% plus on RT some people got spoiled off that and now think a score in the 70's or 80's is bad, which it's not.

Dec 9 - 12:50 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Wtg for referencing movies that are both timely and relevant. Wait no, those movies are old as shit. Your point is stupid.

Dec 8 - 12:35 PM

Jaho Koo

Jaho Koo

Gladiator is perfect at 78% - it's overrated.

Dec 8 - 11:47 PM

-Cochise-

- Cochise -

I'm also on this bandwagon. 48fps is an artistic choice. Just because it has numbers in it, that doesn't mean that its some technical part that doesn't affect the aesthetics of the movie.

Dec 7 - 07:27 PM

Emma McClatchey

Emma McClatchey

And Forrest Gump only has 71%. Tragedy.

Dec 7 - 07:35 PM

Chase Jarrell

Chase Jarrell

Gladiator is great. Forrest Gump is awful. Mind that Kick-Ass, one of the best superhero films ever made, is rated at 76%

Dec 7 - 09:04 PM

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

Kick-Ass is certainly not one of the best superhero films ever made

Dec 8 - 08:22 AM

George v.

George vulcoun

Gladiator sucked. I never understood it's appeal. Morons fighting like animals, yes, real good. Forrest Gump is one of the most emotional films ever made. Beautiful and original. Kick-ass is another moronic film.

Dec 9 - 03:14 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

^What George said.

Dec 9 - 07:27 PM

Peyton Gupton

Peyton Gupton

Quick idea about the negative reviews resulting from FPS issues: Wouldn't reviews go up after opening weekend due to people being able to see it in 24FPS? It's my perception that most (if not all) critic screenings were shown in the new format.

Dec 7 - 07:52 PM

Chris Topher

Chris Topher

The 48fps was gorgeous. Made Avatar look like VHS

Dec 7 - 08:00 PM

Jacob Austin

Jacob Austin

Like any other movie of this calibre, our minds want to draw immediate comparisons to its chronological predecessors. The Hobbit however is a different story, with a different motif, taking place at another time in the grandiose and rugged Middle Earth. I will be going into this film with a fresh perspective and an open mind.

Dec 7 - 08:34 PM

Chase Jarrell

Chase Jarrell

Gladiator is great. Forrest Gump is awful. Mind that Kick-Ass, one of the best superhero films ever made, is rated at 76%

Dec 7 - 09:04 PM

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

Kick-Ass is certainly not one of the best superhero films ever made

Dec 8 - 08:22 AM

George v.

George vulcoun

Gladiator sucked. I never understood it's appeal. Morons fighting like animals, yes, real good. Forrest Gump is one of the most emotional films ever made. Beautiful and original. Kick-ass is another moronic film.

Dec 9 - 03:14 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

^What George said.

Dec 9 - 07:27 PM

Marco Chaudry

Marco Chaudry

You mean that sequel to Act of Valor? XD

Dec 7 - 09:06 PM

Jónas Haux

Jónas Haux

Yeah, compare a film made by a Oscar winning director with a one of the worst film of the year.

Dec 8 - 09:22 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Thank you Jonas. In fact, speaking as a Navy vet I was absolutely offended by ACT OF VALOR, particularly how the SEALS were exploited by the Pentagon to make money for video game companies and the military industrial complex. Worst film of the year, by far, simply because of how offensively jingoistic it is.

Contrary to what Marco may think, I do have my reservations about ZERO DARK THIRTY, especially when you consider the current controversy that the writer and director were given special access by the Pentagon to so-called "confidential" file. I truly believe bin Laden has been dead for years, hence my reservations; that being said, I thought THE HURT LOCKER was hands down the Best Movie of 2009.

Dec 8 - 12:15 PM

Alex Farr

Alex Farr

I think expecting it, to be as good as Lord of the Rings is a mistake to begin with, at least in the grand scheme of things. they may both take place in Middle-Earth, but one is a 1,000 page epic where the entire realm of middle Earth is at stake. the other is a light heart-ed Children's book about, about finding courage and believing in one's self and their fellows. but there are both very good stories in their own rights, and Just because Hobbit isn't getting complete raves from critics doesn't mean it's not a good film.

Dec 7 - 09:38 PM

HBaldursson

Hrannar Baldursson

The novel itself starts off really slow, and only picks up in pace when Bilbo meets Gollum. The reviews seem to reflect how I look at the novel, which is not a bad thing at all.

Dec 7 - 11:33 PM

Justin Buell

Justin Buell

I only have a problem with the wording.

The Hobbit is NOT as epic, dark, or dramatically important as The Lord of the Rings.

This does not mean it's isn't as GOOD.

Dec 7 - 11:59 PM

Corinna Kauffman

Corinna Kauffman

If people haven't read the book, they probably will be surprised at how different it is from Lord of the Rings. But from what I'm seeing of the reviews, it looks like they hit spot on. The book starts out slow and builds speed. And like most trilogies, the first movie is a lot of laying groundwork. I'll be honest, any extra time we can spend in Middle Earth, I'll appreciate so I was excited he's making three.

Dec 8 - 03:56 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Word is he is working on new movies next to bridge the gap to fellowship. They will be 60 years of middle earth in real time. How awesome!!!

Dec 8 - 12:38 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

EEERRRGGHHHHH YESSSSS MIDDLE EARTH

Dec 8 - 12:46 PM

Piotrek Dubrawski

Piotrek Dubrawski

WHAT? You want a bridge between Hobbit and LotR? Are you completly insane? Those movies are a visualization of the books as everyone knows and Tolkien didnt writte anything that would cover the time period between those two so Jackson would have to make up entirerly new bullshit story which first of all he isnt realy entitled to do so, second of all it would be horribly offensive to the memory of J.R.R Tolkien (it's like taking a giant sh.it on top of his grave) and third of all the real fans would never allow thing like this to happen or collectively boycott it if it was actualy made. There gonna be 2 next parts of the Hobbit to end the story and that's it.

Dec 9 - 03:20 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

It was a joke, Piotrek.

Dec 10 - 12:56 AM

HBaldursson

Hrannar Baldursson

The novel itself starts off really slow, and only picks up in pace when Bilbo meets Gollum. The reviews seem to reflect how I look at the novel, which is not a bad thing at all.

Dec 7 - 11:33 PM

Justin Buell

Justin Buell

I only have a problem with the wording.

The Hobbit is NOT as epic, dark, or dramatically important as The Lord of the Rings.

This does not mean it's isn't as GOOD.

Dec 7 - 11:59 PM

Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

Very disappointed with the reviews foe The Hobbit. Ive been waiting all year to see this movie but reviews are making seem like this is going to be the new Phantom Menace. I was hoping that this movie would live up The Lord of The Rings triology and what is up with the 48fps, its going to make the movie look like one big set. If its not broke dont fix it.

Dec 8 - 01:49 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Cool, I love the Phantom Menace!

Dec 8 - 05:52 AM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I always had a soft spot for Jar Jar Binks.

Dec 8 - 10:44 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Mesa love Jar Jar

Dec 8 - 12:39 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Wesa go to gunga city, okieday?

Dec 8 - 12:43 PM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

One does not simply walk into gunga city

Dec 8 - 05:11 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

No, you're right. You swim!

Dec 8 - 08:33 PM

Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

I was watching Rock Center with Bryan Williams the other night and they were interviewing Peter Jackson. The reporter asked him if he seen his movie yet and he said yes i seen for the 1st time yesterday. She then asked What do you think about it. He said quote "It was Okay". very disappointing.

Dec 8 - 02:00 AM

Bill Edmunds

Bill Edmunds

He said that with an obvious twinkle in his eye, and didn't mention anything about the 'first half'. Do you really think he would bust on his own movie before it has even been released??? Let's be real.

Dec 8 - 11:45 AM

Shona Conroy

Shona Conroy

First of all The Hobbit is a childrens book if you expect it to be epic and doomy gloomy like LotR you have not read the book. Secondly if you don't like the idea of 48 FPS then see it as 24 FPS it's really that simple. Also for those who like to use the phrase "if it ain't broke don't fix it" should we apply that to technology as a whole? If that's the case put your dvd/blu ray player away and hunt down a VCR.

Dec 8 - 02:18 AM

Richard Giles

Richard Giles

Agreed.

Dec 8 - 02:40 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

While you think this is a realistic comparison it is a logical fallacy. You cannot compare the two. One is a difference in formats and the other a difference in frame rate. The 48fps and upward has been available for a long long time, artistically it's a choice that No filmmaker makes. There may be a reason for that apparently. Taking risks is good but sometimes those risks end in failure and one needs to accept that can happen.

Dec 8 - 05:55 AM

Jaho Koo

Jaho Koo

IB student right here..lol

Dec 8 - 11:42 PM

George v.

George vulcoun

obviously 48 fps is better quality. That's why "they chose it". Your mind is so used to 24 and it's associations with cinema and the "dreamy" feel. The only argument you can make is one in support of that look and feel. Maybe most people like to go to the movies to escape reality rather than watch it be emulated with an improved look/feel.

Dec 9 - 03:21 PM

Jaho Koo

Jaho Koo

Never thought children could read such difficult books...or is it because I'm Asian?

Dec 8 - 11:48 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Americans don't read at all. But seriously, I'd say that The Hobbit (which is easier than the other Rings books) is adequete for 8-12 year olds.

Dec 8 - 11:55 PM

Richard Giles

Richard Giles

Agreed.

Dec 8 - 02:40 AM

Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

well someone is pissed cuz a movie there looking forward to is getting bad reviews

Dec 8 - 02:44 AM

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster

Not so much that were annoyed its just thier taking off for it being three hours and the frame rate.

Dec 8 - 08:16 AM

Bill Edmunds

Bill Edmunds

72% is hardly a badly reviewed film.

Dec 8 - 11:46 AM

Richard Giles

Richard Giles

I agree that they should critique it as a bad artistic choice made by Jackson if they don't like the high-frame rate, however, I think that because it is also available in 24 fps, the reviews should be based on the film's merits in the format they are most comfortable seeing it in. I'd like to see reviews on the actual movie, and not complaining about a format that they do not even have to watch the movie in.

Dec 8 - 02:45 AM

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