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

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Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

what other great books are there that should turned into movies?

Dec 8 - 03:04 AM

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

Nelson Verdejo

Nelson Verdejo

this still isnt gonna end anywhere near 90% regardless of criticism or no criticism of frame rate ... the critics biggest problems with this movie is that they feel it doesn't match the high standards set by the LOTR trilogy and falls flat compared to those ...this movie's tomatometer started out in the 70s ... not a bad start but still a bad start for fans of the original trilogy who were anticipating this ending up in the mid to high 90s percentile.

Dec 8 - 03:57 AM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Wrong. That is not the critics biggest problem. The critics do compare the films and of course, why wouldn't they. Same filmmaker, same author, same shooting location but if yu read the reviews the primary complaints are it looks bad and it's a plodding boring mess.

Dec 8 - 05:57 AM

Bill Edmunds

Bill Edmunds

You're really projecting here...

Dec 8 - 11:47 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The complaints are not "primary", they are the minority opinion.

Dec 8 - 07:40 PM

Nelson Verdejo

Nelson Verdejo

also ... its crazy because they are making 3 movies based on one book ... and the first one is already almost 3 hours long ... how is it that you need 3 movies each most likely to be 2 and a half to 3 hours long, for one book? its like they want to leave no detail out and for all that, they might as well have done that for the harry potter films ...have 3 films for each book. but then that would take forever and by the time you finish filming the last film those harry potter kids will be 40

Dec 8 - 03:59 AM

Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

you think the 72% is low you should check out imbd. its in the 60's.

Dec 8 - 04:16 AM

Chris Zulakis

Chris Zulakis

imdb always has insanely low reviews on their site. Some of the best movies ever made are stuck in 7.5 limbo on IMDB

Dec 8 - 04:34 PM

Jonathon Smith

Jonathon Smith

anyone hear Disney is bought Lucasfilms and is making another Star Wars trilogy

Dec 8 - 04:35 AM

David Tanny

David Tanny

This news is a month old.

Dec 8 - 11:25 AM

Apoorv Burke

Apoorv Burke

i think this is going to be a great movie. Having read the book, it wont be as epic ad Lord of the rings, but that's okay and complaining about the frame rate isn't necessarily a complaint about the movie. it's still a trip back to Middle Earth and that is a welcome thought

Dec 8 - 04:39 AM

Marissa E.

Marissa Evans

Actually, it was very epic! When people say a lighter tone, they're referring to some light-hearted moments, the same way Gimili and Legolas or Merry and Pippin were the comic relief in LotR. But the fact that there's more of it establishes the film as overall more light than LotR (I found this a good thing; sometimes I felt Gimili's humourous moments were a little out of place when Frodo was wandering around all broody.) Ultimately, I thought it was much more balanced in that sense than it was in Fellowship.

Dec 9 - 03:36 PM

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

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

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

Wrong. That is not the critics biggest problem. The critics do compare the films and of course, why wouldn't they. Same filmmaker, same author, same shooting location but if yu read the reviews the primary complaints are it looks bad and it's a plodding boring mess.

Dec 8 - 05:57 AM

Bill Edmunds

Bill Edmunds

You're really projecting here...

Dec 8 - 11:47 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The complaints are not "primary", they are the minority opinion.

Dec 8 - 07:40 PM

Lancol E.

Lancol Et

They disabled it because of fanboy retardation

Dec 8 - 06:02 AM

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Lol most of the bad reviews are full of complaints about the film's story not being as epic as LOTR. Have any of these people actually read the Hobbit? Did you expect Peter Jackson to change the whole story for you? It is a children's book so I'm not really sure why everyone is expecting it to be as epic as LOTR. The hobbit is a simple story of adventure and I'm sure that is what the movie is so stop rating in terms of "it's not as good as LOTR."

Dec 8 - 07:01 AM

Marissa E.

Marissa Evans

Well said! My thoughts exactly. It stays very true to the original book, and I think those who are familiar with the book will love it. They shouldn't be comparing so directly (even though Peter does make an effort to add some elements of LotR, which was very nice of him.)

Plus, to be fair, they'll probably adapt a darker tone in the sequels. From what I remember, the book takes a shift in tone about midway through.

Dec 9 - 03:38 PM

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Yeah I'm sure this one is just a little slow moving at first because they are setting everything up. The sequels will probably be closer in tone LOTR.

Dec 11 - 01:13 PM

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans

This movie never had a chance. You could argue that there has never been more anticipation or pressure on any other film. That said, it is still about 3 out of 4 stars. 70+ percent tomato meter rating is not to bad considering almost every critic went in with clouded judgment.

Dec 8 - 07:42 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

It's not just the forums. I have a problem when going to the all critics, top critics review pages as well. :/

Dec 8 - 07:50 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

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster

agreed

Dec 8 - 08:17 AM

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

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

Dec 8 - 08:22 AM

Choocnut Nut

Choocnut Nut

.. it's so disappointing that people are judging a movie based on the critics. yes, this website might be all about critics, but that's all there is to it, it's only an opinion of a certain person. his preference might be different than yours. so it's better to just watch the movie and judge it for yourself.

Dec 8 - 08:24 AM

Zac Leon

Zac Leon

Amen!

Dec 8 - 08:28 AM

Zac Leon

Zac Leon

Absolutely unfazed. My anticipation for this film is not mired by a snobby 'It had better be good' attitude. I love Middle-earth, I love the Hobbit, I greatly respect the people involved, and only a significant lack in effort or inspiration would ruin the experience. In the end, when it comes to how enjoyable or 'good' a story, or any work of art, is, the only critic whose opinion should mean anything to you is yourself.

Dec 8 - 08:26 AM

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