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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A bloated, entirely unnecessary cash-grab prequel suffering from a fatal case of elephantitis.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 28, 2014
You may have seen Middle Earth before. But you haven't been IN Middle Earth.Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has made it possible for you to feel like you're surrounded by the astonishing environment created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 23, 2014
With the first film pushing three hours, purists will be pleased. Less die-hard audiences will find a lot of meandering set-up - albeit visually gorgeous meandering setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Remember the joke that The Fellowship of the Ring was just a bunch of people walking around for three hours? In this case, it's actually true.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 2, 2013
An occasionally entertaining but empty fantasy epic...
John Serba
November 18, 2013
It rambles over hill and dale and mountain and field and forest and marsh and through cavern and catacomb and grotto and pothole...but will please the Tolkien faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
November 4, 2013
While the new scenes don't add much to the great film, the outstanding wealth of special features makes this one of the must-own Blu-rays of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 28, 2013
It's like we returned to Disneyland to find it looking as magical as ever, but with most of the rides closed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
There are worse ways to kill time, sure; it's just that there is, alas, so much time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 24, 2013
"Unexpected Journey" runs nearly three hours. That gives Jackson plenty of time to revive its magic [which he does] by triggering our good will toward the "Rings" trilogy. He evokes the trilogy's tone and its rhythms.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
As great as Serkis is, he can't begin to make 'The Hobbit' look anything but short.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
The odd thing about the saying "too much of a good thing" is that it acknowledges the fact that, something, in general, is composed of an overabundance of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 23, 2013
The Hobbit may not be as memorable as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it's a mostly faithful adaptation that sticks to the same tones and themes of the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
It's a journey that any fan of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy should enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth feels familiar and unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
If Jackson had focused simply on Bilbo's party and their attempts to get a proper homeland for the dwarves, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' would have been a leaner, more engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
February 1, 2013
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien may like sitting through a 169 minute film, that easily could have been trimmed by at least 50 minutes. But, I was constantly aware of the long running time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
Whenever this movie suffers from lengthy prequel-itis and a weighty sense of expectations, it falls short. Still, for much of its 165 minutes, this epic has enough small moments and deft touches that it tugs you along with the power of a good story.
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
An Unexpected Journey offers an unparalleled visual spectacle
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 10, 2013
a drag-down, mildly diverting entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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