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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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Bryan Bishop
The Verge

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.

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An occasionally entertaining but empty fantasy epic...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 2, 2013
John Serba
MLive.com

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 Source: MLive.com | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/5

November 4, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It's like we returned to Disneyland to find it looking as magical as ever, but with most of the rides closed.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

July 28, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

There are worse ways to kill time, sure; it's just that there is, alas, so much time to kill.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

"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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

May 24, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

As great as Serkis is, he can't begin to make 'The Hobbit' look anything but short.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C

May 13, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

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 Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 23, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It's a journey that any fan of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy should enjoy.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

March 21, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth feels familiar and unfulfilling.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2013
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

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 Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2013
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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 Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C-

February 1, 2013
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

As it stands, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a thoroughly engaging, often rip-roaring, old school yarn. It's got scope, excitement, and above all, emotional heft.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/5

January 31, 2013
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

January 29, 2013
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire

An Unexpected Journey offers an unparalleled visual spectacle

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

January 20, 2013
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a drag-down, mildly diverting entertainment

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

When the dwarves turn up mob-handed, kicking off a night of boisterous revelry, the laboured jests and jollity seem to go on forever. And the combination of dwarves, forced humour and familiar faces off the telly turn the occasion into bad panto.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 10, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had me with the dulcet melancholy of displaced Dwarves, yearning to be home.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2013
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