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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 4/4

April 28, 2014
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

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 Source: Columbus Alive | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
Matt Neal
The Standard

Slower out of the gates than a three-legged donkey... but it gets better, and fans won't mind this slowburn beginning because, hey, it's Middle Earth.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 4/5

January 7, 2013
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

...a jaw-dropping visual carnival courtesy of Peter Jackson and company!

Full Review Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 6, 2013
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Very, very (very) slow in the early going, but Peter Jackson does get there (eventually).

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B+

January 4, 2013
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Should more than satisfactorily scratch the itch of those who have waited many long years to see Middle Earth back on screen.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 76/100

January 1, 2013
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A marvel of filmmaking wizardry and engrossing adventure storytelling, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey marks another triumph by director Peter Jackson who once again takes J.R. Tolkien's words and brings them to life with skilful, passionate expertise.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 30, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

THE Hobbit occupies that same awkward spot in popular cinema as the Twilight movies in terms of balancing good cinema against fan-service.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2012
Rob Vaux
Mania.com

"Disappointing" isn't the same thing as "bad."

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: B

December 28, 2012
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