The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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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
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
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.
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
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
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 8, 2013
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had me with the dulcet melancholy of displaced Dwarves, yearning to be home.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
January 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
January 6, 2013
...a jaw-dropping visual carnival courtesy of Peter Jackson and company!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 4, 2013
Very, very (very) slow in the early going, but Peter Jackson does get there (eventually).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 1, 2013
Should more than satisfactorily scratch the itch of those who have waited many long years to see Middle Earth back on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
December 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
December 28, 2012
"Disappointing" isn't the same thing as "bad."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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