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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
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
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
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
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com

It would be wrong to ignore the technical achievement that Jackson has pulled off yet again. But when said and done, "The Hobbit" feels more like a cinematic encyclopedia of Tolkein's mythical world rather than a trip to the movies.

Full Review Source: FoxNews.com | Original Score: 6/10

December 14, 2012
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

Jackson's biggest failing with the first installment of The Hobbit is that he crowds out a great story with such minor plot developments that carry no immediate importance to the movie or characters.

Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

December 13, 2012
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline

Peter Jackson definitely knows what he's doing. He just didn't do it this time.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 4/10

December 12, 2012
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk

It's all fight scenes, and the fight scenes have no arc. You just sit there waiting for some inevitable deus ex machina to save the day whenever Peter Jackson feels like it. The characters have no agency. It's like watching a kid play with his GI Joes.

Full Review Source: FilmDrunk | Original Score: C-

December 14, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

In his attempt to produce a definitive, enhanced-strength version of the text, Jackson has stripped away much of the fun, a great deal of the energy and most of the humour.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 14, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

This is hobbit cordial, one part juice to nine parts water.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

December 15, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

To gaze upon the film, like Frodo staring into that prophetic magic orb, is to be shaken by a dark vision of cinema's future.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2012
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Peter Jackson didn't particularly want to direct The Hobbit, and I didn't particularly want to be bored to tears, but there we both were, fulfilling what could only be described as some sort of cinematic murder-suicide pact.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Little about the storytelling suggests a beating heart beneath the visuals; once the journey has begun, the characters find themselves in life-threatening danger with stupefying regularity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 13, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Lacking the interesting characters and intriguing subplots that made the earlier trilogy so engaging, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is too flat, too slow.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B-

December 25, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

Jackson seems to be going through the motions of epic fantasy filmmaking.

Full Review Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 5.5/10

December 17, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Viewers have come to expect visceral combat between characters who feel tangible in their appearance and reactions, but there's none of that here.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C+

December 10, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Jackson's risky creative choices have drained Bilbo Baggins' adventure of its magic.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

It's the behaviour of the supposedly affable dwarves that makes this particular 'adventure' such a punishing experience.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

January 7, 2013
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

Jackson has come back to Middle Earth to compose his most masturbatory effort yet.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: D

December 14, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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To its own narrative detriment, "The Hobbit" works hard to lay the framework for what will follow. Certainly that's one way to set out on a trilogy, but it's surely not the best.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2012
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