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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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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.
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
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+
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
Justin Craig
December 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
December 13, 2012
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.
William Bibbiani
December 12, 2012
Peter Jackson definitely knows what he's doing. He just didn't do it this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Vincent Mancini
December 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
December 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 15, 2012
This is hobbit cordial, one part juice to nine parts water.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
December 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
December 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2012
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.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
December 17, 2012
Jackson seems to be going through the motions of epic fantasy filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
December 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 14, 2012
Jackson's risky creative choices have drained Bilbo Baggins' adventure of its magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
January 7, 2013
It's the behaviour of the supposedly affable dwarves that makes this particular 'adventure' such a punishing experience.
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
December 14, 2012
Jackson has come back to Middle Earth to compose his most masturbatory effort yet.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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