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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 219
Fresh: 200 | Rotten: 19

Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 3

Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.



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Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron. The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won 4 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

Aug 6, 2002


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An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, The Fellowship Of The Ring, than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes, that's swept by almost palpable weather (much of it stormy).

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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It's full of scenic splendors with a fine sense of scale, but its narrative thrust seems relatively pro forma, and I was bored by the battle scenes.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (57)
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This isn't some happy, kid-friendly adventure -- it's the story of how an entire world is plunged into war.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Only someone with a pathological aversion to fantasy could fail to be absorbed and transported by this stunning, sincere and frequently terrifying adaptation.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie masterpiece thrilling, passionate and wise.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

All this plays like a giant game of Myst, with Ring's mythical characters never making the leap from virtual reality to real.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Oodles of technical talent are no substitute for plain old inspiration. Jackson has been working on the Rings project for years, and somewhere along the way his reverence for Tolkien appears to have intimidated his imagination.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

An epic movie of a once-in-a-lifetime sort.

December 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's to Jackson's credit that the saga leaves viewers panting for more.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Director Peter Jackson has not only attempted the most ambitious film project in modern cinema history, he's pulled it off with a breathtaking mixture of nerve and verve, too.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Comment (1)
Birmingham Mail

Visually striking, thematically poignant, and morally weighty, the first film of Lord of the Rings is superb.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Fabulous, but also violent and scary.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (5)
Common Sense Media

"Fellowship" bears well the burden of exposition and character introduction, and also features two of the series' best action setpieces -not just visual-effects reels, but trials by fire of the camaraderie among this ragamuffin band of brothers.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

...the project couldn't have made me happier. (Extended Edition)

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

I loved it and I suggest you watch it, too.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A stunning adventure story realized with genuine artistic flair.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

April 11, 2013
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A great start to one of the greatest film adventures of our time, 'The Fellowship of the Ring' sets a high standard for the rest of the saga. Taking great strides in character development and the story line, the first installment of the series proves to be well made, beautifully shot, and filled with exhilarating action pieces.
January 8, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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Truly one word to describe this film: Spectacular. A brilliant and extraordinary fantasy adventure loaded with great drama and even greater action sequences. Ian McKellen gives an outstanding performance. Ejijah Wood is wonderful. Sean Astin is terrific. Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean and Johnathan Rhys-Davies are magnificent. The cast is truly fantastic. A thrilling, funny and deeply moving movie experience that truly blows you away. A feast for the eyes and ears that truly captivates you from the first to very last shot. The special effects are as superb as the storytelling. A triumphant classic for all times.
December 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Though some of the visuals could never compare to the rest of the trilogy, the first instalment in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is absolutely magnificent. From story to the extremely in-depth characters, this film is one that I will remember forever. This is not just a journey, this is an exploration that will never be too long. There are so many little side plots throughout this film, and the running time may bother some viewers, but I believe them all to be worth it. This film leaves you at a nice point to continue in the series, but I never wanted it to end. The cinematography is fantastic and the direction is top notch. Peter Jackson can direct the hell out of movies. "The Fellowship of the Ring" is terrific on an entertainment level and on a filmmaking level.
December 13, 2012
KJ Proulx

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    1. Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
    – Submitted by Rubén P (2 months ago)
    1. Frodo Baggins: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
    2. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    – Submitted by Edward A (10 months ago)
    1. Sauron: You can not hide, I see you! There is no life, after me. Only...death!
    – Submitted by Connor N (11 months ago)
    1. Gandalf: You shall not pass!
    – Submitted by Ben D (11 months ago)
    1. Frodo Baggins: Mordor! I hope the others find a safer road.
    2. Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee: Strider'll look after them.
    3. Frodo Baggins: I don't suppose we'll ever see them again.
    4. Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee: We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may.
    5. Frodo Baggins: Sam? I'm glad you're with me.
    – Submitted by Jean R (17 months ago)
    1. Bilbo Baggins: No, thank you! We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!
    2. Gandalf: And what about very old friends?
    3. Bilbo Baggins: Gandalf?
    4. Gandalf: Bilbo Baggins.
    5. Bilbo Baggins: My dear Gandalf!
    6. Gandalf: Good to see you, 111 years old! Who would believe it? You haven't aged a day.
    – Submitted by Jean R (18 months ago)
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