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

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 23, 2010
...the project couldn't have made me happier. (Extended Edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I loved it and I suggest you watch it, too.
April 28, 2008
A stunning adventure story realized with genuine artistic flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 5, 2008
The sets and special effects are near flawless.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
What gave the film its greatest strength was its cast, in particular Elijah Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
August 13, 2007
Jackson ... conjures the most potent major-motion-picture magic in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Thankfully, if the audience has the patience, the film is good enough to warrant watching again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Putting formula blockbusters to shame, Fellowship is impeccably cast and constructed with both care and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
In unveiling the Holy Grail for action-fantasy aficionados, director and co-writer Peter Jackson has begun a series to rival Star Wars in the pantheon.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
It's finally here. The adaptation of the first installment from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series, and all I have to say is, "Wow."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
The filmmakers have shown great respect for their source material. I was moved by Jackson's passionate, caring, and human portrayals of these characters and dramas.
| Original Score: A+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Director Peter Jackson's awesome three hour film, seeming like half the time, is the handsomest fantasy film ever made. (Published 12-22-01)
| Original Score: A+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
It is imaginative, fierce, even thrilling in spots. Nevertheless, as the curtain comes down, the credits should read Game Over, not The End.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 4, 2004
Tolkien's world explodes onto the screen in vibrant, brooding, beautiful life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
Everyone on screen is all exercised about Frodo's mission, but after three hours it's hard to see why anyone in the audience should be.
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
December 17, 2003
Only Jackson would have conceived of having a dwarf, in the middle of battle, declare 'NOBODY TOSSES A DWARF!' and only Jackson could have gotten away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
August 14, 2003
Once you've got your breath back one thought will prove hard to escape: George Lucas might have a few sleepless nights between now and 2003.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlie Brown
May 28, 2003
What could have been a monumental failure has become one of the greatest examples of how to bring a classic book to the screen.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 10, 2003
...a slightly better-than-average fantasy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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