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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

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96

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 235
Fresh: 225 | Rotten: 10

The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 0

The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.

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Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring be trusted? Can Frodo, increasingly under the sway of the ring, even trust himself? Meanwhile, Aragorn, drawing closer to his kingly destiny, rallies forces of good for the battles that must come. Director Peter Jackson delivers an amazing second movie that won 2 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 6 total nominations including Best Picture. The journey continues. So do the astonishing

Aug 26, 2003

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When Gandalf arrives with reinforcements, descending a near-vertical slope using horses where you or I would use snowboards, the spirit of triumphant rampage is something rarely glimpsed since the days of Olivier and Henry V.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The battle for Gollum's mind also provides a fitting teaser conclusion to the second act of a story I'm beginning to wish would never end.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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An army of filmmakers led by the director, Peter Jackson, has made the trilogy's central section a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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More graphic in its violence and more fantastic in its imaginings than the first film.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The Two Towers was always going to be the toughest book to adapt, yet Peter Jackson pulls it off. Part Two is easily as exciting, involving and visually inventive as Part One.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's darker and more urgent than the opening segment, and Jackson again displays an unparalleled grasp of storytelling on a grand scale.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a pitch-perfect second act, full of dark wonder and the slow, pounding pulse of Aragorn's unflagging hope.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Marches along with considerably more assurance and smoothness than the desperately crammed Fellowship.

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

The movie doesn't deepen or expand the tale's themes as masterfully as The Empire Strikes Back added to Star Wars' mystique. But as a stirring story of unsullied heroism, it's a winner, and as an action epic, it features superb battle sequences.

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

The Two Towers, then, is the greatest blockbuster ever made without either a beginning or an end, a feisty beast with a hollow ring in its bones.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

If you're not already on board, you scrabble around as best you can, and this means hard work, which is something rare -- and yes, exhilarating -- in a modern blockbuster.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: smh.com.au
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The second chapter of Peter Jackson's seminal epic disffers from the first in narrative and tone, there are more battle scenes and the mood is darker.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Andy Serkis's work in creating Gollum deserved an honorary Academy Award. His gestures and voice, not computer software, make Gollum so memorable as he wrestles with his inner homicidal maniac. A soaring, searing tale of wonderment.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Gollum and the battles are a triumph of integrated art and technology, and the battles a masterstroke of sheer logistics. (Extended Edition)

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

To say that this is a great movie would be an understatement.

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

Spectacular entertainment.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Glorious escapism that will not make you feel dirty the morning after.

April 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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Though not as precise in its storytelling abilities as its predecessor, 'The Two Towers' makes up for its slowly paced plot with epic action pieces. The Battle of Helm's Deep is massively exciting and impressive, and Serkis' work as Smeagol is just as brilliant. The story may be a little bit of a drag in the second installment of the saga, but the epic battle and final third make it all worth while.
January 8, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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A spectacular and supreme epic action-packed adventure fantasy. It's extraordinary and breathtaking. Astonishing and amazing. The landscapes are beautiful and the performances are magnificent. One of the finest special effects adventures since The Empire Strikes Back. This is my favorite part of the trilogy. An astonishing and tremendously well-crafted epic that's gorgeous, breathtaking and utterly unforgettable. The cast is superb, their chemistry has improved, especially between Mortensen, Bloom and Davies, they are strong, funny and remarkable. An exhilarating and adrenaline-charged action-ride.
December 30, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

The 'Empire Strikes Back' of the LOTR trilogy, concerning the hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his quest to return the ring back to where it was forged. As is the case with this trilogy which neither starts out strong (like 'Fellowship' staying too long at The Shire) nor finishes with force (the many drawn out conclusions to 'Return of the King'), Jackson is allowed to pick up from the middle and finish with an open-ended conclusion to this film, which in turn makes this his strongest film yet. Aragorn's maturing into a king, Gandalf's rock-star return, and Gollum's creepy presence makes this movie a tremendous one that offers a ton of variety in addition to its gorgeous cinematography.
December 23, 2012
Dan Schultz

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    1. Samwise Gamgee: Po-tay-toes! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
    – Submitted by Edward A (8 months ago)
    1. Treebeard: The Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always done.
    2. Merry: How can that be your decision?
    3. Treebeard: This is not our war.
    4. Merry: But you're part of this world! Aren't you?
    – Submitted by Dave H (17 months ago)
    1. Gollum: My precious.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Merry: There won't be a shire, Pip.
    – Submitted by Liam H (19 months ago)
    1. Legolas: They're taking the hobbits to Isengard.
    – Submitted by Catherine D (19 months ago)
    1. Samwise Gamgee: What we need is a few good taters.
    2. Gollum: What's taters, precious? What's taters eh?
    3. Samwise Gamgee: Po-tay-toes! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
    – Submitted by Catherine D (19 months ago)
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