The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 12, 2014
These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained.
Alexander Walker
This is London
November 12, 2014
What an eyeful it is. This is probably the greatest battlepiece composed for the screen since Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible.
Mark Monahan
Daily Telegraph
November 12, 2014
This film is a towering achievement, and the next installment can't come soon enough.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2014
It's a thrilling three-hour epic that flies at a gallop, boasts the most impressive computer graphics yet created, and succeeds smashingly as grownup drama and kid-captivating fantasy.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 12, 2014
This is, I can say without fear of exaggerating, one of the great films of all time.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 12, 2014
Much of the movie is exciting. But none of it is as satisfying as what Jackson was able to create in Fellowship, the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
November 12, 2014
While the acting is once more solid throughout, even with the Shakespearean Ian McKellen given too little to do as the good wizard Gandalf, the most impressive performance of all comes from digital magicians who created the wretched Gollum, Smeagol.
Sarah Sands
Daily Telegraph
November 12, 2014
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is like being trapped in a nerd's bedroom.
Margaret Pomeranz
sbs.com.au
November 12, 2014
While some people think this surpasses the original, I don't. The storylines are fractured and geographically and narratively it's sometimes hard to figure out what's going on... but the positives are many.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Suzi Feay
Independent
November 12, 2014
The Two Towers is a satisfying and wholly gripping drama in its own right. Inevitably, Janus-like, it looks back to the Shire, and forward to the hour of doom. And after three hours, you will too.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 19, 2013
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 19, 2013
To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 19, 2013
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 19, 2013
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.

Total Film
November 19, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Caro
Radio Times
November 19, 2013
It's darker and more urgent than the opening segment, and Jackson again displays an unparalleled grasp of storytelling on a grand scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Erin Podolsky
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 19, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 19, 2013
Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2013
Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 9, 2012
Marches along with considerably more assurance and smoothness than the desperately crammed Fellowship.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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