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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

I'll be the reckless, foolish messenger and endure the wrath of LOTR devotees: Compared to The Fellowship, The Two Towers is a big, sprawling disappointment.

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December 11, 2002
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

A film that worships itself with every frame. A sprawling, boisterous fantasy, but one that takes itself as seriously as if it were a documentary.

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January 19, 2003
Dustin Putman

Maybe The Two Towers will stand as a more respectable and meaningful bridge between the crucial first and last entries. On its own, however, it is a crushing disappointment of ill-advised missteps and misplaced opportunities.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 19, 2002
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine

November 19, 2013
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Why, I asked myself, isn't it more interesting? My answer: length, violence and redundance.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

January 16, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

The least entertaining sequel to an event film this side of, Men in Black II.

Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum | Original Score: 3/10

December 22, 2002
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This go-around bored me, confused me at times and didn't really get too much deeper into its characters.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

December 18, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Given his enduring success, author J.R.R. Tolkien must have been a fantasy master. He is being massively Jacksonized.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The spectacle of thousands of Orcs charging on giant hyenas or hundreds of towering Ents striding across a blighted landscape impresses only so much before you want to reach for a joy stick and get in on the action yourself.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

December 23, 2002
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

I began to wonder, as the waves crashed about: Is it still possible for a movie to get excited about people?

Full Review Source: The Nation

March 3, 2005
Jason Caro
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2013
Jason Zingale

Jackson once again gives stunning life to one of the finest stories ever written with The Two Towers.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It is, simply, what movie-making should be, the kind of film that proves that 'quality cinema' and 'blockbuster entertainment' are not, and should not be, mutually exclusive.

| Original Score: A-

September 7, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The first film was good. The Two Towers ... is much better.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 19, 2002
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

"Towers" is a much darker and chaotic experience, showing Frodo near the point of collapse, the future as bleak and hopeless, and emphasizing a war of actions that supplant the first film's war of words.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

December 24, 2002
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 5/5

December 9, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is not faithful to the spirit of Tolkien and misplaces much of the charm and whimsy of the books, but it stands on its own as a visionary thriller.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 18, 2002
James Berardinelli
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In nearly every way that counts, The Two Towers is The Fellowship of the Ring's equal.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

December 17, 2002
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 7, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

And the Masterpiece continues.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2005
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