The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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August 12, 2019
Ralph Bakshi achieves spectacular effects. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 31, 2019
A film that, despite its palpable narrative shortages, is not only fascinating regarding its visual commitment, but also because it laid a strong base for the material shot by Jackson a quarter of a century later. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 26, 2019
Lacking a firm center in Frodo's story, the film plays itself out as a bewildering parade of elves, dwarves, ores, trolls and talking trees.
March 26, 2019
[W]e should be grateful that Bakshi has tried so hard to be faithful to the original that its spirit and inspiration often shine through to stir the blood.
March 26, 2019
A genuine cult movie
March 26, 2019
Bakshi proves once again that he is a master of his chosen medium.
March 26, 2019
Lord of the Rings never makes that wondrous leap to the land of the imagination.
March 26, 2019
Ralph Bakshi's imagination was on the Fritz; his animated version of Tolkien's fable made Middle-earth look like Grand Central Station during the rush hour of the Ores.
March 26, 2019
It seems less concerned with Tolkien than the West Coast drug culture of the mid-1970s and as a herald of New Ageism.
March 26, 2019
Full of epic effects and breathtaking battles the film reflects Bakshi's ingenuity, with photographic imagery and light show effects expanding the limits of the palette used in previous animation features.
February 12, 2019
It's a divisive film but I appreciate some of the choices that it made.
June 24, 2015
Even the most magical fantasy falls to earth if it's not clear who's who and what's happening, as every maker of fables should know.
December 3, 2012
Tolkien fans, who are familiar with novels, will find it enjoyble, while others may be confused by the action.
December 3, 2012
Innovative and beautiful, cheesy and disjointed.
December 3, 2012
What most people remember is the mix of the live-action tracing within the traditional animation and just how effectively creepy it managed to be, but for the time this did a pretty good job of adapting the dense novels.
December 3, 2012
It looked terrible then and it still does: cartoon characters move differently from live actors, and the attempt to duplicate natural movement ends in stylistic incoherence.
November 25, 2012
It's a reckless film, blitzing through some plot points and stalling out over others; the lack of a particular rhythm does not do it any favors, and it is certainly not a fast 133 minutes.
October 14, 2011
A contemporary viewing of The Lord of the Rings is an exercise in outlandishness as well as nostalgia: dreamlike, peculiar.
August 3, 2010
Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.
July 7, 2010
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.
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