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The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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Sabadino Parker
December 3, 2012
Innovative and beautiful, cheesy and disjointed.

Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
A contemporary viewing of The Lord of the Rings is an exercise in outlandishness as well as nostalgia: dreamlike, peculiar.
Sean Axmaker
April 11, 2010
... dark and fantastical with a mature approach rare in animated films of its day, and Bakshi's rotoscope process creates an unusually fluid and expressive style.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 11, 2010
... in retrospect it feels like an elegant, appropriately sized adaptation - with some beautiful animation work.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bakshi's version, using animation and live-action tracings, is uniformly excellent, sticking closely to the original text and visually echoing many of Tolkien's own drawings.
Joshua Tanzer
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
January 30, 2004
At its best, Bakshi's visualization of Tolkien's world can be startlingly effective… Tolkien fans will appreciate what Bakshi managed to get right.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Gaslin
November 24, 2001
A showcase for inspired imagery and sheer strangeness, a near-miss magnum opus from another era, before the cult of Tolkien went Hollywood.
Matt Ford
April 17, 2001
An atmospheric fairytale romp across the landscapes of Tolkien's imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Quite interesting and rather original.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 3, 2012
Tolkien fans, who are familiar with novels, will find it enjoyble, while others may be confused by the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2010
Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming out.
Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
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.
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