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
[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
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.
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.
October 14, 2011
A contemporary viewing of The Lord of the Rings is an exercise in outlandishness as well as nostalgia: dreamlike, peculiar.
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.
April 11, 2010
... in retrospect it feels like an elegant, appropriately sized adaptation - with some beautiful animation work.
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.
August 7, 2005
May 9, 2005
The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.
February 10, 2004
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.
January 23, 2004
August 22, 2003
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.
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