The Lord of the Rings Reviews

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
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.
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
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.
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.
April 13, 2010
The live action version trumps it in every conceivable way; there simply is no comparison. And yet Middle Earth is still better off for its presence.
March 17, 2008
June 11, 2005
March 18, 2005
October 23, 2004
Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.
November 7, 2003
It is here we see Bakshi "jump the shark..."
October 17, 2003
September 12, 2001
...a noble effort, original in concept if disappointing in execution.
August 5, 2001
The hobbits all look like Joey Lawrence -- what's up with that?
January 1, 2000
I didn't like this film version of Lord of Rings. If it's any comfort, fans won't like it either.