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.
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.
July 7, 2010
Quite simply, those who do not know the characters of Middle Earth going in will not know them coming 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.
May 9, 2005
The film is visually compelling even when murk overtakes the narrative.
October 23, 2004
Falls far short of the charm and sweep of the original story.
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.
Top Critic
April 17, 2001
An atmospheric fairytale romp across the landscapes of Tolkien's imagination.