The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Critics Consensus

Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.

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Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron. The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won 4 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

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Critic Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • Most ambitiously, this rousing adventure closes with an ending that's closer in spirit to an art-house film than a popcorn holiday romp.

    Dec 7, 2014 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, The Fellowship Of The Ring, than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay.

    Nov 18, 2013

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures.

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes, that's swept by almost palpable weather (much of it stormy).

    Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Sep 21, 2017
    I am sad that I am just now catching up on these iconic films. The Fellowship of the Ring is a sprawling, epic and hugely ambitious film, both technically masterful and narratively gripping. It's visual splendor is pure ahead of its time magic. This film is so beautiful to behold that even in 2017, it would have blown people away. What weighs it down somewhat is its excessive length that adds several battering fight scenes, that sometimes border on tedium. But the spectacular grandiosity of it all invokes a feeling of nostalgia and awe at the fantasy elements and characters. A truly exciting start to the series. Rating: 83
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2016
    It is my firm belief that the standard versions of The Lord of the Rings should be jettisoned in favour of the extended editions universally. Sure, the near 4 hour runtime is a tad steep, but for an absolute masterpiece like this, it's work every second and the first act of undoubtedly the best trilogy in cinematic history!
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2016
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has beautiful visuals, ambitious story, great characters, heart and is brooding as well. This film is an example of breathtaking filmmaking and is one of the best films of all time!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This is probably the best of the three movies and there are many reasons why. This is the movie that started the entire series and, man, did it do that in the most beautiful way imaginable. This movie introduced us to what we all know now as Middle-earth, the most magical and beautiful place ever seen on the screen. We have an entire fellowship of characters who all have very different personalities, but are able to put aside their differences and work together in order to bring the One Ring into the last place any normal being would ever want to enter. This is a perfect movie in almost every thinkable way.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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