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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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September 1, 2017
Slow start, senstational ending: a decent job. No The Lord Of The Rings, but no The Phantom Menace either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2017
Virtuous, authentic heroes have a way of making more heroes as they journey on, whether across a movie screen or the pages of a beloved book.
March 28, 2017
There is a good deal to be said about Peter Jackson's long-awaited and exceedingly long adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, most of it bad.
July 14, 2016
There were extended sequences when my eyes literally could not track the action. Sense of space was demolished. Motion swamped the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2016
The 'LOTR' films have become so iconic and undeniably definitive, that it's often anticlimactic in 'The Hobbit' to hear grand characters saying new sentences in new settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 10, 2016
Watching the three great actors in eye-popping 3D as they go on and on about dwarves, dragons, a necromancer, elves and ogres is the joy and ridiculousness of a fantasy movie that takes itself very honestly and seriously.
April 12, 2016
[Peter Jackson's] efforts to filter or self-edit - assuming there were any - remain fruitless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 3, 2015
A bloated, entirely unnecessary cash-grab prequel suffering from a fatal case of elephantitis.
April 28, 2014
You may have seen Middle Earth before. But you haven't been IN Middle Earth.Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has made it possible for you to feel like you're surrounded by the astonishing environment created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2014
With the first film pushing three hours, purists will be pleased. Less die-hard audiences will find a lot of meandering set-up - albeit visually gorgeous meandering setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2014
Remember the joke that The Fellowship of the Ring was just a bunch of people walking around for three hours? In this case, it's actually true.
December 2, 2013
An occasionally entertaining but empty fantasy epic...
November 18, 2013
It rambles over hill and dale and mountain and field and forest and marsh and through cavern and catacomb and grotto and pothole...but will please the Tolkien faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2013
While the new scenes don't add much to the great film, the outstanding wealth of special features makes this one of the must-own Blu-rays of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 28, 2013
It's like we returned to Disneyland to find it looking as magical as ever, but with most of the rides closed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 23, 2013
There are worse ways to kill time, sure; it's just that there is, alas, so much time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 24, 2013
"Unexpected Journey" runs nearly three hours. That gives Jackson plenty of time to revive its magic [which he does] by triggering our good will toward the "Rings" trilogy. He evokes the trilogy's tone and its rhythms.
May 13, 2013
As great as Serkis is, he can't begin to make 'The Hobbit' look anything but short.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 14, 2013
The odd thing about the saying "too much of a good thing" is that it acknowledges the fact that, something, in general, is composed of an overabundance of excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2013
The Hobbit may not be as memorable as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it's a mostly faithful adaptation that sticks to the same tones and themes of the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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