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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
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
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
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.
J. Olson
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
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A bloated, entirely unnecessary cash-grab prequel suffering from a fatal case of elephantitis.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
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
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 2, 2013
An occasionally entertaining but empty fantasy epic...
John Serba
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
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
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
Eric D. Snider
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
Will Leitch
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+
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
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
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
It's a journey that any fan of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy should enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth feels familiar and unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
If Jackson had focused simply on Bilbo's party and their attempts to get a proper homeland for the dwarves, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' would have been a leaner, more engaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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