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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

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August 26, 2018
An adequate filmmaking exercise that strikes most of the same beats as Lord of the Rings without any of the importance, epic scope or je ne sais quoi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2018
Freeman has been well cast as the young Bilbo, providing a sense of British indignity accompanied by his slightly gormless, gob-smacked facial expressions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2018
It also has one thing that Lord of the Rings never did: A story that is human-scale, even if it's about hobbits and dwarves.
November 21, 2017
At the centre are terrific performances from Freeman and Richard Armitage as the dwarf Thorin, plus all the lush scenery, majesty and magic we've come to expect from Jackson - strengths that will have us counting the days until part two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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+
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