The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Reviews

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September 19, 2019
Beyond a bloated, mind-numbing free-for-all that feels like watching a bunch of school kids playing Dodge ball with reckless abandon, Jackson fails to instill the same sense of awe and magic evident in his first round of monolithic films.
August 2, 2019
The casting has always seemed perfect, but we see how adeptly Freeman finds authentic resolve in the mannerisms and quirks we've come to expect as he has inhabited his character.
July 30, 2019
There are many things I don't understand: quantum mechanics, car commercials, who put the bomp in the bomb bah bomp bah bomp. But chief among the perplexing unsolvables to me remains how people don't like the current Hobbit series.
May 17, 2019
Peter Jackson is a monumentally gifted world builder, but The Battle of the Five Armies is obese with dull characterisation yet skeletal when it comes to energy and narrative satisfaction. Tolkien's hot water bottle of a fairytale has been scorched.
March 20, 2019
It's a great, intimate story told by a fine actor, but it unfortunately gets drowned out by all the noise.
January 31, 2019
The film is massive in cast, battle and scale. I think it loses itself in all of that, but it's still full of heart.
January 19, 2019
La batalla de los cinco ejércitos complacerá a las audiencias con algunas de sus espectaculares secuencias de acción, pero es la idea de que es el cierre de un capítulo lo que termina por darle un elemento nostálgico a la película.
January 14, 2019
I'm particularly charmed by the dark twist on Disney on Ice, aka Thorin Fights Azog to the Death on Ice.
January 9, 2019
[W]hile the film has its (...) dazzling moments, it does prove what many fans had bemoaned from the very start of this enterprise: it should have been two films, not three.
December 20, 2018
Jackson and Co. have taken a small bit of story and made it into something worthy of feature-length life, and that's as magical as anything within the film itself.
November 2, 2018
Taken together, the filmic Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies combine to provide a perfect six-movie cycle with a clean beginning, middle and end, allowing us to fully appreciate this mammoth undertaking for what it has accomplished.
June 12, 2018
It is action action action, beginning to end. You've already seen the first two, so go ahead and see this one. It completes the collection.
May 23, 2018
Ultimately the problem here isn't the acting or directing. It's quite simply one of the most clearcut cases I've ever seen of a trilogy that failed because it should have been a single movie.
April 11, 2018
When all is said and done, the film is what it is: a good conclusion to a stretched-out trilogy.
March 17, 2018
Maybe in a decade or so the time will be right for another, lighter adaptation.
February 16, 2018
For all its pomp and bombast, the only thing I can think of is cheese. The final film stretches out in front of me like a sea of Dairylea: an endless, formless, highly processed mass of nothingness, smelling slightly of prosthetics and hairy feet.
January 30, 2018
...the worst of the Middle Earth adventures. [Full review in Spanish]
December 2, 2017
There is a lot of crowd-pleasing chaos; most notably a fight across a crumbling bridge on an icy mountain that just might be one of my favorite sequences across all six films
November 11, 2017
The battles are indeed mammoth and this is undoubtedly the most deadly of the Hobbit series.
August 30, 2017
[Hobbit 3] maintains the light and often humorous spirit of the prequel franchise and still manages to remind us we are coming close to the actual LOTR with its lessons in the sins of greed and avarice.
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