The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Reviews

December 19, 2014
Untold manpower, pixels, and money culminate in the gangbusters final installment. It can't redeem the useless tedium of the first two, which exist for gargantuan profits and structural necessity.
December 19, 2014
Well, at least there won't be another one for a while.
December 18, 2014
It's adequately visionary, it's routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.
December 18, 2014
It plays out as if someone chucked a whole bunch of carefully detailed Warhammer figurines into a centrifuge -- goblins, goats, dwarfs, wizards and wolves bouncing off one another in waves of alternating tedium and punishment.
December 18, 2014
It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned.
December 18, 2014
Mindless CGI spectacle overpowers every aspect of Peter Jackson's concluding Tolkien adaptation; like the other installments of this lumbering trilogy, it's more tech-demo than movie.
December 18, 2014
What is perhaps most depressing about Jackson's swollen Hobbit enterprise is the way it retrospectively diminishes his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
December 18, 2014
The pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe. There is majesty here, and not just because we're in the presence of magnificently regal madness.
December 18, 2014
Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his Lord of the Rings triumph, Peter Jackson has sadly saved the worst for last. The Battle of the Five Armies is 20 percent inspiration, 80 percent desperation.
December 17, 2014
Look, if you were as bloated as The Hobbit trilogy, you'd probably be showing signs of exhaustion toward the end of a nearly nine-hour runtime, too.