The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Reviews

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January 9, 2020
As a filmgoing experience in its own right, The Battle of the Five Armies is erratic and unsatisfying.
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.
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 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.
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.
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]
August 17, 2017
While not packing the same punch as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the sixth film is a tenuously sufficient end to The Hobbit trilogy that never really found its footing.
February 24, 2017
The Battle of the Five Armies is a lot more of the same, substituting mindless, even dull action at the expense of character development [...] there is just enough here to be passable, and it completes The Hobbit trilogy on a mostly positive note.
September 20, 2016
Without a single narrative throughline sufficiently weighty to justify the continued involvement of most of the main characters, just about everyone besides Thorin kind of... bops around.
July 14, 2016
For nearly 2.5 interminable hours, The Battle of the Five Armies throws waves of computer-generated elves and computer-generated dwarves against computer-generated orcs.
June 1, 2016
It's too long, too dreary, unnecessarily convoluted and while a technical marvel it simply doesn't engage the emotions at all.
April 12, 2016
Jackson has finally given his beloved series an appropriately fiery Viking's funeral, setting it aflame and pushing its decaying corpse out to nowhere in particular.
February 25, 2016
The movie is another entertaining bout of a big kid playing in a vast special effects sandbox, but little else.
October 10, 2015
At two hours 24 minutes the final Hobbit movie is the shortest of all of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth epics but it still feels like butter scraped over too much bread.
October 10, 2015
Such ingenuity is at the service of a project that lost its emotional core when Jackson decided to take Tolkien's relatively streamlined novel and pump it up into three plus-sized movies.
October 10, 2015
At two hours and 24 minutes it's the shortest of the trilogy, but it still feels longer than it needs to be.
April 2, 2015
The battle for the Lonely Mountain took way too long.
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