The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Reviews

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January 6, 2015
This is comfortably straightforward hokum -- which is to say that Jackson, for all his delusions of grandeur, remains a bit of a hobbit at heart.
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.
December 17, 2014
Fighting -- presented with Jackson's usual double helpings of visual splendor, emotional oomph and low-key comedy -- is what "Battle of the Five Armies" is all about.
December 17, 2014
While more than enough praise has been poured on Jackson and his singular gift for CG spectacle, Martin Freeman deserves some credit for lending humor and humanity to what could have been a numbing orgy of pixelated mayhem.
December 17, 2014
The magic, fleeting to start with, is mostly gone.
December 17, 2014
It may occasionally seem to be aware of its undiluted preposterousness, but that hardly eases the experience of sitting through its endless cartoonish action sequences and overwrought emotional payoffs.
December 17, 2014
Considered as contemporary CGI-driven action-adventure cinema, and as the template for a new generation of video games, they are rich and entertaining. Even in the decadent phase of his genius, Jackson remains an expert world-builder and image-maker.
December 17, 2014
This third installment of The Hobbit trilogy is allegedly the shortest of all of Peter Jackson's Tolkien films, but my theater must have been orbiting a black hole because I could swear it swallowed up 20 years of my life.
December 16, 2014
What looked like indulgent folly at the outset now seems closer to epic justification, as Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy draws to a rousing close.
December 16, 2014
[Freeman] could have made a great Bilbo. Instead he's the one thing that has made this trilogy bearable.
December 16, 2014
Five armies are too many.
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