The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Critics Consensus

While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.



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The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.(c) WB


Ian McKellen
as Gandalf
Martin Freeman
as Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage
as Thorin Oakenshield
Cate Blanchett
as Galadriel
Luke Evans
as Bard the Bowman
Lee Pace
as Thranduil
Ken Stott
as Balin
Stephen Fry
as Master of Laketown
Ryan Gage
as Alfrid
Craig Hall
as Galion
Eli Kent
as Lethuin
Sarah Peirse
as Hilda Bianca
Dallas Barnett
as Bill Ferny Snr
Katie Jackson
as Betsy Butterbur
Richard Whiteside
as Butterbur Snr
Greg Ellis
as Net Mender
Ray Henwood
as Old Fisherman
Tim Irwin Gordon
as Stallkeeper
Jabez Olssen
as Fish Monger
Stephen Colbert
as Laketown Spy
Peter Colbert
as Laketown Spy
John Colbert
as Laketown Spy
Norman Kali
as Laketown Spy
Carter Nixon
as Laketown Spy
Zane Weiner
as Laketown Spy
Dane Allan Smith
as Orc Underling
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Critic Reviews for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

All Critics (237) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (176) | Rotten (61)

  • The tale has no emotional resonance, and the thinness of the plot (only five of the book's chapters are adapted here) and the colorless depictions of the leading characters do it no favors.

    Dec 30, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Be forewarned: Whether through ego, avarice, or unchecked enthusiasm, Jackson has wandered deep into the realm of fan fiction.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • With the introductions and bag-packing out of the way from the first film, the new movie jumps straight into the action and doesn't relent until the cliffhanger ending almost three hours later.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Desolation of Smaug looks as dreary as the title would lead you to believe. The whole thing lingers in the memory as piles of sludge and ash.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • I'm not an aficionado of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderworlds and I was bored with the first Hobbit movie. All this is by way of saying I quite liked its sequel and the second in the trilogy.

    Dec 13, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  • Jan 20, 2019
    I'm happy to be back in this world, but Empire this ain't.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2016
    another enjoyable episode of middle earth. highlight of this one had to be legolas.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2015
    It has its moments, but I feel that on the whole this is just a boring and pointless film. Nothing really happens here...this is just a bridge between the first and final films in the series.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2014
    25 minutes of average video-game cutaway material in a three hour bore fest. Martin Freeman decent enough, though.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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