The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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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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Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage) continue east. More dangers await them, including the skin-changer Beorn and the giant spiders of Milkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood Elves, Bilbo and the dwarves journey to Lake-town and, finally, to the Lonely Mountain, where they face the greatest danger of all: the fearsome dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

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Critic Reviews for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

All Critics (246) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (182) | Rotten (64)

  • 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.

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

    December 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.

    December 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.

    December 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.

    December 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.

    December 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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