The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

2013

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

Cast

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 (239) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (177) | Rotten (62)

  • The Desolation of Smaug has a few beautiful moments, but...these two Hobbit films feel like one of those Star Wars spin-off novels where they take place in the same universe as the main storyline, but don't actually feel like a true part of it.

    November 21, 2019 | Rating: 2.8/5 | Full Review…
  • The Desolation of Smaug doesn't disappoint. Despite its questionable plot lines and dialogue, it ticks the boxes as an action-packed, visually stunning feature.

    November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While it's saddled with being the bridge between two other films, The Desolation of Smaug wholly succeeds where An Unexpected Journey did not in that it makes us look forward to the final installment.

    August 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hobbit haters get dragon-forged coal for Christmas.

    August 27, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The film is nothing short of a visual stunner.

    July 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Formless, unwieldy, and ultimately disappointing.

    June 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | 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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