Feb 1, 2021
There's no shortage of story threads, of hard to remember names but Jackson weaves it all together seamlessly - with some "Walking Dead" style battle scenes... lots of arrows in the head - and has made a big handsome movie to get lost in.
Dec 3, 2020
The adventure is undoubtedly epic and would likely suffer little from excising excess bits of winding tracking shots through Byzantine structures.
Oct 2, 2020
Meanwhile, back in Middle-earth, everyone is displaying worrying symptoms associated with the dreaded plight known as Middle-film Syndrome.
Sep 10, 2020
A vast improvement upon its predecessor.
Jul 16, 2020
The whimsical and light-hearted approach has gone, replaced by a tonally darker film.
Jul 8, 2020
Overlong, bloated, and tedious, Jackson even did something that I'd have thought impossible, he made a giant, fire-breathing dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch boring as hell.
Jun 30, 2020
The Desolation of Smaug is a definite improvement upon An Unexpected Journey. While I did like the first chapter, I am not above admitting it had its faults
Jun 25, 2020
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a good fantasy adventure that is responsible for giving us a more visceral, visually amazing and entertaining film chapter than "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". [Full review in Spanish]
Jun 9, 2020
Peter Jackson keeps The Hobbit franchise intact with this latest chapter! Fun, Fantastical and Fantabulous!
May 30, 2020
The Desolation of Smaug is much better than its predecessor, and is one of the best films of the year. The special effects are magnificent; the work accomplished with the Smaug character is incredible. [Full review in Spanish]
Nov 21, 2019
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.
Nov 21, 2019
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.
Aug 29, 2019
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.
Aug 27, 2019
Hobbit haters get dragon-forged coal for Christmas.
Jul 31, 2019
The film is nothing short of a visual stunner.
Jun 9, 2019
Formless, unwieldy, and ultimately disappointing.
Jun 8, 2019
Regaining the epic scope and portentousness of The Lord of the Rings and bringing some brilliant new additions to Tolkien's text, this is visually rich, emotionally engaging, compelling filmmaking at its best.
Jan 19, 2019
The movie is good fantasy action fun, made by people who really care and know what they're doing.
Jan 14, 2019
More reasons to watch: Benedict Cumberbatch doing the absolute most.
Nov 20, 2018
The problem with a five (soon to be six) movie franchise is that there can't help but seem a touch of the law of diminishing returns by the latter episodes.