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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviews

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November 17, 2017
The film is supremely accessible and enjoyable, even if you haven't read Tolkien.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 11, 2017
The Hobbit is too long and at times a little hard to look at, but fans of Tolkien and/or the first trilogy are bound to be thrilled with a return trip to Middle Earth. Everyone else can come for the HFR and stay for that Gollum/Bilbo throwdown.
September 5, 2017
Jackson managed to do something that I never thought was possible--make me care about a Hobbit tale. He also delivered one of the best cliffhangers of the year. Kudos to that.
February 28, 2017
If the finale is exhausting, for the most part the first half of The Desolation of Smaug is invigorating and frequently exhilarating.
July 14, 2016
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug manages to zip nicely along. Yes, it's 2 hours and 40 minutes. But it doesn't really feel like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2016
Yes, this is evolution in the right direction, but now it's time to take that energy and give us a final chapter that will move and inspire as well as dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 23, 2016
If you are content to spend as much time in Middle Earth as possible, you'll have plenty of fun with this year's installment. But if you're a stickler for literary accuracy and pacing, the offering may prove only slightly less frustrating.
May 23, 2016
The most fun part of the film comes as the dwarves flee the elven holding block in oak kegs and shoot down whitewater rapids through a gauntlet of orcs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2016
Middle-earth should never feel this middling.
April 12, 2016
A modest but definite improvement on its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 11, 2014
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is technically "better" than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the same way Attack of the Clones was technically "better" than The Phantom Menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
August 1, 2014
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is another grand entry in the Tolkien saga, raising the emotional and physical stakes while revealing more of the sinister forces that we know will ultimately come to threaten the entire world.
May 12, 2014
"(There) seems to be more action this time around. It's much more thrilling and is, again, pertinent, necessary action. And the character moments just work better in this installment."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2014
Smaug slept through the first Hobbit film, and boy was I jealous.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 8, 2014
For all the great effects it garners, [it] is a cold, and monotonous epic that borders on fan fiction.
April 7, 2014
The dragon is battled by dwarf, elf and Hobbit in a semi-decipherable battle of industrial de-evolution. Gold seethes down like the sweetest Caramelo candy bars passed down from the Gods. Oh, the beauty of the fallen, fiscal world.
February 7, 2014
It's these impulses of Jackson (amped up action and crass disrespect for the text) that spoiled the film; there's no let up, no pause for breath, no pause even for meals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2014
As usual, the dialogue includes certain important-seeming nouns which bushy beards and thick theatrical accents make difficult to discern.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 3, 2014
A terrific middle chapter with plenty of action, excitement and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 22, 2014
An entertaining adventure with some truly masterful moments, but they still fail to justify the nearly three-hour running time.
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