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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
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
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
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
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Tom Meek
Cambridge Day
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
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 23, 2016
Middle-earth should never feel this middling.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
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
Mark Hughes
Forbes
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.
Jeff Vice
Cinephiled
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
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
April 18, 2014
Smaug slept through the first Hobbit film, and boy was I jealous.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 8, 2014
For all the great effects it garners, [it] is a cold, and monotonous epic that borders on fan fiction.
Ray Pride
Newcity
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.
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
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
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 3, 2014
A terrific middle chapter with plenty of action, excitement and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
An entertaining adventure with some truly masterful moments, but they still fail to justify the nearly three-hour running time.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 15, 2014
Whatever hiccups there are, Freeman continues to be note-perfect, and Jackson does deliver on the action and builds a great deal of momentum in the final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
January 14, 2014
Nearly everyone in the film is creaking under the weight of the past.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 13, 2014
It's natural to be repelled by Jackson's commercial- and franchise-minded motives ... but, ultimately, he delivers escapist entertainment that functions as the cinematic equivalent of comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
For as much as Smaug is a technical improvement over its predecessor, the screenplay is still disappointingly shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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