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Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life. Read critic reviews

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The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer - to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Cast & Crew

Sean Astin
Samwise Gamgee
Billy Boyd
Peregrin Took
Dominic Monaghan
Meriadoc Brandybuck
Ian Holm
Bilbo Baggins
Andy Serkis
Gollum, Smeagol
J.R.R. Tolkien
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Robert Shaye
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Michael Lynne
Executive Producer
Mark Ordesky
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Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
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Andrew Lesnie
Director of Photography
Grant Major
Production Designer
John Gilbert
Film Editor
Rick Porras
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Jamie Selkirk
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Critic Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • Jackson is working from obvious passion; he knows the most special of effects are expected of him but deploys his technology smartly.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Most ambitiously, this rousing adventure closes with an ending that's closer in spirit to an art-house film than a popcorn holiday romp.

    December 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, The Fellowship Of The Ring, than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay.

    November 18, 2013
  • If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Jackson is working from obvious passion; he knows the most special of effects are expected of him but deploys his technology smartly.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Most ambitiously, this rousing adventure closes with an ending that's closer in spirit to an art-house film than a popcorn holiday romp.

    December 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, The Fellowship Of The Ring, than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay.

    November 18, 2013
  • I'm sure you can smell the nerdy fan-girl coming from this review but it is a film I genuinely love and was thrilled to rewatch for this challenge.

    March 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Excellent well-made adventure film especially when compared with mediocre output of current superhero movies. Grand old fashioned entertainment.

    January 5, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Sep 21, 2017
    I am sad that I am just now catching up on these iconic films. The Fellowship of the Ring is a sprawling, epic and hugely ambitious film, both technically masterful and narratively gripping. It's visual splendor is pure ahead of its time magic. This film is so beautiful to behold that even in 2017, it would have blown people away. What weighs it down somewhat is its excessive length that adds several battering fight scenes, that sometimes border on tedium. But the spectacular grandiosity of it all invokes a feeling of nostalgia and awe at the fantasy elements and characters. A truly exciting start to the series. Rating: 83
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2016
    It is my firm belief that the standard versions of The Lord of the Rings should be jettisoned in favour of the extended editions universally. Sure, the near 4 hour runtime is a tad steep, but for an absolute masterpiece like this, it's work every second and the first act of undoubtedly the best trilogy in cinematic history!
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2016
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has beautiful visuals, ambitious story, great characters, heart and is brooding as well. This film is an example of breathtaking filmmaking and is one of the best films of all time!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This is probably the best of the three movies and there are many reasons why. This is the movie that started the entire series and, man, did it do that in the most beautiful way imaginable. This movie introduced us to what we all know now as Middle-earth, the most magical and beautiful place ever seen on the screen. We have an entire fellowship of characters who all have very different personalities, but are able to put aside their differences and work together in order to bring the One Ring into the last place any normal being would ever want to enter. This is a perfect movie in almost every thinkable way.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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