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

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Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 7, 2014
The Fellowship of the Ring is an unqualified triumph. More, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 7, 2014
I have no serious criticisms. The film does full justice to Tolkien, who has often -- and erroneously -- been accused of escapism.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 7, 2014
It's hard to imagine any but the most nit-picky and dogmatic being disappointed by this epic, lovingly crafted movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Xan Brooks
December 7, 2014
Most ambitiously, this rousing adventure closes with an ending that's closer in spirit to an art-house film than a popcorn holiday romp.

Total Film
November 18, 2013
This isn't some happy, kid-friendly adventure -- it's the story of how an entire world is plunged into war.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
November 18, 2013
Only someone with a pathological aversion to fantasy could fail to be absorbed and transported by this stunning, sincere and frequently terrifying adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 18, 2013
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.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 18, 2013
The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie masterpiece thrilling, passionate and wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 18, 2013
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 18, 2013
Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 18, 2013
Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes, that's swept by almost palpable weather (much of it stormy).
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 9, 2012
An epic movie of a once-in-a-lifetime sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
It's to Jackson's credit that the saga leaves viewers panting for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
December 9, 2011
Director Peter Jackson has not only attempted the most ambitious film project in modern cinema history, he's pulled it off with a breathtaking mixture of nerve and verve, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2011
Visually striking, thematically poignant, and morally weighty, the first film of Lord of the Rings is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
"Fellowship" bears well the burden of exposition and character introduction, and also features two of the series' best action setpieces -not just visual-effects reels, but trials by fire of the camaraderie among this ragamuffin band of brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 23, 2010
...the project couldn't have made me happier. (Extended Edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I loved it and I suggest you watch it, too.
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