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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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November 12, 2014
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is like being trapped in a nerd's bedroom.
December 11, 2002
I'll be the reckless, foolish messenger and endure the wrath of LOTR devotees: Compared to The Fellowship, The Two Towers is a big, sprawling disappointment.
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January 19, 2003
A film that worships itself with every frame. A sprawling, boisterous fantasy, but one that takes itself as seriously as if it were a documentary.
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December 19, 2002
Maybe The Two Towers will stand as a more respectable and meaningful bridge between the crucial first and last entries. On its own, however, it is a crushing disappointment of ill-advised missteps and misplaced opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2013
Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle.
January 16, 2003
Why, I asked myself, isn't it more interesting? My answer: length, violence and redundance.
December 22, 2002
The least entertaining sequel to an event film this side of, Men in Black II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
December 18, 2002
This go-around bored me, confused me at times and didn't really get too much deeper into its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 20, 2002
Given his enduring success, author J.R.R. Tolkien must have been a fantasy master. He is being massively Jacksonized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2002
The spectacle of thousands of Orcs charging on giant hyenas or hundreds of towering Ents striding across a blighted landscape impresses only so much before you want to reach for a joy stick and get in on the action yourself.
March 3, 2005
I began to wonder, as the waves crashed about: Is it still possible for a movie to get excited about people?
November 12, 2014
The Two Towers is a satisfying and wholly gripping drama in its own right. Inevitably, Janus-like, it looks back to the Shire, and forward to the hour of doom. And after three hours, you will too.
November 12, 2014
While the acting is once more solid throughout, even with the Shakespearean Ian McKellen given too little to do as the good wizard Gandalf, the most impressive performance of all comes from digital magicians who created the wretched Gollum, Smeagol.
November 19, 2013
It's darker and more urgent than the opening segment, and Jackson again displays an unparalleled grasp of storytelling on a grand scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 5, 2005
Jackson once again gives stunning life to one of the finest stories ever written with The Two Towers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2003
It is, simply, what movie-making should be, the kind of film that proves that 'quality cinema' and 'blockbuster entertainment' are not, and should not be, mutually exclusive.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 19, 2002
The first film was good. The Two Towers ... is much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 24, 2002
"Towers" is a much darker and chaotic experience, showing Frodo near the point of collapse, the future as bleak and hopeless, and emphasizing a war of actions that supplant the first film's war of words.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2011
The Two Towers, then, is the greatest blockbuster ever made without either a beginning or an end, a feisty beast with a hollow ring in its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 18, 2002
It is not faithful to the spirit of Tolkien and misplaces much of the charm and whimsy of the books, but it stands on its own as a visionary thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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