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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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Sarah Sands
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 12, 2014
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is like being trapped in a nerd's bedroom.
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
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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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
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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Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
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
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 19, 2013
Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 16, 2003
Why, I asked myself, isn't it more interesting? My answer: length, violence and redundance.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 22, 2002
The least entertaining sequel to an event film this side of, Men in Black II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
I began to wonder, as the waves crashed about: Is it still possible for a movie to get excited about people?
Suzi Feay
Independent (UK)
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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.
Jason Caro
Radio Times
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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.
| Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 19, 2002
The first film was good. The Two Towers ... is much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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

The Straits Times (Singapore)
March 1, 2003

Hindustan Times
May 16, 2003
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