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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2014
It's a thrilling three-hour epic that flies at a gallop, boasts the most impressive computer graphics yet created, and succeeds smashingly as grownup drama and kid-captivating fantasy.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 19, 2013
When Gandalf arrives with reinforcements, descending a near-vertical slope using horses where you or I would use snowboards, the spirit of triumphant rampage is something rarely glimpsed since the days of Olivier and Henry V.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 19, 2013
To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 19, 2013
The battle for Gollum's mind also provides a fitting teaser conclusion to the second act of a story I'm beginning to wish would never end.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2013
Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 7, 2011
An army of filmmakers led by the director, Peter Jackson, has made the trilogy's central section a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
More graphic in its violence and more fantastic in its imaginings than the first film.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
In size and scale, Jackson has redefined the word 'epic' -- but his attention to the small things really gives this series its awesome stature.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
This second installment in the trilogy ends with Gandalf intoning that the battle for Middle-Earth is about to begin. I'm pumped.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 25, 2003
A brilliantly conceived adventure that has the capacity to take your breath away.
| Original Score: B+
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 14, 2003
What's remarkable is how immediately, after a full year, The Two Towers seizes your attention, and how urgently it holds you through three seamless, action-packed hours.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
A thrilling work of film craft.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2003
Spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don' t know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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December 23, 2002
The movie is a monument to a talented fan-boy's passion: You emerge into the light with your heart pounding, ears ringing, head swimming, and gasp, 'That's entertainment!'
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 23, 2002
This film doesn't change my review of the original, but it does have me eagerly looking forward to the final installment. I liked it a lot!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
One fabulous Middle-earth show.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
Convincing, gripping, whole and nourishing.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 20, 2002
George Lucas should watch this and hang his head in shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 19, 2002
This is what the fans were really waiting for when they envisioned Tolkien's world on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 19, 2002
A few sloggy spots aside, The Two Towers is an outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished The Fellowship of the Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2002
Though Jackson doesn't always succeed in integrating the characters in the foreground into the extraordinarily rich landscape, it must be said that he is an imaginative filmmaker who can see the forest for the trees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 18, 2002
An amazing feat of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Russel Swensen
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2002
Although Jackson is doubtless reserving the darkest hours for The Return of the King, we long for a greater sense of urgency in the here and now of The Two Towers.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 18, 2002
The Two Towers is both a triumph of design and cinematic engineering and, at the same time, long, repetitious and naive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 18, 2002
Once again, director Jackson strikes a rewarding balance between emotion on the human scale and action/effects on the spectacular scale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 18, 2002
One of the great film experiences of the millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 18, 2002
What Jackson has accomplished here is amazing on a technical level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 18, 2002
The acting is magnificent.
| Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 18, 2002
Jackson has accomplished the near-impossible, surpassing the first chapter - The Fellowship of the Ring - with a sweeping, visually magnificent work of epic proportions.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 17, 2002
Peter Jackson, in the second installment of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, has confounded expectations and crafted a film that's both livelier and darker than the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 17, 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the Tolkien trilogy's middle passage through Middle earth, and the middle is a bit of a muddle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 17, 2002
Yes, there are some 'middle-chapter' problems, but Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation hasn't lost its devastating humanity, its heart-stopping cinematography or its epic sweep.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 17, 2002
The most incredible accomplishment of Towers is that at its heart it is a transition film that lasts nearly three hours and holds the viewer's attention.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2002
If the second film never reaches the highs of the first -- we have met the players before and there are no new worlds of wonder -- it nonetheless invests moviegoing with a sense of adventure.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
December 17, 2002
Though Frodo's quest remains unfulfilled, a hardy group of determined New Zealanders has proved its creative mettle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 17, 2002
Not since Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's Ran have the savagery of combat and the specter of death been visualized with such operatic grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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December 17, 2002
The Two Towers does not disappoint. This film is a fitting companion to the astounding The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2002
Peter Jackson and company once again dazzle and delight us, fulfilling practically every expectation either a longtime Tolkien fan or a movie-going neophyte could want.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
Fans of the first movie will not be disappointed; neophytes may find the endless mixing it up with digital hordes a bit wearisome, even if the combatants are horrific hyena-riding orcs.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 17, 2002
Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 17, 2002
The Two Towers is crammed with so much adventure and incident, so much derring-do and visual wonder, it makes the talky Fellowship feel like the homework assignment you couldn't get out of doing, with the new movie as your reward.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2002
In nearly every way that counts, The Two Towers is The Fellowship of the Ring's equal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 6, 2002
Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic Fellowship.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2002
A cinematic flood of spectacular proportions.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 5, 2002
A visual pageant of sorcery and action, all but surpasses The Fellowship of the Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B