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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
November 19, 2013
Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film.
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.
March 5, 2008
More graphic in its violence and more fantastic in its imaginings than the first film.
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.
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.
January 25, 2003
A brilliantly conceived adventure that has the capacity to take your breath away.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
January 13, 2003
A thrilling work of film craft.
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
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!'
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!
December 20, 2002
One fabulous Middle-earth show.
December 20, 2002
Convincing, gripping, whole and nourishing.
December 20, 2002
George Lucas should watch this and hang his head in shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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
December 19, 2002
The first film was good. The Two Towers ... is much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2002
An amazing feat of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
December 18, 2002
Once again, director Jackson strikes a rewarding balance between emotion on the human scale and action/effects on the spectacular scale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2002
One of the great film experiences of the millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 18, 2002
What Jackson has accomplished here is amazing on a technical level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
December 18, 2002
The acting is magnificent.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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.
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
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+
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.
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
December 6, 2002
Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic Fellowship.
December 5, 2002
A cinematic flood of spectacular proportions.
December 5, 2002
A visual pageant of sorcery and action, all but surpasses The Fellowship of the Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B