The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Reviews

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November 17, 2020
What Jackson's storytelling lacks in coherency - a major problem for non-Tolkienites with the first film - he makes up for with a new-found sense of urgency and a richer blend of drama, humour and human emotion.
October 27, 2020
In terms of battle sequences alone, it's hard to find one that's quite as daunting and absorbing as the Battle for Helm's Deep in The Two Towers...
October 9, 2020
The climactic battle of Helm's Deep - though it still leaves much to be resolved for the final part - is a breathtakingly colossal skirmish in the rain and mud and fog.
February 28, 2020
Call it a pretty good film and I'll agree with you. Call it a great one, and I will beg to differ.
June 18, 2019
It also has... layers of political dynamics going on which I actually thought was pretty interesting.
May 10, 2019
The Two Towers succeeds like few other middle installments do in serving as both a satisfying benchmark that ties the introduction and conclusion to this trilogy together.
January 14, 2019
I think this one might be the actual best of the franchise and it's all because of the Ents.
January 10, 2016
this three hour epic is one of those few films where you leave feeling they could have spent even more time with story explanation and exposition
November 12, 2014
These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained.
November 12, 2014
What an eyeful it is. This is probably the greatest battlepiece composed for the screen since Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible.
November 12, 2014
This film is a towering achievement, and the next installment can't come soon enough.
November 12, 2014
This is, I can say without fear of exaggerating, one of the great films of all time.
November 12, 2014
Much of the movie is exciting. But none of it is as satisfying as what Jackson was able to create in Fellowship, the first film.
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 12, 2014
While some people think this surpasses the original, I don't. The storylines are fractured and geographically and narratively it's sometimes hard to figure out what's going on... but the positives are many.
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 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
Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.
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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