Tolkien Reviews

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February 6, 2020
Anyone who enjoys watching public school boy 'banter' being thrown around over cups of tea are in for a treat.
January 29, 2020
It's a biopic that somehow glosses over things whilst also simultaneously spending too long on them, too.
January 18, 2020
Biopics can be better than this; they just have to want to tell us something more than the Cliff's Notes of a life well lived.
December 6, 2019
Tolkien succeeds (in a non-entertaining way) in showing how regular people's lives can inspire great works, but it utterly fails in showing the importance and impact of the work itself, which is why we're actually drawn to the man.
September 30, 2019
The strength of this film resides not in its storytelling, but in the performances conveyed by the actors onscreen as well as the visuals that infused magic with reality.
September 28, 2019
It's not terribly interesting. There are more interesting things about Tolkien in this period that [this movie] is not telling.
August 19, 2019
Tolkien observes the general human need for kindred spirits, comrades-in-arms, cohorts to spur passion and purpose, friends to live and love and die alongside.
August 13, 2019
Hoult does a fine job portraying the troubled young man who would later become an incredible author. He comes across as intelligent, passionate and compassionate.
July 17, 2019
The spoon-feeding does not just feel silly and pandering, it is distracting - as in a video game, Easter egg-hunting draws attention away from the key story.
June 25, 2019
Tolkien is the kind of movie that will give no joy to fans of his fantasy fiction.
June 25, 2019
Well-directed with a close eye by journeyman Finnish director Dome Karukoski, the film looks handsome and offers a well-rounded look at the English class system while also providing insights into the inspirations behind Tolkien's visions.
June 21, 2019
Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring.
June 21, 2019
If you've never read up about the author, this might work for you, but any passing familiarity with Tolkien means you won't learn anything you didn't already know.
June 18, 2019
This is a story that dilutes in scenes that don't work. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 18, 2019
Tolkien is a conservative and well-intentioned biopic, but bland in the background. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 17, 2019
Tolkien is a beautiful told tale that shows the value of strong, supportive friends and how they can shape our lives, our decisions and our personalities.
June 17, 2019
Tolkien might not be as exciting as adventures in Middle Earth, but the film is more interested in the process that created that world. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 17, 2019
More than once Tolkien put me in mind of Dead Poets Society, and there isn't higher praise for a literary coming-of-age screen story.
June 17, 2019
The plot lacks charm and imagination. [Full review in Spanish]
June 17, 2019
A very plain and very cheesy film that's not very good. [Full Review in Spanish]
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