Tolkien Reviews

May 14, 2019
"Tolkien" doesn't seem all that interested in providing any kind of entertainment.
May 12, 2019
Tolkien may have been the most important modern fantasy author but the movie bearing his name won't stand the test of time.
May 11, 2019
If you're going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more ... imagination?
May 10, 2019
Why do people keep making films about writers?
May 10, 2019
For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking.
May 10, 2019
Director Dome Karukoski treats Tolkien and his story with reverence, and Hoult plays him with handsome rigidity. But neither the story nor portrayal ever come to life.
May 10, 2019
Tolkien casts a delicate spell: it's not difficult to imagine some viewers proving utterly impervious to its peculiar magic. But some others will be enchanted and even transported by its charms.
May 10, 2019
Tolkien approaches its subject with maybe a little bit too much reverence, but shows an interest in the development of Tolkien's ideas, his passion for philology (not the most cinematic of subjects), his love of myths and legends.
May 10, 2019
What's left is a kaleidoscope of well-staged episodes - Tolkien on the field of battle surrounded by a circle of dead bodies is harrowing - that often seem more like prettified postcards from midcentury Britain than real-life being lived by real people.
Top Critic
May 9, 2019
It's perhaps understandable that the Tolkien estate isn't interested in being associated with this biopic - and not just because it simplifies and fudges, as biopics do.