The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

It frequently seems as though Jackson was less interested in making The Hobbit than in remaking his own fabulously successful Lord of the Rings series.

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Richard Roeper

There's no denying the majesty in Peter Jackson's visuals but he's taken a relatively slim children's book and stretched it beyond the limits.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Watching the three great actors in eye-popping 3D as they go on and on about dwarves, dragons, a necromancer, elves and ogres is the joy and ridiculousness of a fantasy movie that takes itself very honestly and seriously.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

My first thought in watching The Hobbit was: Do we really need this movie? It was my last thought, too.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The repeated iterations of fight, flight and respite here get wearing. Especially perhaps because, with Jackson's fetish for detail, they take more time to watch on screen than to read about.

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J. Olson

[Peter Jackson's] efforts to filter or self-edit - assuming there were any - remain fruitless.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

To its own narrative detriment, "The Hobbit" works hard to lay the framework for what will follow. Certainly that's one way to set out on a trilogy, but it's surely not the best.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived, not on wings of gossamer fancy but with a hairy-footed thud.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A bloated, entirely unnecessary cash-grab prequel suffering from a fatal case of elephantitis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Well what a rather disappointing continuation to the amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy! Waiting nearly 3hrs for the movie actually to go somewhere was slow,… More
KJ Proulx
There is so much to love about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and sometimes that particular fact overshadows what are a few minor problems with… More
Phil Hubbs
Well here we go again with another overly long grandiose epic based on some small unknown tale courtesy of a fat Kiwi. The much anticipated prequel trilogy (yes… More
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Daniel Mumby
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is such a milestone in fantasy filmmaking that any attempt to re-approach the Tolkien universe was bound to generate anxiety. As… More
danny d
i really enjoyed this film, and i embrace it as a solid entry into this amazing franchise. the story was engaging and it was wonderful to get wrapped back up… More