The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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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 Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"You may have seen Middle Earth before. But you haven't been IN Middle Earth.Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has made it possible for you to feel like you're surrounded by the astonishing environment created by J.R.R. Tolkien."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"An occasionally entertaining but empty fantasy epic..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's like we returned to Disneyland to find it looking as magical as ever, but with most of the rides closed."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"My first thought in watching The Hobbit was: Do we really need this movie? It was my last thought, too."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"With the first film pushing three hours, purists will be pleased. Less die-hard audiences will find a lot of meandering set-up - albeit visually gorgeous meandering setup."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"It rambles over hill and dale and mountain and field and forest and marsh and through cavern and catacomb and grotto and pothole...but will please the Tolkien faithful."
‑ John Serba, MLive.com
"There are worse ways to kill time, sure; it's just that there is, alas, so much time to kill."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived, not on wings of gossamer fancy but with a hairy-footed thud."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Remember the joke that The Fellowship of the Ring was just a bunch of people walking around for three hours? In this case, it's actually true."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"While the new scenes don't add much to the great film, the outstanding wealth of special features makes this one of the must-own Blu-rays of 2013."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
""Unexpected Journey" runs nearly three hours. That gives Jackson plenty of time to revive its magic [which he does] by triggering our good will toward the "Rings" trilogy. He evokes the trilogy's tone and its rhythms."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
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