The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The tale has no emotional resonance, and the thinness of the plot (only five of the book's chapters are adapted here) and the colorless depictions of the leading characters do it no favors."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is technically "better" than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the same way Attack of the Clones was technically "better" than The Phantom Menace."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"Smaug slept through the first Hobbit film, and boy was I jealous."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"It's these impulses of Jackson (amped up action and crass disrespect for the text) that spoiled the film; there's no let up, no pause for breath, no pause even for meals."
‑ Coco Forsythe, Future Movies UK
"Be forewarned: Whether through ego, avarice, or unchecked enthusiasm, Jackson has wandered deep into the realm of fan fiction."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Desolation of Smaug looks as dreary as the title would lead you to believe. The whole thing lingers in the memory as piles of sludge and ash."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is another grand entry in the Tolkien saga, raising the emotional and physical stakes while revealing more of the sinister forces that we know will ultimately come to threaten the entire world."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"For all the great effects it garners, [it] is a cold, and monotonous epic that borders on fan fiction."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"As usual, the dialogue includes certain important-seeming nouns which bushy beards and thick theatrical accents make difficult to discern."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"With the introductions and bag-packing out of the way from the first film, the new movie jumps straight into the action and doesn't relent until the cliffhanger ending almost three hours later."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"I'm not an aficionado of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderworlds and I was bored with the first Hobbit movie. All this is by way of saying I quite liked its sequel and the second in the trilogy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
""(There) seems to be more action this time around. It's much more thrilling and is, again, pertinent, necessary action. And the character moments just work better in this installment.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"The dragon is battled by dwarf, elf and Hobbit in a semi-decipherable battle of industrial de-evolution. Gold seethes down like the sweetest Caramelo candy bars passed down from the Gods. Oh, the beauty of the fallen, fiscal world."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A terrific middle chapter with plenty of action, excitement and fun."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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