The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.

Bruce Diones
New Yorker

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If you are content to spend as much time in Middle Earth as possible, you'll have plenty of fun with this year's installment. But if you're a stickler for literary accuracy and pacing, the offering may prove only slightly less frustrating.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Be forewarned: Whether through ego, avarice, or unchecked enthusiasm, Jackson has wandered deep into the realm of fan fiction.

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Wesley Morris

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.

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Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

The most fun part of the film comes as the dwarves flee the elven holding block in oak kegs and shoot down whitewater rapids through a gauntlet of orcs.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Middle-earth should never feel this middling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
In my original review of the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, I concluded by saying that we couldn't entirely judge it without the context of its… More
KJ Proulx
Even though it doesn't break new ground in it's own franchise, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is a great adventure film that is… More
Phil Hubbs
Part two of the quest by Bilbo and his party of dwarfs to pinch a jewel from within the lair of the well spoken aristocratic dragon Smaug, the adventure… More
danny d
another average and disappointing hobbit film, but for opposite reasons to the last installment. like the last film the acting was split and the effects no… More
Ross Collins
Another overly long Hobbit film filled with pointless chase sequences, but the plot does start to develop nicely getting you hooked towards the end where it… More
Dan Schultz
An action-packed, improved second chapter of "The Hobbit" trilogy, chronicling the journey Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellan), and… More