The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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
"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
"Whatever hiccups there are, Freeman continues to be note-perfect, and Jackson does deliver on the action and builds a great deal of momentum in the final stretch."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Be forewarned: Whether through ego, avarice, or unchecked enthusiasm, Jackson has wandered deep into the realm of fan fiction."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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
"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
"Nearly everyone in the film is creaking under the weight of the past."
‑ Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine
"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
"A wickedly entertaining, sometimes thrilling adventure."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"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
"An entertaining adventure with some truly masterful moments, but they still fail to justify the nearly three-hour running time."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"It's natural to be repelled by Jackson's commercial- and franchise-minded motives ... but, ultimately, he delivers escapist entertainment that functions as the cinematic equivalent of comfort food."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
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