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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron. The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won 4 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, The Fellowship Of The Ring, than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"This isn't some happy, kid-friendly adventure -- it's the story of how an entire world is plunged into war."
‑ , Total Film
"All this plays like a giant game of Myst, with Ring's mythical characters never making the leap from virtual reality to real."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It's to Jackson's credit that the saga leaves viewers panting for more."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes, that's swept by almost palpable weather (much of it stormy)."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Only someone with a pathological aversion to fantasy could fail to be absorbed and transported by this stunning, sincere and frequently terrifying adaptation."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Oodles of technical talent are no substitute for plain old inspiration. Jackson has been working on the Rings project for years, and somewhere along the way his reverence for Tolkien appears to have intimidated his imagination."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Director Peter Jackson has not only attempted the most ambitious film project in modern cinema history, he's pulled it off with a breathtaking mixture of nerve and verve, too."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"It's full of scenic splendors with a fine sense of scale, but its narrative thrust seems relatively pro forma, and I was bored by the battle scenes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie masterpiece thrilling, passionate and wise."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"An epic movie of a once-in-a-lifetime sort."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Visually striking, thematically poignant, and morally weighty, the first film of Lord of the Rings is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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