The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring be trusted? Can Frodo, increasingly under the sway of the ring, even trust himself? Meanwhile, Aragorn, drawing closer to his kingly destiny, rallies forces of good for the battles that must come. Director Peter Jackson delivers an amazing second movie that won 2 Academy Awards (R)* and earned 6 total nominations including Best Picture. The journey continues. So do the astonishing spectacle and splendor.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a thrilling three-hour epic that flies at a gallop, boasts the most impressive computer graphics yet created, and succeeds smashingly as grownup drama and kid-captivating fantasy."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The battle for Gollum's mind also provides a fitting teaser conclusion to the second act of a story I'm beginning to wish would never end."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This is, I can say without fear of exaggerating, one of the great films of all time."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is like being trapped in a nerd's bedroom."
‑ Sarah Sands, Daily Telegraph
"When Gandalf arrives with reinforcements, descending a near-vertical slope using horses where you or I would use snowboards, the spirit of triumphant rampage is something rarely glimpsed since the days of Olivier and Henry V."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"What an eyeful it is. This is probably the greatest battlepiece composed for the screen since Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible."
‑ Alexander Walker, This is London
"Much of the movie is exciting. But none of it is as satisfying as what Jackson was able to create in Fellowship, the first film."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"While some people think this surpasses the original, I don't. The storylines are fractured and geographically and narratively it's sometimes hard to figure out what's going on... but the positives are many."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz,
"To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"An army of filmmakers led by the director, Peter Jackson, has made the trilogy's central section a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This film is a towering achievement, and the next installment can't come soon enough."
‑ Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph
"While the acting is once more solid throughout, even with the Shakespearean Ian McKellen given too little to do as the good wizard Gandalf, the most impressive performance of all comes from digital magicians who created the wretched Gollum, Smeagol."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"The Two Towers is a satisfying and wholly gripping drama in its own right. Inevitably, Janus-like, it looks back to the Shire, and forward to the hour of doom. And after three hours, you will too."
‑ Suzi Feay, Independent
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