The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit:… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2015
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though somewhat overwhelmed by its own spectacle, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy on a reasonably satisfying note.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

Untold manpower, pixels, and money culminate in the gangbusters final installment. It can't redeem the useless tedium of the first two, which exist for gargantuan profits and structural necessity.

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

It plays out as if someone chucked a whole bunch of carefully detailed Warhammer figurines into a centrifuge -- goblins, goats, dwarfs, wizards and wolves bouncing off one another in waves of alternating tedium and punishment.

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Nicolás Ruiz
Código espagueti

With impressive battle scenes, unbeatable effects, good performances and a sustained emotional tension, Jackson managed to give a dignified closure to his interpretive meddling in Middle-earth. [Full review in Spanish]

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Well, at least there won't be another one for a while.

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John Wenzel
Denver Post

It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned.

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David Fontana
Film Inquiry

The Battle of the Five Armies is a lot more of the same, substituting mindless, even dull action at the expense of character development [...] there is just enough here to be passable, and it completes The Hobbit trilogy on a mostly positive note.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

It's adequately visionary, it's routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Mindless CGI spectacle overpowers every aspect of Peter Jackson's concluding Tolkien adaptation; like the other installments of this lumbering trilogy, it's more tech-demo than movie.

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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue

Without a single narrative throughline sufficiently weighty to justify the continued involvement of most of the main characters, just about everyone besides Thorin kind of... bops around.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Here we are, the final chapter in this blatantly over-milked adaptation of the Tolkien Hobbit book. If you've been following this franchise up to this… More
Nate Zoebl
With all respects to Ice Cube's would-be family series, the subtitle of the third Hobbit film could have been "Are We Done Yet?" Originally… More
Film Crazy
A deeply exhilarating thrill ride but if not a little exhausted! Nothing new brought to the cinema.
Jim Hunter
A bunch of fantasy characters fight each other. My one-sentence plot summary is pretty accurate unfortunately (and I'm using the word "plot" very… More
Drake Tsui
The film is essentially a 2 hour and 30 min action sequence with the best production values money can buy. Forget having a narrative, lets just throw as many… More
Josh Lewis
It seems like out of most of the people I talk to, I like these films the most. Not sure why they are dogged on so much (and the reviews are usually mixed), but… More