The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Fellowship of the Ring is an unqualified triumph. More, please.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

I have no serious criticisms. The film does full justice to Tolkien, who has often -- and erroneously -- been accused of escapism.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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David Germain
Associated Press

Masterfully paced, the movie builds slowly, introducing the mythology, habitats and lifestyles of Tolkien's creatures.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

It's hard to imagine any but the most nit-picky and dogmatic being disappointed by this epic, lovingly crafted movie.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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).

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Xan Brooks

Most ambitiously, this rousing adventure closes with an ending that's closer in spirit to an art-house film than a popcorn holiday romp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I grew up on a few big franchises through the 80's, Star Wars, Indy, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Of course LOTR was never much of a franchise as the… More
Al S
Truly one word to describe this film: Spectacular. A brilliant and extraordinary fantasy adventure loaded with great drama and even greater action sequences.… More
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KJ Proulx
Though some of the visuals could never compare to the rest of the trilogy, the first instalment in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is absolutely… More
Kase Vollebregt
A great start to one of the greatest film adventures of our time, 'The Fellowship of the Ring' sets a high standard for the rest of the saga. Taking… More
Lucas Martins
The Fellowship of the Ring it's one of the few films, that are highly dependent of special effects that I loved since Star Wars: A New Hope.