The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 12, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

this three hour epic is one of those few films where you leave feeling they could have spent even more time with story explanation and exposition

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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David Germain
Associated Press

Part two is more a straight-ahead action flick, substituting brawn and brawling for the pastoral radiance of the first film.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

These Tolkien films have a weight and seriousness that very few sword-and-sorcery pictures of the past 30-odd years have attained.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

What an eyeful it is. This is probably the greatest battlepiece composed for the screen since Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The second part of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy sees the fellowship part company. Frodo and Sam encounter Gollum, cleverly presented as a kind of wretched… More
Kase Vollebregt
Though not as precise in its storytelling abilities as its predecessor, 'The Two Towers' makes up for its slowly paced plot with epic action pieces.… More
Phil Hubbs
Onward to Mount Doom, the perilous journey continues from where it left off. Still in familiar territory with this sequel as the 78 Bakshi film also covered… More
Al S
A spectacular and supreme epic action-packed adventure fantasy. It's extraordinary and breathtaking. Astonishing and amazing. The landscapes are beautiful… More
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Dan Schultz
The 'Empire Strikes Back' of the LOTR trilogy, concerning the hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his quest to return the ring back to where it was forged.… More