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

"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
"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
"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
"It's darker and more urgent than the opening segment, and Jackson again displays an unparalleled grasp of storytelling on a grand scale."
‑ Jason Caro, Radio Times
"Marches along with considerably more assurance and smoothness than the desperately crammed Fellowship."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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
"More graphic in its violence and more fantastic in its imaginings than the first film."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a pitch-perfect second act, full of dark wonder and the slow, pounding pulse of Aragorn's unflagging hope."
‑ Erin Podolsky, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The movie doesn't deepen or expand the tale's themes as masterfully as The Empire Strikes Back added to Star Wars' mystique. But as a stirring story of unsullied heroism, it's a winner, and as an action epic, it features superb battle sequences."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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
"In size and scale, Jackson has redefined the word 'epic' -- but his attention to the small things really gives this series its awesome stature."
‑ , Time Out
"The Two Towers was always going to be the toughest book to adapt, yet Peter Jackson pulls it off. Part Two is easily as exciting, involving and visually inventive as Part One."
‑ , Total Film
"Any sort of compelling story gets lost amidst all the spectacle."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The Two Towers, then, is the greatest blockbuster ever made without either a beginning or an end, a feisty beast with a hollow ring in its bones."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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