Tolkien

critic Reviews

, 51% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Tolkien has the period trappings and strong performances of a worthy biopic, but lacks the imagination required to truly do its subject justice.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David StrattonThe Australian
    Fans of Tolkien's writing probably won't discover anything new about the man from this film and the attempts to turn the Somme battlefield into a sort of fiery Middle Earth look painfully contrived. This is a minor biography of a major writer.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    The film looks great, a polished period piece, but the pedigree is ragged... The result is polite, plodding and unconvincing, like most movies about famous writers.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David EhrlichindieWire
    "Tolkien" doesn't seem all that interested in providing any kind of entertainment.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John AndersonAmerica Magazine
    Tolkien is on a journey, and while the film may deprive us of an arrival, it does give us a rather exhilarating travel itinerary.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Tolkien may have been the most important modern fantasy author but the movie bearing his name won't stand the test of time.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    It's easy to derive a great deal of pleasure in Hoult and Collins together. Their relationship has an innocent charm that is wonderful to witness.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    James HantonOuttake Mag
    Tolkien gets certain parts of the story spot on, and does so with a visceral style that makes for compelling viewing. Where it bogs down is everywhere else.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    On its surface, Tolkien is about all of the bits of the author's life that influenced his grand fantasy world ... Yet, [it] is much more than such literary references. It is a film about love and friendship.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    Anyone who enjoys watching public school boy 'banter' being thrown around over cups of tea are in for a treat.
    Read full article