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.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring.
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    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.
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    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.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    "Tolkien" doesn't seem all that interested in providing any kind of entertainment.
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    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.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    If you're going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more ... imagination?
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    John BrhelVague Visages
    Great set design, solid acting and stunning cinematography. It offers insight into the genesis of Tolkien’s stories and will likely be of interest to casual fans. But it’s fairly standard biopic fare that unfortunately only skims the surface...
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    Collier JenningsBut Why Tho? A Geek Community
    Despite some heavy-handed references to the Middle Earth books, Tolkien is a well-acted and well-directed film that sheds some light on one of the most beloved authors who ever lived.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    The Tolkien family has renounced the film not, one imagines, because it paints an unflattering portrait of its subject but because, by and large, it's a standard look at a man who is anything but ordinary.
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    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.
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