Tolkien

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, 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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    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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    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.
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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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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    Why do people keep making films about writers?
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    Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking.
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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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    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.
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    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.
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    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    Anyone who enjoys watching public school boy 'banter' being thrown around over cups of tea are in for a treat.
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