The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Genre :

Adventure, Fantasy

Release Date :

December 14, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis

Starring :

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aidan Turner, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, Bret McKenzie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

“..there are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
Review rate : C

“..is merely one-third of an unrealized story, a carbon copy of something rich, lucid, and authentic..”
by Laremy Legel [Film.com]
“..delivers more of what made his earlier trilogy so compelling -- colorful characters on an epic quest amid stunning New Zealand scenery -- it doesn't offer nearly enough novelty to justify the three-film, nine-hour treatment..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
3 of 4

“..a competent, entertaining effort but it neither enthralls nor amazes in the way its predecessors did..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
Review rate : A-

“..a classic adventure quest in the making; packed with colorful characters, gorgeous settings and plenty of action, the only setbacks are technical ones..”
by Dave Trumbore [Collider]
4 of 5

“..An Unexpected Journey is proof that Jackson still has a knack for stories in this world, and that he may have more surprises in store as the rest of this new, unexpected trilogy unfolds..”
by Katey Rich [Cinema Blend]
Review rate : B+

“..'The Hobbit' doesn't stray far from the mold, but it's a thrilling ride that's one of the most enjoyable, exciting and engaging tentpoles of the year..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Reviewed by Scott Foundas [Village Voice]

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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..Hart and Ferrell may not be Pryor and Wilder, but they score several laughs in this slim comedy..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..lazy and contrived retread can ever hope to be..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]


“..Ned Rifle is top notch quirk and really exciting to watch..”
by Mike Shutt [Rope of Silicon]


“..while the story falls a bit into melodrama, that can't chop away at the solid drama the stars and director build beautifully..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..in While We're Young, writer-director Noah Baumbach gets hold of a good satirical premise and does halfway well by it, maybe even two-thirds..”
by David Edelstein [Vulture]


“..it's all very familiar in that Blair Witch kind of way, with neither the characters nor situations proving remotely interesting..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]


“..the way director Kornel Mundruczo got Body and Luke to run the gamut of emotions from face-licking adorableness to teeth-baring killers baying for blood is genuinely impressive..”
by Cath Clarke [Time Out London]


“..a nearly laughless comedy that doesn't do its writer/director/stars any favors..”
by Roger Moore [Movienation]


“..has some recognizable stars, but they are trapped in a slim story padded with lots and lots of flesh-eating..”
by Neil Genzlinger [NY Times]