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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

 
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At Theaters: 12/14/2012 On Video: 3/19/2013
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600018
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Adventure Fantasy - Like the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings book series, this first of a prequel series is a fantasy adventure with lots of makeup and effects, as well as a nearly three-hour run time. While generally not as dark as the Rings films, there is still some intense action and disturbing images that may be too much for young children. Fans of the series and returning star Ian McKellen should be pleased though other recognizable faces from the original series have only small parts.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Martin Freeman THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Ian McKellen X-MEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
Richard Armitage CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Andy Serkis KING KONG, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
Cate Blanchett HANNA, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
Dir/Prod/Wri: Peter Jackson KING KONG, THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
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Production Notes Heading
A Tale That Grew in the Telling
The Unexpected Party: The Story and Characters
Design, Photography and the Physical World
Costumes, Hair and Prosthetics: Creating Cultures
Beyond Imagination: Weta Digital at Work
From Warhammers to Sting: Middle-earth Weaponry
Dwarf Boot Camp: Fighting and Stunts
To the East: Locations
The Languages and Dialects of Middle-earth
The Sound of Middle-earth: Music and Songs
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Numerous fights and battles with people and creatues.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking.
ACTION: Fights and battles.
COMEDY: Comic lines, sight gags, some crude humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good An Unexpected Journey is a competent, entertaining effort but it neither enthralls nor amazes in the way its predecessors did.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average But while the production design is impeccable and the journey intermittently involving, The Hobbit is overlong and lacks the enchantment of the Lord of the Rings films.

Washington Post Full Review
Below Average It's a bloated, shockingly tedious trudge that manages to look both overproduced and unforgivably cheesy.

NY Post Full Review
Good But the first one, for all its indulgences, is far superior to another much-hyped prequel ...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 245 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
31
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
39
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
26
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
54
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
44
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 245 moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, rated "The Hobbit" extremely high. Well over half indicated that they LOVED "THE HOBBIT," rating it either "Excellent" or "Fantastic." Some of the adult and twenty-something females only rated it average, which is a bit disappointing but not bad. What's equally important is that no one disliked it, so your probability of enjoying "The Hobbit" is very high.

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