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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good An Unexpected Journey is a competent, entertaining effort but it neither enthralls nor amazes in the way its predecessors did.
USA TodayFull 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 PostFull Review Below Average It's a bloated, shockingly tedious trudge that manages to look both overproduced and unforgivably cheesy.
NY PostFull Review Good But the first one, for all its indulgences, is far superior to another much-hyped prequel ...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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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.