Adventure Fantasy - This continuation of last year's fantasy adventure has a lot more
action and hence violence, but it is mostly with little to no blood.
The presence of a dragon also makes for some scary and intense moments
for kids. Most parents will find this to be generally safe
entertainment for pre-teens on up.
PROFANITY: None. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights with weapons, stabbings, hits with arrows; very little blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Chases, fights, fires, destruction. COMEDY: Some comic lines and sight gags.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average As spectacles go, The Desolation of Smaug delivers, at least in its ability to provide eye candy. It fails to excite on a deeper level...
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good The thematic elements are in place, the emotional tension is highly strung, and the action unfolds in a wave like the fire erupting from the dragon's mouth, overtaking all in its path.
Washington PostFull Review Good This enriches and deepens an admittedly silly story and satisfies a more mature palate, imbuing what might otherwise be seen as a children's book with a kind of darkness that, paradoxically, gladdens the heart.
NY PostFull Review Below Average Jackson throws in many scenic vistas of New Zealand to kill time, but they've been so digitally massaged, they end up looking like something produced by mall artist Thomas Kinkade.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 166 moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED this latest Hobbit movie. Better than three-quarters rated it extremely high. There were a small percentage who weren't impressed. They only felt it was an average movie, which isn't a bad review but it is disappointing, especially considering the expectations for this movie.
Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company
encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders
in the treacherous
forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the
Dwarves journey to
Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the
greatest danger of
all--a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the
their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey