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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Synopsis
Bilbo and his companions reach the Lonely Mountain, where they encounter the fearsome dragon Smaug.
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Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous installment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Bilbo, as played by Freeman, suggests a sly-dog Dana Carvey without irony, and he is certainly overmatched, but that doesn't mean he's...
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By Richard Corliss
Smaug is different: a really good movie, superior to the first in that it brings its characters to rambunctious life.
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By Sheila O'Malley
The thematic elements are in place, the emotional tension is highly strung, and the action unfolds in a wave like the fire erupting from...
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Total Film

By Matt Maytum
Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles, The Desolation Of Smaug nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Sure, all the studios offer anymore are big, dumb adventure spectacles, but that's not a knock against the achievement of this one, which...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Even though “Smaug” moves at a faster pace than the first part of the journey, it feels overlong. I still feel this whole Hobbit tale could...
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By Justin Chang
This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills.
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By James Berardinelli
There are things to like about the second Hobbit film - the director's vision of Middle Earth is as beguiling as ever - but the bloating...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory.
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Unfaithful and disappointing

By spinninglies
It's just sad when carefully constructed lore is dismissed in favor of flashy, unnecessary fight scenes and poor character development. This movie does a vast disservice to the mythos....

Absolutely AMAZING...... Don't pay attention to the bad reviews!!!!!

By barrel_rider
Trust in Peter Jackson. Honestly I was terrified to see the movie from reading all of the reviews. But I was completely blown away by the second installment. People who say that it strayed away...

The Desolation of Peter Jackson

By dancingforhispleasur
It would appear, for some strange and unforeseeable reason, that Director/Co-writer Peter Jackson is not himself these days. Having viewed and admired (at one point or another) a large chunk of...

An awesome movie :)

By nightstigers
While not completely true to the book the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is an awesome watch! Definately worth watching while its in theatres! There is some embelishment on some parts for the purposes of...

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

By piercejscott
If you pretend the movie is not about Tolkien's world and the treasured book named in the title, and if you try NOT to imagine Tolkien not only rolling OVER in his grave, but actually rising from it...

Bloated Excess

By ordinarymind
Too much of a good thing can be no good at all. The mind numbing excess of Jackson's production is perfectly mirrored in Smaug's boundless hoard of gold and jewels ---wealth so great it ceases to be...

I usually LOVE this type of movie

By willvectorforfood
I usually LOVE this type of movie. I'm a big fan of LOTR and the whole fantasy genre. But this movie, despite the great richness of it's scenery, is dull and streches into boredom. My daughters,...


By Montserrat84
It was like watching a segment of a story. Lot of action and running but not impressed with screenplay. I'm fan of The Lord of the Rings, but ...... the movie ends and you say uh!...

It all depends on your faith in the book.

By cindy_l_thomas
For those of you who are die-hard Tolkien fans - you are going to be very disappointed. Other than the name of the movie and perhaps 25% of the movie, it bears little resemblance to the book....

Terrible ending of desolation of smaug

By suzantorres
I cant believe that they ended the movie where they did! Now we again have to wait months to see what happens. They could easily end at a different point in the story and still get people ready to...

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Rated PG-13 | For Frightening Images and Fantasy Action Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
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