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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - An IMAX 3D Experience Synopsis
Bilbo Baggins begins a journey to reclaim a stolen treasure.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
I'm holding the filmmaker responsible for getting us all back again - to feelings of excitement and delight. Vital as they are, Gollum and...
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By Bob Mondello
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey isn't "unexpected" at all, though between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What saves the day is the spidery, schizoid Gollum, again performed by the great Andy Serkis through the craft of motion capture.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The downside is that "The Hobbit" no longer looks like a movie at all. It looks like a video.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the production design is impeccable and the journey intermittently involving, The Hobbit is overlong and lacks the enchantment of the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however,...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's one thing to sit on your couch watching football in HD. It's another to view one of literature's most enduring fantasies in the same...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is not about a reluctant hero drawing courage from some deep personal well. It's not about dread and danger. It's about visual...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If you loved the earlier films, these are moments you will hold on to, but they're very few, and they're not enough.
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The Hobbit Stands on its Own

By Bronsonious
I have read several reviews saying this moving is not Lord of the RIngs. Well, its not, its the Hobbit. For those of you that have read the book, the Hobbit is a lot lighter and thoughout the movie...


By ladykate13
With expectations running high, the first part of the trilogy of the Tolkien classic The Hobbit did not disappoint. The casting was brilliant, the music was magical, the special effects were...

Spectacular Visual

By jordanjpayne
The story plays out very well, personally, I am pleased that they have chosen to stretch this out to three parts as this will hopefully allow for all the rich detail of the story to be told as it...

A Quick 3 Hours :)

By minibooger
I had seen early reviews indicating that the movie was slow-paced, that too much time was spent on character development concerning the dwarves. I found that to not be the case at all. As with any...


By kmarksbzdell
From beginning to end we were on the edge of our seats! The story line, cinematography, characters, was absolutely the best movie I have seen in my life...and I am 50 years old! Two...

Meh. Tolkein's character development sacrificed to spectacle.

By Thomas Pinchin
Converting the novel to prequel from preamble to The Ring trilogy is only a modest success.I welcomed Jackson & Co.'s imagination of the pre-Smaug Lonely Mountain and the origin of Thorin's...

Solid Movie

By twolfenberg
An enjoyable, entertaining experience. Sure, it was a bit unnecessarily long, but that can be said for most movies. Just like to original trilogy, it had many epic scenes, stunning visuals, and good...

Completely wrapped up in the fantasy

By scalderone1027
Such an amazing movie experience. I was completly drawn in and amazed. We saw this in IMAX 3D. My first in this format and I was so impressed. I'm not a big movie goer. I typically wait to watch at...

Fun but longer than necessary

By wyndewalker
I reread the first half of The Hobbit while I waiting to get into the midnight showing so it was fresh in my mind and very very easy to see where Jackson shoe-horned things in from the other books....

Well Worth The Wait

By R8rsFan4Lyf
Peter Jackson has done it again! The Hobbit was fantastic! I saw The Hobbit in Imax 3D and found it to be worth the extra money. The best thing about Peter Jackson is that he has outstanding...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Tolkien tale isn't as great as LOTR, but better for tweens.
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