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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - An IMAX Experience Synopsis
Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.

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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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NPR

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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63

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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63

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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60

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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25

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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Simply Awesome

By mikemarti
Took my 2 sons to see it opening day and it was truly awesome. The boys liked the tie in with the other movies even though it made the movie a bit off the book. You'll enjoy it....

Definitely worth doing in 3D IMAX

By golfdiva
I've been unimpressed with 3D in the past, but this was GREAT! The technology has gotten so much better, and was used very effectively in The Hobbit! Good for ages 10 (mature) and up....

The Hobbit - Better than expected

By IMAXfan_DE
I had read reviews saying the movie was too long with a lot of unimportant stuff added to draw it out to 3 films. Being a big fan of Tolkien's books, I could't understand how a quick read like the...

Definitely see it!

By Lodo99
The Hobbit was everything I was expecting from Peter Jackson and I was not disappointed. The acting was excellent and the cinematography brilliant as ever. Like the other reviewers I wasn't sure...

Great Start to a new series

By plopper
I loved this movie. Great set up for this new trilogy. Wonderful narrative and introduction to the new characters and it is great to see Gandalf back. Seeing Gollum again is a special treat as...

Very good!

By Mansoorxs
My kids loved the movie, and all the critics and others saying it's a fail etc really don't know what they're talking about in my opinion, or were/are comparing it to some ideal they had in their...

Blockbuster EPIC! P. Jackson continues leading the charge!!

By jtc17601
I REALLY fell in love with Peter Jackson's classic retelling of J. R. R. Tolkien's prequel to the LOTR epic story line! The viewer really has to pay attention to the small details . . . so many set...

Hobbit

By Jason5250
The movie was good. It definitely draws you in, and while I wasn't bored, it wasn't a movie I HAVE to see in the theater again....

Worth the Journey

By filmhead
Based upon the book by the same author who wrote the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit actually came first before Tolkien wrote the famed trilogy. An exciting and fun adventure fantasy that is even more...

Good movie

By Hasanear
Let me just say that I've read the book & I thought the movie was very good, whereas my hubby has not read the book & he says 'it was excellent' & 'it's a must see.' My expectations may have gotten in...

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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