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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D 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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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 is Great, HFR is greater

By RandallStevens
Yes, the HFR 48 frames per second takes a bit to get used to... because this is the first major movie EVER. it is different than every major film EVER that has come before it. As such, ten minutes...


By Dr_787
If you love the LOTR trilogy you'll love The Hobbit! The 48 fps take getting used to but its definitely the future of movies. It was like watching blu-ray for the first time, it was weird at first,...

Has Peter Jackson actually read the hobbit???

By justinlawyer
Ugh! Jackson is milking us with the first 3 hour installment of 3 movies for a book that should be told in a single sitting! Where is the story telling? It's all lost in the computer graphics! Do...

So very cool

By seapplegate
I loved it! While I don't think the 3D was necessary and I can't wait to see it again without 3D...they did an awesome job. It's not LOTR but it's not supposed to be. So don't go in thinking...

Another masterpiece from Peter Jackson

By canarius
This was the 1st time I went to a movie at midnight opening. I saw it in HFR 3D and it was amazing. The visuals were spectacular, even better than Avatar. I don't understand the hate on HFR because...

Hobbit 3D Loved it

By rvsin
My first review. It is long, but for Middle Earth fans, its great. Gives you more time to immerse. Think the higher film framerate was fine. Thought that visually, it was beautiful. They spent...

Best Movie EVER!

By Hobbity
This film was excellent! It is only fitting that this epic adventure story becomes an epic film...epic was the first word that came to mind after I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the...

The Hobbit

By BigIronDude
After a bit of a slow start this adventure delivered an action packed first part of Bilbo Baggins notorious journey. Breaking the story into smaller pieces for the purpose of providing a more...

3D HFR Version - Whats there and what isnt

By tripknotix
The 48 frames per second takes a good minute to get used to, the sad part is, the beginning is the worst place to get used to it. - While characters look and feel real, when your close up to...

Hobbit in HFR 3D

By lazris2lk
Loved it and will see it again. If you go to see it, watch in High Frame Rate 3D. The clarity and crisp view of background scenes is amazing and unbelievable...

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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