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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D Synopsis
Bilbo and his companions reach the Lonely Mountain, where they encounter the fearsome dragon Smaug.

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Empire

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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91

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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90

Time

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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88

RogerEbert.com

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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80

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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80

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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75

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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70

Variety

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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63

ReelViews

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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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory.
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Utter Butchery

By Jordanis
I understand the need to make changes when adapting for a new medium. However, what they've done to The Hobbit in this movie is mind-boggling. In a nine-hour adaptation, they've gone and cut huge...

Much worse than everything else LOTR

By bagginsnj
I hate to say it, but this movie was a disappointment. Whereas I loved Peter Jackson's Lord of the rings movies, I can honestly say that I hated his interpretation of The Hobbit. It tried to be a...

Stupid Ending

By SherrysReview
The movie was good but the ending was such a cliff hanger that it kinda ruined the whole thing! Irritated my two friends and I so much that we probably won't go see the next one....definitely not...

Don't bother with HFR

By anschris
The movie was great. It did at times feel like they were trying to stretch the story out to fill in a long movie. But, overall it was enjoyable, especially the dragon scenes. That being said, I...

Good Movie? Yes....Is it like the book? No

By EMAILPETERB
Maybe it's just me but I was dubious about the book being made into three movies. And after seeing Smaug I'm pissed that I have to pay another 10.50 to see the conclusion in part three. New Line...

I really enjoyed this movie

By JanJan63
I went to see this movie at an RPX theater in 3D and just thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was action packed, fast paced, and entertaining. It had all of the elements of the great Tolkien...

I was an adventurer till I took an arrow to the knee

By jawelch
Midnight showing in Regals RPX theater in HFR 3D and Dolby Atmos. This movie was better in every way to the first installment. Memorable scenes in Mirkwood Forest with spiders, Barrel scenes leaving...

Fantastic and Even better in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D!

By sorli
Checked it out last night and I'm impressed. The storyline and movie came together very well and additional material will certainly help tell a complete story compared the usual Hollywood 'Slice...

Amazing Elves

By vikkipitts
As a long time Tolkien fan, I must admit that stories in the movie as different than the stories in the book. That being said, I really liked the movie. Some of differences in the movie in some...

OH MY GOD THIS WAS SUPER

By zeldalinkilia
This movie is a must see. Though, if you do watch it in 3d, make sure to steel yourselves for flying objects, particularly bats. Just so that Everyone knows, IT'S OK to scream. I did at the Premiere,...

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Rated PG-13 | For Frightening Images and Fantasy Action Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
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