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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: An IMAX 3D Experience 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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Reinventing The Hobbit? Why?

By mstraha
I have never written a negative movie review, and I really don't want to ruin this movie for those who haven't seen it. Peter Jackson is a truly gifted film maker, and his rendition of the LOTR series...

Should be called "The Dwarf"

By johncota918
From its opening scenes, viewers are aware that the focus of this movie is Thorin's "I have the only right" militaristic mission to regain a huge mountain so 12 dwarves can live there...There is no...

Very nice film, title incorrect

By kkreisrn
The movie is a nice film, LOVED the movie... I think the title was wrong though... this should have been entitled "Awakening the Dragon, an Elvish love story" Graphics were great, movie was...

Peter Jackson did it again

By ehlabse
As per usual, I go to a Peter Jackson Tolkien movie and as the end credits roll, I wonder where the time has gone and am very disappointed that I have to wait an entire year for the next and final...

Full of Surprises

By hengis
I have read the Hobbit many times, so I have a general idea how things are supposed to work out. And all of the things I wanted to see, I saw. But the details that Peter Jackson and company added to...

the hobbit: the desolation of smaug

By krashobang
It's a one movie book that has been filled with filler to stretch it to 3 movies. Great special effects. Although I liked the Trilogy as 3 movies, this was too much....

Go with an open mind and senses!

By SeattleSuze
Character development? Not so much. Exactly like the book? Nah. If you want to be shaken out of your holiday reverie, though, this movie will kick your butt to next Tuesday! We saw this in IMAX,...

Totally Worth Every Penny!

By EvilShadowKitty
This was by far the best way to see this movie for the midnight showing, everything was great at that size, and in 3D no less! Truly, this is going to be a short review, but if you do go to see it,...

great movie. terrible glasses

By sramerhunter
movie looked and sounded great. the high frame rate made the 3d watchable. the yellow 3d glasses were absolutely awful. my wife and friend and I all had red marks on our noses and ears. i know it's...

The Hobbit - the Desolation of Smaug

By Jennie B
As a lifelong fan of the Tolkien classics I was overwhelmed with gratitude that a genius of Peter Jackson's calibre took on the tremendous task of bringing these wonderful books to the movie screen....

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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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