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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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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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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...

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...

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,...

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....

Terrible; I've read fan fiction better than this

By acuteennui
Peter Jackson did what he did in the Two Towers; gutted iconic material, inserted his own original material (sometimes loosely based on the appendices or other authentic Tolkien canon work, sometimes...

Ebb and Flow

By dark_and_mysterious
The flow of this movie is off, I did not feel engaged with the characters, the only true chemistry was between Kili and Tauriel. Best acting goes to Martin Freeman, he captures facial expressions...

Hobbit: desolation of smaug

By jimbombadil
Cinematography was great. Didn't have enough quiet, personality developing scenes. Like the remake of Total Recall in that it was too frenetic. Got too far away from the book in some parts. Wish the...

Much better than 1st part

By enjoyee
I know its getting redundant(s many have already said it) but 2nd part of Hobbit is much better than the first part as it has much action and the visuals are just so good to ignore.. I watched it in...

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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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