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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 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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Unfaithful and disappointing

By spinninglies
It's just sad when carefully constructed lore is dismissed in favor of flashy, unnecessary fight scenes and poor character development. This movie does a vast disservice to the mythos....

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

By piercejscott
If you pretend the movie is not about Tolkien's world and the treasured book named in the title, and if you try NOT to imagine Tolkien not only rolling OVER in his grave, but actually rising from it...

An awesome movie :)

By nightstigers
While not completely true to the book the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is an awesome watch! Definately worth watching while its in theatres! There is some embelishment on some parts for the purposes of...

I usually LOVE this type of movie

By willvectorforfood
I usually LOVE this type of movie. I'm a big fan of LOTR and the whole fantasy genre. But this movie, despite the great richness of it's scenery, is dull and streches into boredom. My daughters,...

It all depends on your faith in the book.

By cindy_l_thomas
For those of you who are die-hard Tolkien fans - you are going to be very disappointed. Other than the name of the movie and perhaps 25% of the movie, it bears little resemblance to the book....


By pollard209
Was actually in sync with the first and action packed and as versed as the others in its line I never quite like the way they end,. Waiting for the next really isnt fun lol Alot of fun and ...

I've Seen it All Before

By onlineguy
Three tedious hours of swooping cameras, crashing buildings, and martial arts with swords. Who are these characters, and why should I care? I only went because my friends promised me a wonderful...

Great CGI, But

By Mickey Bat
...Do we really need another Super-hero/Action Movie? I'm probably the only person in America who was disappointed with this Filck. Other than the first scenes with Smaug, the movie is a total...

Not much to remember

By svmerlin
Nothing memorable about this film except for the never ending special effects and some gorgeous scenery. No character development to speak of and no great story. Keep the ending to ourselves???? ...

Yes, back to Middle Earth again.

By drmarsha
It is a pleasure to visit the Middle Earth again. While it is not absolutely faithful to J. R. R. Tolkien's work, it is a fun movie. I love Martin Freeman as Bilbo. I think you will enjoy the movie...

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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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