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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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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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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....

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....

Absolutely AMAZING...... Don't pay attention to the bad reviews!!!!!

By barrel_rider
Trust in Peter Jackson. Honestly I was terrified to see the movie from reading all of the reviews. But I was completely blown away by the second installment. People who say that it strayed away...

Absolutely AMAZING...... Don't pay attention to the bad reviews!!!!!

By barrel_rider
Trust in Peter Jackson. Honestly I was terrified to see the movie from reading all of the reviews. But I was completely blown away by the second installment. People who say that it strayed away...

The Desolation of Peter Jackson

By dancingforhispleasur
It would appear, for some strange and unforeseeable reason, that Director/Co-writer Peter Jackson is not himself these days. Having viewed and admired (at one point or another) a large chunk of...

The Desolation of Peter Jackson

By dancingforhispleasur
It would appear, for some strange and unforeseeable reason, that Director/Co-writer Peter Jackson is not himself these days. Having viewed and admired (at one point or another) a large chunk of...

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...

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...

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...

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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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