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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Synopsis
Men, Dwarves and Elves must decide whether to unite and prevail -- or be destroyed -- and Middle Earth hangs in the balance.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Fighting — presented with Jackson’s usual double helpings of visual splendor, emotional oomph and low-key comedy — is what Battle of the...
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By James Berardinelli
The best film of The Hobbit's three, this final installment is closer in quality to "The Lord of the Rings" than to its immediate...
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By Drew McWeeny
By focusing on a few key emotional arcs instead of making it about every shot being the BIGGEST THING OF ALL TIME, Jackson gives the battle...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to...
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Total Film

Despite the warmongering title, focusing on the action would be doing The Battle Of The Five Armies a disservice. Even at its most talky,...
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A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth. Now complete, The Hobbit stands as a worthy...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Now, thanks to this last film, in 3-D, the pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe. There is majesty here, and not just because we’re in...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy is the best, featuring more spectacular action scenes as well as the series' most emotionally...
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Slant Magazine

These films, and Tolkien's entire oeuvre, are most affecting in their depictions of friendship, and the performances here represent...
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By Scott Foundas
If none of the Hobbit films resonate with "Rings'" mythic grandeur, it’s hard not to marvel at Jackson’s facility with these characters and...
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By 00025130424
I went to an early screening and wow exactly what i expected. I enjoyed it more than the last two. I don't recommend it to younger viewers because of the violence. Other than that this movie needs an...


By jacobhobson
THE HOBBIT is one of the greatest fantasies in English literature; this one's close to home. After the first movie, I was kind of excited--close enough to the book and pretty movie, eye candy. Second...


By androidango
The best part about the third movie is this misery finally ends....

looking forward to this magnificent film so well that i spent some bucks buying the books

By christinehuges693
ive been looking forward to this one ever since i saw smaug heading towards the town of Dale intent with murder in his heart . such a great film were the last two that ive just had to get the making...

excellent movie, except the ending

By nngg
What a terrible ending to a great series the story now killed the entire series for me THORIN was the main reason for the entire series and no they (or Tolkien) couldn't have used the ring to make...

what source material?

By argodman
I love the Hobbit. I love Tolkien. I was not very thrilled with this movie. I am still not convinced (actually even less convinced) that a love story needed to be added to this series of movies. one...

Great movie if you never read The Hobbit

By ayefimov
I won't give anything away, but it was just such a shame that, as the last movie in the Tolkien saga, the movie so grievously deviated from such a short book. Shame on you, Peter Jackson....

Glad its over!

By bdahl262
This film was long, boring, unoriginal, and left a lot of loose ends open that the LoTR trilogy can't answer. What really got me was when the dwarves decided to go after "the defiler," their...


By cliffsir
I went to the early screening and I enjoyed it very much. I think they did a great job and well worth the money. Saw it in IMax 3D and it blew me away. If you like the Hobbit, you gotta see it....

What were you going for Jackson?

By ctpietrack514
I can applaud the cinematography! But the plot changes and dialogue overall was inexcusable half-hearted nonsense. Surely, there will be many awards for the high quality CGI & overall look of the...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Fantasy Action, Frightening Images and Intense Fantasy Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Trilogy conclusion has thrilling, violent battle scenes.
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