100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Not since the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy has film dipped into myth and emerged with the kind of weight and heft seen in Peter Jackson's first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first "Star Wars."
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
For Hobbitués and adventure fans of all other ages, it's the year's best thrill ride -- maybe the best film.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Rings has moments of edge-of-the-seat excitement, too, such as when the dark riders come looking for Frodo. But it's occasionally tedious when it should be captivating.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
But moving across this tableau is Frodo and his gang, and here the trouble lies...Not a one seems believable as conveyed by Wood, who forever looks to be on the brink of a good sob. Likewise, his hobbit sidekick Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) is a real wuss.
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92 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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