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  • Summary: Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, ThorinHaving reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 16, 2014
    90
    If The Hobbit doesn't equal the achievement of Jackson's earlier Middle-earth movies -- and, honestly, what could? -- it is still, in sum, a thrilling effort.
  2. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    Dec 1, 2014
    80
    A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth. Now complete, The Hobbit stands as a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings, albeit one that never quite emerges from its shadow.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Dec 16, 2014
    75
    The "Hobbit" trilogy started slowly and ended with a rush, heroes and villians fighting it out over a mountain of gold. What kid of any age can resist that?
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    Dec 1, 2014
    60
    Jackson's efforts have peaked and troughed, but this final chapter will undoubtedly satisfy fans, and kindle a sense of sadness as this hobbit's tale finally draws to a close.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 16, 2014
    60
    The finale is not an all-out disappointment. It should satisfy the franchise's fans, and it does wrap up any loose ends you might be wondering about.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 17, 2014
    50
    If you want to see a Renaissance faire turned into an apocalyptic battlefield, this is the ticket.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 16, 2014
    38
    Jackson has marched the modern fantasy-action epic into a thundering blind alley; the movie exhausts your senses without ever engaging your imagination.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 157
  1. Orw
    Dec 17, 2014
    10
    A great ending to one of the best trilogys in its genre. I loved every part. Great in every possible way. We will all miss this characters,A great ending to one of the best trilogys in its genre. I loved every part. Great in every possible way. We will all miss this characters, Middle Eart and Peter Jackson audacity and creative vision. All six films are now part of the greatest fantasy films ever made. I'm glad i had the chance to witness them all. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    Watched this one from the 3rd row, in high frame rate 3D. It was amazing detail and the best 3D experience I've had in a decade. Times runningWatched this one from the 3rd row, in high frame rate 3D. It was amazing detail and the best 3D experience I've had in a decade. Times running out if you haven't already had that experience, I fully recommend it.

    The movie itself was unsurprisingly great! You have to forgive the writers for their liberties and you have to read between the lines in the book to appreciate the movie. If you're "The book was better" type -- don't go. In the end, Tolkien would have either loved or hated all of the first and second trilogies. I for one thought the Hobbit was just as good as LOTR. No matter what the writers did, the acting in all three of the Hobbit films is superb.
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  3. Jan 29, 2015
    9
    While I am sad to see a second Peter Jackson Middle-Earth trilogy come to a close, this one felt as good as Return of the King did when IWhile I am sad to see a second Peter Jackson Middle-Earth trilogy come to a close, this one felt as good as Return of the King did when I first saw it. While it does tell a slightly different story than the book, it still makes for an exciting film and great conclusion. #OneLastTime Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2015
    7
    The movie is unfinished, and completely looks like rushed. Most of the things were unexplained, but overall, is good. To be honest, I wasThe movie is unfinished, and completely looks like rushed. Most of the things were unexplained, but overall, is good. To be honest, I was dissapointed, especially when they devoted very little time to the scene Gandalf tells Bilbo he knows about the ring. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2015
    6
    I still don't understand why there where 3 movies, and this last one is the worst, nothing that we haven't seen before happens, at least onI still don't understand why there where 3 movies, and this last one is the worst, nothing that we haven't seen before happens, at least on the second part smaug was very important Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2014
    4
    One of the worst films I have seen all year, I had to look away and cover my mouth I was laughing so hard. I was done with this move about 1hrOne of the worst films I have seen all year, I had to look away and cover my mouth I was laughing so hard. I was done with this move about 1hr in. Dragging this series through the mud is not something I ever thought I would do. But breaking this movie up into 3 parts was a terrible idea. Adding characters/love triangle into the mix was just something they got stuck with and it seemed they didn't know what to do with it in this movie. Every time Legolas was in a close-up I wanted to scream. The movie called the Hobbit had Bilbo in maybe 20 mins of its 2.5 hr run time.

    If I am exaggerating its because this movie has me utterly frustrated with Jackson. He pulled a Lucas and just saw money, and used so much CG that the films just fell flat and were too flashy, not to mention the terrible frame rate inconsistencies. Where LotR had CG yes, obviously, the Hobbit overdid it, and made it feel detached from the sequels. I could go on and on but the crowning failure...I was about to give this movie a pass, even-though I was dying of laughter at the end....when Thorin died...I was like "ok this is it Jackson, you have **** everything else over, pleassssse get the last line right." He didn't I and I nearly exploded, if not for my manners I would have screamed in the theater. Did Jackson not read the book? NEVER paraphrase someones dying words, it was like 2 sentences longer and made way more sense, more meaning. So yeah Battle of the Five Armies, bravo with the hype train racking in your money, you sucked!
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  7. Jan 26, 2015
    0
    After reading bunch of positive critics I have concluded that they can only be written by people who never read the book, are younger than 25After reading bunch of positive critics I have concluded that they can only be written by people who never read the book, are younger than 25 or paid by Peter Jackson! The Hobbit 3 or as I like to call it: "Peter Jackson's and his bunch of merry screenplay writing lunatics Tolkien inspired extravaganza". At moments it seems that the screenplay was written by someone who had read the book in his past life, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease in this life and has used some LSD to try and reconnect to his past life memories of the Hobbit. Seriously this movie should have a disclaimer that states that the "movie" is barely related to the book called "The Hobbit". If I had money I would personally sue Peter Jackson for false advertising and ruining Tolkien’s good name. Half way trough the movie I was expecting Paul Muad'Dib and Luke Skywalker to pop out! It is not fair that people who did not read the book should think that Tolkien is responsible for this crap. I'm not even going to talk about CGI and other stuff...Hard core Tolkien fans will be ...others will just watch a bad movie! Expand

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