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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
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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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  1. Negative: 41 out of 196
  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. Feb 18, 2015
    10
    Absolutely beautiful! A great movie to finish the series, interesting plot, good actors and intense battle scenes. Really good movie, youAbsolutely beautiful! A great movie to finish the series, interesting plot, good actors and intense battle scenes. Really good movie, you should go see for yourself. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2015
    9
    Fun movie to watch with alot of fighting and action. What more can you ask for, a good story. The story is pretty good, entertaining, and deepFun movie to watch with alot of fighting and action. What more can you ask for, a good story. The story is pretty good, entertaining, and deep sort off. The transition between the Desolation of Smaug and the battle of the five armies was done well. My girlfriend dont even like fantasy, but she loves the hobbit. So take your girlfriend to the movies with a small popcorn, pop a hole at the bottom an enjoy. Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2015
    7
    When looking at any of the three films in the Hobbit trilogy, it is unfair to constantly compare them to the brilliance of the original LordWhen looking at any of the three films in the Hobbit trilogy, it is unfair to constantly compare them to the brilliance of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy--we all know those are masterpieces. While the Hobbit series may not be, this final installment manages to capture much more of the adventure and excitement of the Hobbit novel. Peter Jackson and Co.'s decision to expand the Hobbit is justified very much so in this grand finale. Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2015
    6
    By far the best film of the series but that isn't saying much. The needless love triangle story line, The awkward bits of comedy throughBy far the best film of the series but that isn't saying much. The needless love triangle story line, The awkward bits of comedy through out...even during the more serious moments of the film, The battles were far too CGI filled and fast paced...you could not enjoy them in the slightest, and a majority of the big parts of this film were very anti-climactic. Not to mention the serious over acting through out.

    The Hobbit Trilogy was a serious disappointment and this one is no exception. However, It was still sadly the best film in the series and the only one even remotely worth seeing.
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  6. Dec 22, 2014
    4
    I remember reading the Hobbit when I was a kid. I love the wonder and sense of adventure the book contained. This sense carried over to theI remember reading the Hobbit when I was a kid. I love the wonder and sense of adventure the book contained. This sense carried over to the Animated Hobbit film that I still love to this day. Watching these three movies has been more of a chore than anything else. I entered the first movie with such hope. Instead of joy I just keep hitting scenes thinking "oh wow how can he screw up this time." This feeling extended to the final film. I don't need Thorin facing off in a duel on an icy river. I don't need an interracial love triangle with elves and dwarves. Smaug was great, but that was about it. It is sad that what could have been turned into these three drawn out stories with bad CG, horrible plot added in, and slop shod directing. I will be reading the Hobbit again over Christmas to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2015
    0
    Just really really bad

    I honestly believe half the film is spent fighting two big orcs on ice that scene seems to last forever. The
    Just really really bad

    I honestly believe half the film is spent fighting two big orcs on ice that scene seems to last forever.

    The amount of times characters are almost near death and get saved at the last minute reaches a stupid number and starts to become so boring and repetitive one of the worst films I've watched in a long long time
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