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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. Positive: 69 out of 104
  2. Negative: 22 out of 104
  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. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Another masterpiece of Peter Jackson ! Awesome epic CGI. Although this episode has too much fight but it did its part of The Hobbit trilogies.Another masterpiece of Peter Jackson ! Awesome epic CGI. Although this episode has too much fight but it did its part of The Hobbit trilogies. A great novel & a great film that everyone should read & watch in their life. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2014
    8
    This movie is probably the best of each. While the complaints are still there--over the top CGI, laughable stunts, and too much freedom withThis movie is probably the best of each. While the complaints are still there--over the top CGI, laughable stunts, and too much freedom with the source content. They are all still there, but to a lesser degree--the CGI has definitely improved, the stunts are still laughable but much much shorter, and they spent less time trying to make this about The White Council (they have just one real scene together).

    My complaints are simple: the love triangle was awful and never worked, despite Tauriel being a decent character; there are times where the movie (intentionally) makes you laugh only to instantly cut to the slaughter civilians (it was very awkward); they also were very heavy-handed with the corruption of greed (we got it, a million times over); not enough Dwarf character development (something they have continually failed at).

    It was still a good, fun movie. It did a good job of emphasizing events that did lead to the LOTR series--especially with showing how the ring is slowly and subtly corrupting Bilbo--without taking away from the there and now. However, this is a battle movie. There is action, combat, explosions and destruction. Peter Jackson, IMO unfortunately, focused on these instead of the great characters he had to work with. To this day, none of the fans of the films (that have not read the books) know the names of the dwarves besides Thorin and Kili (and by extension, Fili).
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  4. WJS
    Dec 17, 2014
    7
    This movie is very long...well it seems very long as it seems to be coming to end about 3 or 4 times and then on it goes, just like the thirdThis movie is very long...well it seems very long as it seems to be coming to end about 3 or 4 times and then on it goes, just like the third installment of "The Lord of the Rings" as it never wants to end. Mind you it looks and sounds amazing and it's quite romantic. It's epic in its scope and it's visually stimulating but if you haven't seen "The Lord of the Rings", it might be confusing. The whole time I was watching I was thinking that Peter Jackson must be really tired of directing the same movie again, just like I was getting tired of watching the same movie over again. Unfortunately, I just didn't get into this movie as much as I hoped I would as I've been looking forward to seeing it for quite awhile...and although I was impressed with HFR 3D visual aspect it just seemed overwrought and heavy handed to me. Once you've seen one Orck get his head lopped off it all becomes quite redundant. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2014
    6
    This is basically a good film, it is very impressive and done very well. And I guess I could say it's fun to watch.

    This third part,
    This is basically a good film, it is very impressive and done very well. And I guess I could say it's fun to watch.

    This third part, though, shows how unnecessary it was to split this one single book into three (!) parts, each taking about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

    The Battle of the Five Armies hasn't got much story in it, as it is mostly told on the first two parts of the trilogy, and here we come to the grand finale, where, well, most of the characters mainly fight. And fight. And fight. And fight. And fight.

    There were some moving moments, and some light moments, which is good, but still - most of the time I've seen only violence on the screen. There was simply not much else to show, because, as I said, there's not much of the story left to tell..
    But how would we make a trilogy with each title lasting alone almost 3 hours?
    Of course, let's stretch those battles on and on!

    Well, that didn't work that well in my opinion folks.

    And yes, technically this is still a good movie. Still, I'm really glad this is over, as making three parts for The Hobbit felt like it's going to be mainly a slight torture to my wallet and not a fully enjoyable experience.
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  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. Dec 28, 2014
    0
    Nothing like the book at all.

    Looks like it was shot in a studio with overloads of CGI and green-screen. Weak characters and plot
    Nothing like the book at all.

    Looks like it was shot in a studio with overloads of CGI and green-screen.

    Weak characters and plot development.

    Battle is way too over-the-top and THREATLESS.

    Tauriel didn't die, so where did she go after the Hobbit? Continuity mistake.

    The idiotic and greedy steward of Dale ruins the whole movie with childish humor (seriously, golden cleavage? STUPID).

    Overall, the last 2 movies of the trilogy were just abominations of Tolkien's beautiful work (Unexpected Journey was alright!). Half the reviewers I read have never read the book... SMH
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