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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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  1. Negative: 41 out of 184
  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 14, 2015
    10
    I LOVE the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings! They are my favorite movies. The Battle of the Five Armies is a really good movie. It has a lot ofI LOVE the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings! They are my favorite movies. The Battle of the Five Armies is a really good movie. It has a lot of fighting throughout the movie! Peter Jackson did a good job of making the Battle of The Five Armies long since it is only about 4 or five chapters long in the book! Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2015
    9
    The 3 Hobbit movies were wonderful and a great representation of the Classic novel by the same title. It may not be as good as The Lord of theThe 3 Hobbit movies were wonderful and a great representation of the Classic novel by the same title. It may not be as good as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It also suffered from what happened to Star Wars in the way it was going up against itself. So it could never live up too the LOTR hype. But for me I was very happy to revisit a story that was both part of my childhood and adulthood as well. I just have to say well done Mr. Jackson and Thank you again. Part of me wishes there was more stories but maybe this is the right place and time to end the series/saga and enjoy it for ages to come! Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2015
    7
    A good film with superb acting and great effects. Out of all the Hobbit films, this should have been the one to blow the doors off the hinges.A good film with superb acting and great effects. Out of all the Hobbit films, this should have been the one to blow the doors off the hinges. Instead I came away with a sense of unfulfilled opportunity and thoughts how it could have been better. That alone has this film cleaving only seven (7) busted blocks as the rest escape in battle Expand
  5. Dec 22, 2014
    6
    Overall a good movie but wow what a letdown. The first battle you encounter is so full of amazing effects and awesome sound you think thisOverall a good movie but wow what a letdown. The first battle you encounter is so full of amazing effects and awesome sound you think this movie is going to be the best trip to middle earth ever made. Once you reach the end though you are somewhat surprised how mediocre this last vision has been. A word of warning this movie is certainly a final chapter and you must see the other films to have a grip on what is going on. The Bilbo Baggins character is so spot on with his dismissive personality.He does make it more bearable while you try to figure out which orc is which and why I should care. I also loved the ending of this movie and it is great to end on a good note for such a great series. I made the mistake of seeing this in High Frame Rate and I say it ruins all the effects and make a lot of scenes look like you are watching a Land of the Lost episode from 1979. Stay away from HFR and do not put on the ring..... Expand
  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. Mar 7, 2015
    0
    A **** end to a **** trilogy made in the grand mindless tradition of the Transformers movies. I can't express how much I didn't want to goA **** end to a **** trilogy made in the grand mindless tradition of the Transformers movies. I can't express how much I didn't want to go and see this, but I wanted to get it over with, much like my experience of watching the third and final Matrix movie.

    But The Matrix Trilogy was far superior to this garbage, which I'm sure, buried beneath all of the extra crap, there's still a movie to be salvaged.

    I look forward to viewing a proper edit, where all three Hobbit movies are condensed into one 2-3 hr sitting, and all of the ridiculous **** is gone.
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