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  • Summary: Thorin and company have reached Lake-town and it is time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragonThorin and company have reached Lake-town and it is time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. If Bilbo and the others are able to gain the treasure, will they be able to keep it? And will they discover what has become of the wizard Gandalf? Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Dec 6, 2013
    100
    Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous installment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 12, 2013
    80
    This is a rip-snorting, barrel-riding adventure movie — perfect for all ages, as they say (though it isn’t for very young kids) — loaded with fast-paced fight scenes, great-looking effects and enjoyable and/or scurrilous supporting characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 11, 2013
    78
    The Desolation of Smaug is, on the whole, a vast improvement over The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s a popcorn movie (in the best sense) disguised as deep-core nerdism.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 6, 2013
    70
    After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 12, 2013
    63
    But, oh, that dragon. I'd endure another slog through Middle-Earth just to spend more time with Smaug.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 11, 2013
    60
    It’s hard to fight the feeling that The Hobbit simply isn’t an epic story, and the efforts to expand it into one leave it feeling like an anvil crammed into a sock: The sock is taking on some weird shapes, and it’s being stretched awfully thin.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 12, 2013
    25
    Results are all that matter, and the result here is that The Desolation of Smaug fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 337
  1. Dec 13, 2013
    10
    Enjoyed it thoroughly. Much better than the first one, it's not as action based as the LOTR series but that's not a bad thing. It sets its ownEnjoyed it thoroughly. Much better than the first one, it's not as action based as the LOTR series but that's not a bad thing. It sets its own pace and is more "adventurey". Makes me laugh where needed and was just a ton of fun to go for at launch night. Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2013
    10
    Hit or miss for many people. However, users claiming the movie will not be enjoyable if you're a fan of the original LOTR trilogy areHit or miss for many people. However, users claiming the movie will not be enjoyable if you're a fan of the original LOTR trilogy are basically 100% wrong. When did movie watching become a job for people to then criticize to death a person's movie for "flaws" that they perceived? Where is the objective criticism? Enjoy the movie for what it is people.

    The acting is great. The CGI is great and, yes, there is a lot of it but I fail to see how this is a bad thing, especially when done so well! The characterization is far better than the first movie and the only aspect that seemed a little unnecessary is the relationship between Tauriel and Kili but it doesn't detract from the movie whatsoever. I've simply come to believe people make it their mission to nit-pick movies. Nevertheless, it is a nearly 3 hour movie that is worth the price of admission, to at least experience or distract yourself with during your free time, more so than the hour and a half movies the industry favors nowadays.
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  3. Dec 16, 2013
    9
    The visuals were stunning! The plot was better than the first. The directing and acting was very good! I think this one was better than theThe visuals were stunning! The plot was better than the first. The directing and acting was very good! I think this one was better than the first. A lot of action and intensity Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2014
    8
    Maybe Peter Jacksons money, and quest for the oversized adventure has got to his head. Nonetheless, I loved this film. It's such a majorMaybe Peter Jacksons money, and quest for the oversized adventure has got to his head. Nonetheless, I loved this film. It's such a major improvement over An Unexpected Journey, I don't even want to talk about that peice of crap. I feel more like this should be similar to that of the trilogy and thats what makes it amazing. If Peter would've done this with An Unexpected Journey they would've made alot more money on this film. overall major improvement, 8/10 Great. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2014
    7
    Not a bad movie, not a great one. Desolation of Smaug is in between which is exactly what's wrong with it. This is a sequel, it has no realNot a bad movie, not a great one. Desolation of Smaug is in between which is exactly what's wrong with it. This is a sequel, it has no real beginning nor end. It just kind of starts, runs for a few of hours and then fades to black. Those few hours are enjoyable, even if they are plagued by some of Jackson's eccentricities, mainly the extremely long and over stylized fight sequences. The dwarves are back and as goofily likeable as ever. Bilbo Baggins is... somewhere. For a movie called "The Hobbit" the only hobbit in the film has very little to say or do until the end where we finally get to meet the dragon we've heard so much about. And Smaug does not disappoint. These Tolkien films have a great way of making cgi characters stand out and Smaug is no different. Voiced by the excellent Benedict Cumberbatch, Smaug is by far the best and most memorable part of the movie. Smaug is terrifyingly captivating, more grandeur than I had ever imagined from the books. Just as we meet him and the movie starts to get good, it ends. I see myself liking this movie much more after the third one come's out but as of now, it just left me unfulfilled. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2014
    6
    It was an improvement from the previous installment but continues to lack memorable characters due to a shortfall in character developmentIt was an improvement from the previous installment but continues to lack memorable characters due to a shortfall in character development creating no emotional attachment to any of the dwarfs travelling with Bilbo Baggins. However, the visuals are amazing it is much more action packed compared to the first one giving it a final score of 64.6 out of 100. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2014
    0
    This film is as good as "Attack of the killer tomatoes". The plot is as near to The Hobbit as Killer Tomatoes is to pizza making; the actionThis film is as good as "Attack of the killer tomatoes". The plot is as near to The Hobbit as Killer Tomatoes is to pizza making; the action scenes are just as laughable (yet higher technical quality). If Jackson had come to Tolkien's tomb and shat inside, it would be less of an insult to his memory.
    As a comic film, it could be good. I really laughed when I saw a hobbit on a metal plate surfing over molten gold. He's made of asbestos!
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