Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1423 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , , , , , , , , ,
  • 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
Watch On
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.

See all 44 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 329
  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 13, 2013
    10
    Yet another case of snobbery among critics and certain individuals on this website. The film was perfect. Unimaginably good. Do not judge itYet another case of snobbery among critics and certain individuals on this website. The film was perfect. Unimaginably good. Do not judge it next to The Lord of The Rings, judge The Hobbit by itself. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2013
    9
    The first one was one of those movies that you hated or only though was alright. Certain things about the first one was crappy as hell (CGIThe first one was one of those movies that you hated or only though was alright. Certain things about the first one was crappy as hell (CGI orcs). This one was completely on another level. Loved it from start to finish and the ending was perfect. The music at the end should win an Oscar, because it was awesome. There were a few flaws in it like the fact that Legolas had a bigger role and the length of the movie was just way too long...other than that I loved it. The fight scenes were top notch, it was funny, the dragon scene was amazing, etc. Expand
  4. Jan 7, 2014
    8
    Can´t believe I´m saying this but I really liked and enjoyed this second part of the trilogy. I love The lord of The Rings (especially theCan´t believe I´m saying this but I really liked and enjoyed this second part of the trilogy. I love The lord of The Rings (especially the last part and especially Frodo+Sam, the heart of the film) and yes the first Hobbit was a letdown because it felt long and was boring at parts, like there was no reason whatsoever for this new adventure despite the stunning visuals. TLOTR was vibrant and exciting and had a heart, the first Hobbit didn´t have that and it made us wonder if this was a bad decision. Well, so surprised they convinced me with this second part that the effort to do this new trilogy was worthy. They explain some more things about this adventure that make it more grounded. I enjoyed it from start to finish, visuals can´t get any better, good acting (actor playing Bilbo was an amazing choice, he is fantastic for this), the pacing was great this time because the start of the film was strong, this younger Legolas we didn´t know is great to see, the new Elfo woman is a good character too, the King of the Elves from the forest seems like a great and intimidating character too (I´m sure we´ll see him a lot in the last part of the trilogy) and of course the moment we finally get to see Smaug is impressive, very entertaining and spectacular. Best part of the film was Smaug+Bilbo scenes. It went a little downhill after that when all the dwarfs join Smaug and Bilbo because it felt like nobody was at risk despite the giant dragon trying to kill them.

    Overall, I think it´s time to accept The Hobbit has always been a lighter story and that it is here to be enjoyed without getting emotionally involved like it happened to everybody with Frodo, Sam and the whole TLOTR trilogy. This time the director got it right and was entertaining and stunning offering so I give this a strong 7.5 (I gave the first Hobbit a 6 out of 10).
    Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    7
    The best Tolkien "Fan-fiction" to ever hit the big screen. Unlike most critics, I ADORED the first Hobbit film, because it captured theThe best Tolkien "Fan-fiction" to ever hit the big screen. Unlike most critics, I ADORED the first Hobbit film, because it captured the playfulness, and awe of the original work beautifully. This second film downplays all the tones and it's main characters for the sake of adding completely non-canon content that was in the story like Azog the Goblin and Legolas. The saving grace for me was the fact that it brought more action, and Smaug. Bennedict Cumberbatch as Smaug was brilliant, and terrifying. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    6
    It's no LOTR but this is certainly much better than the first movie. The high frame rate doesn't annoy me as much, probably because I'm use toIt's no LOTR but this is certainly much better than the first movie. The high frame rate doesn't annoy me as much, probably because I'm use to it now but I wasn't back then when the first movie came out in theatres. Back then it looked more like a video game and there was really no value to it. Sadly, some of the problems from the first movie are still present in this movie. It's like 3 hours long (which would be okay if it wasn't boring half the time) and it's overstuffed with underdeveloped characters. The fact that this movie uses footnotes from many of Tolkien's other novels means that it's not truly faithful to the original source material, too often it diverts away from the main story. Only the devoted Tolkien fans (not me) would get the most out of it but for the uninitiated (me), it just feels like a lot of subplots. There's really no need to extend a short children's book into a trilogy. The only reason for that is to make even more money (obviously 3 is more than 1). The Hobbit trilogy is just Peter Jackson's way of reliving his golden era when the LOTR trilogy was critically and commercially successful, with the last movie winning Best Picture award. This movie would be better off as one movie, or maybe even a two-parter because at least then it would be more faithful to the book. But of course, all the good points in the last movie are present in this movie as well such as the film's visual style, score, special effects and the wonderful performances from the cast. This movie is more action packed than the last one which makes it more enjoyable and stand out as an exciting fantasy adventure in it's own right. I do hate that it's a bit of a disappointment when you compare it to LOTR therefore, I won't be expecting the last movie to meet the same standard (but I do hope it's good). I do understand that the books are very different from each other but Peter Jackson's direction makes the two franchises very similar to each other. He does almost everything he did back when he was directing LOTR so don't b***h about how it's unfair to compare The Hobbit to LOTR. If you're already a fan of the first movie, no doubt you'll enjoy this one. Expand
  7. Aug 19, 2014
    0
    This movie totally sucks, even more than the first installment. I've sued Jackson for wasting nearly 3 hours of my life that I will never getThis movie totally sucks, even more than the first installment. I've sued Jackson for wasting nearly 3 hours of my life that I will never get back. I demanded monetary compensation for the severe mental abuse OR Jackson incarcerated for crimes against humanity. I haven't even read the books and still could tell after 20 minutes there is no way this travesty is anywhere close to the source material by Tolkien. The plot is laughable at best, those action sequences are ludicrous. Most insane one being some blond dyke standing on the heads of two dwarfs going down a raging river and shooting endless volleys towards running Orcs and taking them out with a cruise missile like precision. Seeing so many people still enjoying such utter garbage, convinces me there is no hope whatsoever for this civilization. May God have mercy on our souls, we are doomed! Expand

See all 329 User Reviews