The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit:… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though somewhat overwhelmed by its own spectacle, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy on a reasonably satisfying note.

John Semley
Globe and Mail

It plays out as if someone chucked a whole bunch of carefully detailed Warhammer figurines into a centrifuge -- goblins, goats, dwarfs, wizards and wolves bouncing off one another in waves of alternating tedium and punishment.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

What is perhaps most depressing about Jackson's swollen Hobbit enterprise is the way it retrospectively diminishes his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Katherine Monk

For all the endless detours and special effects traffic jams, this is still a trip you want to take, if only to say you survived the journey.

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John Wenzel
Denver Post

It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe. There is majesty here, and not just because we're in the presence of magnificently regal madness.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Has the added benefit of giving 92-year-old Christopher Lee one last (perhaps) chance to be a bad-ass onscreen...

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Mindless CGI spectacle overpowers every aspect of Peter Jackson's concluding Tolkien adaptation; like the other installments of this lumbering trilogy, it's more tech-demo than movie.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his Lord of the Rings triumph, Peter Jackson has sadly saved the worst for last. The Battle of the Five Armies is 20 percent inspiration, 80 percent desperation.

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Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is one film too far, tedious and overlong and short on most of the elements that made the first two work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Quick-introductory action, and after a slow build, a solid, climatic conclusion. The Battle of the Five Armies supplies the wonders you'd expect from Peter… More
Liam Gadd
Thorin Oakenshield: the character who prevented the finale of the Hobbit series from being a total disappointment.
Aaron Neuwirth
Gandalf: You have but one question to answer: How shall this day end? The second cinematic Middle-Earth trilogy has ended and now we are back where we… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It is all payoff (a very long one by the way) and no setup, and even if it is nice to look at and gets moderately exciting towards the end, it is cold and… More
KJ Proulx
Follow this link for my full thoughts: Once again, we conclude a Middle Earth trilogy, and while it is a very nice… More
Jens S.
And so our visit to Middle Earth ends. With a bang? Sure. With disappointment? I fear so. The first two parts of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy already… More

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