BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Reviews

By Dr. Know on December 19th, 2014

Critic Reviews for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

via Rotten Tomatoes

Untold manpower, pixels, and money culminate in the gangbusters final installment. It can’t redeem the useless tedium of the first two, which exist for gargantuan profits and structural necessity.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
Well, at least there won’t be another one for a while.

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Tom Long
Detroit News
It’s adequately visionary, it’s routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014

Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014

John Semley
Globe and Mail
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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John Wenzel
Denver Post
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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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
With some of the most exciting hand-to-hand combat I’ve ever seen portrayed onscreen the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy really delivers the goods.

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Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin’s Picks
Thank goodness The Hobbit is over. Now we can go back and watch The Lord of the Rings again.

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Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
By inserting so much filler into the second movie, this finale is saddled with the need to pay it all off. Consequently, the unfocused story meanders all over the place.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
A fatiguing popcorn movie… [but] so, so much better than the meandering idiocy of the last two movies.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
Jackson’s at once digressive and bombastic style clearly grates for some. But there’s a singular earnestness and enthusiasm to these movies that sets them apart from their many soulless imitators.

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Keith Uhlich
Reverse Shot
Peter Jackson’s Battle of the Five Armies ends his Hobbit trilogy on a somewhat underwhelming note, but it’s worth taking that final trip to his Middle-earth.

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Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
Trilogy conclusion has thrilling, violent battle scenes.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
If you can forgive all the behind-the-scenes nonsense and focus on the completed movie, you may find it to be a joyous, rousing adventure – even one for the ages.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fine goodbye. It should have been a lot more meaningful than it ends up being.

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Bill Gibron
PopMatters
Does anyone expect more than a frantic, action-packed finale that still can’t measure up to any of the “Rings?”

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Christian Toto
ColoradoParent.com
Fortunately, there’s not a single scene of dwarves wandering the hills or sitting around a table singing.

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Rebecca Murray
Showbiz Junkies
This trilogy comes precariously close to making its title character the MacGuffin.

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John Serba
MLive.com
An action-packed muddle…

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Kurt Loder
Reason Online
The narrative is routinely marred by schlocky comic relief…

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
Let’s call it the ‘seafood extender’ of sequels. It takes up room on the plate, but there’s no meat here.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014

Katherine Monk
Canada.com
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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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014

Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
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