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About the Movie
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's enduring masterpiece. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. Although their goal lies to the East, they must first escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo gains possession of Gollum's "precious" -- a simple, gold ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 280
- Fresh: 180
- Rotten: 100
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Part One of director Peter Jackson's planned film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit forces audiences to run an obstacle course before the fun kicks in.
Rotten: An Unexpected Journey is a major comedown, a muddle-headed and cumbersome piece of filmmaking that betrays Jackson's mercenary motives -- Tolkien's book, too.
Fresh: Between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans.
Fresh: An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders.
It had awesome action in it and the way they did some of the animation and the landscapes was amazing, but I'm really annoyed that they're splitting it up into three movies and the amount of changes they made from the book. Amazing soundtrack though.
The movie was amazing in the theatre and I am looking forward to owning a copy so I can watch it again and again. But why is the trailer in French and no option to change to English? I'm not even in Quebec...