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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Peter Jackson

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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: 283
  • Fresh: 183
  • 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 13, 2012

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. – Tom Charity,, Dec 13, 2012

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. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Dec 13, 2012

Fresh: An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Simply Perfect

The Movie was very good, I really liked it and can't wait for the other two parts.


I almost fell asleep during the first part of this film---it was just that bad. But then the action scenes came around and I changed my mind... sort of.

Peter Jackson set such a high standard for himself when he made the original Lord of the Rings movies, and he missed the mark with An Unexpected Journey. He spent too much time with it, and so you're left with three hours of almost nothing happening.

I still like the movie, don't get me wrong, I was just disappointed

An amazing movie!

This is one of many examples of why I can't take movie critics seriously. When The Hobbit was first released back in December I read a lot from the so-so "professional" movie critics saying that the movie was terrible. How wrong they were! This movie is incredible! The cinematography is amazing, the acting is awesome and the story is captivating…even if it takes a little while to get going. Howard Shore has 1-upped his this work from The Lord of the Rings and created a masterful score for the movie. This movie is an amazing prequel to The Lord of the Rings and very faithful to the book that it is based on. I can't wait to see the second part in December!