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The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

HD   PG-13

Peter Jackson

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About the Movie

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the final 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. After reaching Erebor and encountering the dragon Smaug, Five Armies assemble for an epic battle that could decide the future of all in Middle-earth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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59%
  • Reviews Counted: 235
  • Fresh: 140
  • Rotten: 95
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 18, 2014

Rotten: It's adequately visionary, it's routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Dec 19, 2014

Fresh: 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. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Dec 18, 2014

Fresh: It's a big, bold, schizophrenic pageant that still manages to work on a surprising number of levels -- creative liberties and indulgences be damned. – John Wenzel, Denver Post, Dec 18, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Sadly, this is the weakest of the Middle-Earth films.

First off, I will say that the 'The Lord of the Rings’ films are my favorite films of all time, and the first two Hobbit films, while far from perfect, were still very enjoyable and entertaining. However, the final installment in Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy left me underwhelmed and disappointed. Its battle sequences, while thrilling in moments, felt small in scale, and the strong emotional impact that I felt reading J.R.R. Tolkien's novel is no where to be found here. These were not the impressions I wanted to be left with witnessing what is most likely to be the last cinematic journey to Middle-Earth. It is what it is.

An Achievement in Cinema

The first two Hobbit movies were like the Lord of the Rings: they were unusually beautiful and a treasure to see in the theatre and at home. This third chapter connects the two trilogies and is everything and more that the first two are: beautiful, wise, suspenseful and amazing in 3D. It's worth the money and high quality film making.

DISAPPOINTING CONCLUSION TO A MEDIOCRE TRILOGY

The first two hobbit movies were pretty good, but this one was terrible. This movie was boring, messy and used to much CGI. The finale should be the best one, but this movie was so simple and forgettable. All the fight scenes looked the same. The emotion wasn't there and the film as a whole just felt rushed and sloppily thrown together. Very disappointing 😪