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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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New Zealand, United States · 2014
Rated PG-13 · 2h 24m
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins a company of dwarves on a journey into wild lands swarming with beasts. After encountering the dragon Smaug, the Five Armies assemble for an epic battle that decides the future of Middle-earth.

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Empire by

A fitting conclusion to Jackson’s prequel trilogy and a triumphant adieu to Middle-earth. Now complete, The Hobbit stands as a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings, albeit one that never quite emerges from its shadow.


The Guardian by Andrew Pulver

Like Agatha Christie’s detective novels, there would appear little in the way of aesthetic – as opposed to technological – progression; having set the tone so definitively at the outset, each film delivered exactly what it promised.


TheWrap by Inkoo Kang

The 144-minute running time showcases Jackson's worst tendencies: eons-long battle scenes, sloppy and abrupt resolutions, portentous romances, off-rhythm comic timing, and, newly in this case, patience-testing fan service.


CineVue by Joe Walsh

Jackson's efforts have peaked and troughed, but this final chapter will undoubtedly satisfy fans, and kindle a sense of sadness as this hobbit's tale finally draws to a close.


Slant Magazine by Richard Scott Larson

These films, and Tolkien's entire oeuvre, are most affecting in their depictions of friendship, and the performances here represent plutonic male intimacy in convincing, often moving ways.


Variety by Scott Foundas

If none of the Hobbit films resonate with "Rings'" mythic grandeur, it’s hard not to marvel at Jackson’s facility with these characters and this world, which he seems to know as well as John Ford knew his Monument Valley, and to which he here bids an elegiac adieu.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The trouble is that Jackson can’t make it mean very much: when every life on Middle Earth is seemingly at stake, few individually grab our attention.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

The final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.


Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

Luckily, Jackson’s singular talent for massive-scale mayhem hasn’t deserted him, and the hour-long smackdown that crowns the film gives him ample opportunities to indulge it.

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