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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage) continue east. More dangers await them, including the skin-changer Beorn and the giant spiders of Milkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood Elves, Bilbo and the dwarves journey to Lake-town and, finally, to the Lonely Mountain, where they face the greatest danger of all: the fearsome dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).


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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Terrible movie. I'm not even sure why they're calling these movies the Hobbit anymore. It might as well be a completely different story.

    Did the new white orc in the first movie annoy you? Yes? Well good, because now you have another one. The first one is busy with something else so they introduced another orc boss to harass the characters through the whole movie. Now you have two white orcs to be annoyed by.

    Fancy totally unnecessary romances that never happened? Wonderful. Get ready for an elf and a dwarf to fall in love.

    Couldn't get enough of Legolas surfing while in combat? Get ready for him to surf on an orc body down some stairs and do ballet on top of dwarf heads as he floats down a river killing orcs. Don't worry though, Legolas doesn't have all the fun. One dwarf in a barrel becomes a ball in a pinball machine and bounces off like twenty orcs knocking them all down before the barrel lands and the dwarf turns into some spinning armored barrel of death with axes.

    How about that dragon? He lives in a mountain that might as well be Scrooge McDuck's money vault with all the gold it has inside of it. The dragon has no problem finding an invisible hobbit but has an immensely hard time finding a group of dwarves that are sneaking through his lair even though the Dragon walks right on top of them. And you get to listen to about 45 minutes of the dragon talking to them all about how he's going to kill them.

    Terrible movie. Just read the book and forget these even exist.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Wow this was an entertaining movie in parts, but it's too long, and honestly I'm having a hard time distinguishing these Hobbit/LOTR movies one from the next, and so I've become a bit jaded.

    Greasy long haired British accents battle ridiculously hideous muscle dogs who walk and growl and ride giant wolves.

    Plus a dragon who must eat and poop gold coins for sustenance, who breathes pleasant fire that never burns anyone, and then gets gilded by a melting king statue but still can fly.

    Then there's an unreliable wizard who goes into the heart of trouble just to be able to declare unequivocally that the bad guys are bad and getting worse.

    Many Important Allegories emanate like the issue with the precious ring causing craziness except in Bilbo's case it doesn't. And we even have a budding romance between an elf and a dwarf sort of teaching us in the 1930's that the Brits and French should get along better with each other to prevent the evil German orc nazis from world domination.

    It's over the top huge budget filmmaking and it's fun in some spots (e.g. the barrels down the river), but it feels like the same exact movie now over and over again.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    The Hobbit 2 was very entertaining. I love movies that have intriguing stories behind it. Though it didn't follow the book 100% of the time, I still loved how the story developed and the fact that the movie ended making you want to watch the third movie even more. There were some very compelling scenes that showed Bilbo realizing how the ring was changing him. I LOVE THOSE MOMENTS IN MOVIES! Overall, The Desolation of Smaug is a must see. Battle scenes were exciting and the graphics were spectacular. I give this movie a thumbs up.

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  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie dragged on and on for me. Too much of the same thing (running, fighting, orc, etc.) over and over. This movie lacks real character devolopment, probably because of the excess of spectacle. Personally, not my type of movie.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Peter Jackson has done to The Hobbit what George Lucas did to Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars. Turn up the special effects, the downright silly action, and add content only a 6 year old would enjoy while marginalizing the story and you pretty much have both The Hobbit and Star Wars 1-3. The only real difference is that Peter Jackson puts A LOT more violence into the movie, which is why I have this one rated 15+. Don't bother, and if you absolutely must see it ... wait for Netflix/Redbox/Amazon.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Awesome film, told a great back story to better tell the Lord of the Rings story. Awesome prequel and kept the movie flowing. Well worth the time to go.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    My daughter and I got to go see this last night, and we loved it. I squeezed her arm several times during the movie because it was so intense. I'm a Lord of the Rings nut, anyway, so of course I had to see the 2nd installment of The Hobbit. Incredible special effects, and attention to detail, it was just mesmerizing. I cannot wait until the 3rd installment!

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Just awful.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Only Peter Jackson can take one book and taffy pull it into 3 movies. The second installment is very similar to the first movie. It has scenes of our heroic group running across fields in impending danger inter-cut with set locations that as Peter Jacksons' movies continue become more predictable over time. If you want an escape and can sit through the 2.5 hours with joy this movie is fantastic. With scenes like a dwarf water ride that is as funny as it is exciting, and an opportunity to finally see the dragon. On the other hand if you are a Hobbit purest you may want to skip it. The Dwarf - Elf hinted romance is too much for many. I myself thought it was good not great, it was special effects and a fun story. I enjoyed it, but could have waited until it hit the cheap seats.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    We were very impressed with the second installment of this trilogy. You couldn't ask for a better director than Peter Jackson to continue everyone's nerdy adventure through Middle Earth.

    Obviously, there are plenty of violence and gore with the wars and orcs/goblins. There are frightening characters that could cause some issues for younger kids, thus the 13+ rating from us. I don't think it's any more frightening than any of the other LOTR/Hobbit films. So, if you allow your children to watch them, they could handle this one.

    Will definitely add this to our collection of all the extended versions once it come out.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought the second movie was a lot more crisp and had a lot of action than the first Hobbit movie. Martin Freeman is a great Bilbo Baggins, his expressions and acting are top notch. The barrel scene in the river is well worth a watch and your time. The ending is a bit a sudden and is a classic cliff hanger knowing there is a third sequel to come helps to accept it better.

    The violence is the same level as the Lord of the Ring movies and the first Hobbit movie.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Movie Review Maven:
    Movie Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition

    Grade: B+

    In a Nutshell: Fill up your popcorn buckets early folks…this is a long movie. It feels good to be back in Middle Earth. According to the Associated Press, it looks like everyone was willing to spend Christmas with The Hobbit . The second part of The Hobbit trilogy won the weekend box office, bringing in $29.9 million over three days. Tried and true fans of the Lord of the Rings have been supporting the Hobbit’s story, although most will admit this second trilogy isn’t quite as novel or spell-binding as the first. (Terrible puns intended.)

    Bilbo Baggins (the terrific Martin Freeman) continues his journey with thirteen Dwarves and Gandalf the Grey (beloved Ian McKellan) to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor within the grand mountain. You can’t blame Director Peter Jackson for trying to cash in on a proven hit. Did you know Pan’s Labryinth’s Guillermo del Toro was one of the writers?

    Uplifting theme: Good vs. evil. Light vs. darkness. Courage vs. cowardice. In the first Hobbit movie, Bilbo was so frightened by the idea of a quest that he fainted. With each progressing film, Bilbo develops heroic qualities and reveals hidden reserves of inner strength. Mankind, and perhaps even WWI England, may be whom Tolkien wanted to inspire to greatness. Epic literature often features swords with names to show the bravery of the holder, so it is fitting that as Bilbo’s courage grows, he names his short sword that killed the spiders “Sting.”

    Things I liked: The dragon was amazing. I loved how you could see the fire building beneath his throat and belly before he roared with flames. Very cool. It gives real meaning to their expression “the flames of war.” The barrel scene was whimsical and action-packed, albeit cheesy and not as polished as the rest of the CGI in the film. You can see individual hairs blowing in the wind in the 3D version of the High Frame Rate. At first, the 48 frames per second feels odd to the senses, but the quality is amazing. I love the simmering Smaug played expertly by Benedict Cumberbatch.

    We learn another trick the ring can do: it allows Bilbo to understand what the giant spiders are saying. Ick. Fans of Lost will be happy to see Canadian beauty Evangeline Lilly take to the screen as Tauriel, one of the many new characters that don’t exist in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original book.

    Things I didn’t like: I tried to read The Hobbit when I was in college and shamefully admit I just couldn’t get into it. While I loved The Lord of the Rings, there is something missing in this Hobbit trilogy. I confess that I was completely exhausted when I watched this film, so I don’t know if it was that or because the movie was dragging that caused me to doze off a time or two.

    What happened to sexy, playful Legolas? He was angry and moody throughout the entire movie. Poor Orlando Bloom. Have you noticed that Orcs never walk, but are constantly running at a wicked pace?

    Humans are always so greasy and dirty in these films, have you noticed? The Master of Laketown’s assistant had some “ripe” zits that were incredibly disgusting to look at. Gandolf’s only power (although effective) was to slam down his staff and bring evil-destroying light. Other than that, he was fleeing on a horse or running…it would be nice if he could contribute more magic to get everyone out of their never-ending dangerous predicaments.

    Funny lines:

    “What is that?” “Our host!”
    “Did he offer you a deal?” “I did. I told him he could #$%!#$.” (We assume that’s some kind of profanity in Dwarf lingo.)

    Insightful quotes:

    “When did we allow evil to become stronger than us?” - Tauriel
    “Do not think that flattery will keep you alive.” - Dragon
    “What have we done?” - Bilbo
    “He cannot see beyond his own desire.” - Bard the Bowman
    “Such is the nature of evil. In time all foul things come forth.” - Legolas

    Things to look for:

    The comical self-portrait and statue of Stephen Fry as Master of Laketown
    Speaking of Laketown…did you notice Stephen Colbert in the movie?! He played a Laketown spy and was invited by Peter Jackson who declared him the king of Lord of the Ring geeks. Rumor has it he may in the third installment as well.
    I know a guy in real life who looks just like the handsome Aidan Turner who plays Kili. He’s an inspiring artist who makes super cool t-shirt designs at www.BeamingDownPeace.com He’s in the 3rd & 6th photo on the “Us” page. There’s a shout-out for ya Nick!
    Stunning black & white horses towards the beginning of the film
    Cool transformation scene when the “Skin Changer” turns into a human
    The Prancing Pony from Lord of the Rings at the beginning of the film
    Beautiful, long Elf locks. Someone from Loreal needs to make an Elf a spokes model
    A quick peek at what a woman Dwarf and baby Dwarf look like in the photo inside the necklace. Look fast!
    The rock that looks like Rodin’s famous “The Thinker” just outside a cave

    Tips for parents: Lots of fighting and some scary scenes with spiders, Orcs, fiery dragon, and other creepy creatures.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Are you ready for a roller coaster review? Here we go!
    The movie was long and I wanted an intermission. It could help if I was on a couch and I was on really nice seats for it. There are some features that are not in the book. If you have not read the book you should read the book. The movie has a cliffhanger at the end because they decided to make three movies out of one book. If you can't handle cliffhangers wait until the next movie comes out. Just think of the pause as that needed intermission. With that being said the pace of this movie was much better than the first one. It should make you excited for the next movie. If you have a problem with it, then boycott it. Good luck with that. The movie was well done and yes some things were added that make J.R.R. Tolkien fans vomit in their mouths. But we watch because it is well done and the changes you really can live with. Besides you don't really have a choice of a well done movie(s) of The Hobbit.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The pacing was better than the first Hobbit movie. I have a habit of dozing off in The Hobbit and in The Lord of the Rings movies, and I did again in this movie. The dwarves are a good comedic relief. I haven't read the book so I didn't mind the things that don't match up. My biggest complaint... movies shouldn't be over two hours long. I teach theatre and most plays aren't even as long as this show, and they usually have an intermission. This movie was too long for a book that is already being broken into multiple movies.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ |

    If you were hoping Peter Jackson would stay true to the book version of "The Hobbit," you will be disappointed. Even so, it's a fantastic film.

    In an effort to stretch the story into three long movies, he has taken some artistic liberty and added a love story here, another bad guy or two there, as well as other stuff.

    I'm alright with it. I found "The Desolation of Smaug" to be very engaging and entertaining. I like the battle scenes and beheadings (about 3 or 4 orcs lose their heads). The part with the spiders reminded me a little of Jackson's insect scene in "King Kong." I like the long epic story line and look forward to the final movie. I think Jackson is a good filmmaker and storyteller.

    I looked forward to meeting the dragon Smaug and that was one of the more elaborately embellished parts of the film.

    As you consider those thoughts, I would be careful taking little kids to this show. It's somewhat consistent with previous movies by Jackson which contain scary-looking creatures and violent battle scenes. We don't want the kiddos to have nightmares about ugly orcs or otherwise. Great show for the older part of the family.

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  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought they did a great job with the movie. Although it was a bit long, could have cut a little of the dragon episode, but all in all a great family movie. Thanks for the opportunity to view it.

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  • ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Love the Hobbit, the dragoon is a must see on the big screen.

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  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I have no background experience on Tolkien and any of his books, but I was entertained for almost 3 hours. The story did keep me hooked, although the end annoyed me, of course they had to leave us hanging somewhere. I do like watching the effects the ring has on people, in this case, Bilbo. I am also intrigued by the personality of the elves.The violence and gore did make me rate it for kids 14 and older. I couldn't keep count of how many heads and other body parts were chopped in this movie. Which is something I'm not much of fan of. The special effects and action fighting scenes seemed unreal to me, almost like a 3D video game. One of my favorite parts though was the theme song at the end: "I see Fire" by Ed Sheeran. Now that I think of it that caught my attention even more than the movie itself I must admit. :) Hope the next movie ties more lose ends.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    The dragon, ultimately, is the true reason to go watch this. More than the other films, this one deviates from the original book more than all others. But it deviates in a good way for the most part. As usual the plot and characters are all blended together in a great way. CG, music and acting are all great.
    Downsides to this film include increased violence (Mostly against scary monsters).
    Creative decapitations seemed to have been the theme, which is a bit unfortunate. As with the previous film they brought Orlando bloom back as Legolas. They just couldn't pull off making him look as young as he was in the original trilogy. Despite this he played his role well.

    Also, depending on how you look at it, the ending could be good or bad. Lets just say that whereas the other films let you down gently, this one has a very abrupt ending.

    All in all the film is an adventurous ride and quite entertaining. The characters continue to develop and change, as well as the overarching story of the rise of Sauron, leading to the Lord of the Rings.

    I give this a strong PG-13 for strong combat violence and some disturbing imagery. Older teens should be OK with this.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I really wanted to love this show because the first Hobbit movie didn't impress me. After having seen this for the second time, I've come to the realization that it's entertaining but falls short on so many regards. The visuals are fun and spectacular and Smaug is the best dragon I've ever seen in a movie. Cumberbatch did a great job as the voice of Smaug and I also liked Bilbo's performance.

    Now, let me tell you why I struggled with the movie.
    1) Dragon fire apparently doesn't burn Dwarves
    2) Lack of character development. I want to know more about Thorin and what's going on in his mind
    3) Barrel bowling was introduced as a new sport and orcs were the pins.
    4) Why couldn't Gandalf use his magic to undo the concealment on the forest like he did with the Necromancer?

    I could go on but I don't want to ruin anymore of the movie for anyone. Don't get me wrong, I think the movie is worth seeing from the perspective of "I saw the first movie and want to see the second for entertainment." Peter Jackson knows how to entertain people but with this Hobbit series he hasn't produced much on great storytelling.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ |

    The second part of The Hobbit trilogy was not a disappointment, anyone who liked The Lord of The Rings and the first part of The Hobbit will enjoy this as well. However I think that it is a quite a bit bloody and shouldn't be viewed by anyone under ten.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ |

    The filming and effects were amazing in this movie. It is definitely violent though so it's not for the very young. Several heads get chopped off and are seen falling to the ground. The production was great and captivating but definitely for older teens.

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  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    First, a couple of things. 1. The movie was too long. Really. I started to wonder when it was going to end. Never a good sign. 2. If you want the movie to be close to the book, you are going to be sorely disappointed. 3. They should have never split this into three different movies.
    That being said, I did enjoy this movie. I had to view it as being different from the book and so didn't compare the two. The graphics were fantastic and the dragon looked incredible. It left me looking forward to the third movie to see how they wrap everything up. I also enjoyed the action scenes, as cheesy as some of them were.

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    To be sure, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has exciting fight sequences, gorgeous visuals, and spectacle on a grand scale. Smaug, in particular, is marvelous. The film does suffer from being a middle movie, meaning it feels like it’s just a series of events meant to set up the last movie in the series. As with the first one, I wish that director Peter Jackson would exercise a little restraint in his alterations and embellishments, and Tolkien purists will be mightily offended at the changes. Jackson’s excesses in some of the action scenes are particularly eye-roll worthy. Even so, you will be entertained by this film at one part or another... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Don't expect the literary depth or potent themes of Lord of the Rings. This excellent adaptation is based off a 300 page story introducing readers to Middle Earth. While I question the wisdom of turning it into a trilogy, I am blown away by how successfully it is being done. It has required invention and the inclusion of fringe Middle Earth Tolkien lore. Jackson is obviously well-versed in all things Tolkien, and it shows. Even the mood of the film, sometimes silly, sometimes scary, but never too serious, jives with the book.

    Martin Freeman is perfect as Bilbo, and I loved seeing Gandalf and Legolas again.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I think we have to accept that almost all movies based on books must make some changes just to fit the motion picture media. The Hobbit movies are obviously stretched a lot to make three feature length films out of the book. Fortunately, they don't drag. But they are very dark -- more like "The Lord of the Rings" than the simpler children's book "The Hobbit". Count on the violence, gore, and frightening images that were in the previous Peter Jackson movies based on Tolkien lore. However, if we keep our younger children at home reading the book, I can accept this as an adult oriented prequel. It fits that role.

    On a more technological note, we saw the movie in High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D. I think 3D at the standard frame rate is more distracting than beneficial. But HFR made it a nice enhancement. As to whether it's worth the extra price, we decided it was. Your wallet will have to decide that for you.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    this was a great movie.......just don't take your five year old to see it

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    this movie is funny and very entertaining

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    If you liked An Unexpected Journey, then you'll love The Desolation of Smaug. The Hobbit has improved in just about every way.

    The pacing of this film in the trilogy is much faster, in a good way, the action sequences are more suspenseful and the dialogue is a lot easier to digest.

    I found the film to go by much quicker than the first film without flying by. The scenes were more memorable than that of its predecessor as well.

    Even if you didn't like An Unexpected Journey, you should give The Desolation of Smaug a try as it is noticeable improvement.

  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Never has a movie that felt so long ended so abruptly. Still, a truly excellent moviegoing experience, even if one of the action scenes was a little over the top.

  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    I actually liked this movie.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Starte out a little slow but overall a good movie. Spent too much time on the spiders.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Tolkien would not recognize this version as it now is updated for a more mature audience. It is a filler movie trying to be more than it is without any climax. But it is worth seeing if you have seen the first movie, but it is not a stand-alone movie.

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The rich characterizations and emotional resonance of the first Hobbit movie and the Lord of the Rings predecessors, just isn't there... See Full Review

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Love Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. This was a little slow and long but still a great movie - can't wait for the ending.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I liked this movie better than the previous Hobbit, and I am sure I will like the next one more. That is just because the story is progressing and people are starting to reach their full potential. I saw this in 3D and took my 9 year old and 11 year old son. They both loved it also.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Being a fan of The Hobbit book, I loved this movie. It's so much better than the book. I can tell the writers tried to stick to the story as written in the book, but the added scenes and characters really enhance the story of The Hobbit and make it much more interesting.

  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    If you enjoyed Peter Jackson's other Tolkien adaptations, you're probably going to see it anyway. Jackson and his writing partners make some major(depending on your dedication to Tolkien) alterations to the original novel in order to bring the story more in line with the LOTR films, but as someone who re-reads Tolkien's works every other year or so, it didn't bother me too much.
    The titular dragon is worth the price of admission, especially in HFR 3D.

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating |

    I thought the movie was very entertaining and better than the 1st hobbit. I really enjoyed it.

  • MovieGuide.org

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is a stirring, enthralling adventure epic. Though some of the action is repetitious, the movie maintains its passionate heart throughout. SMAUG is a terrific moral tale of courage, restoration, sacrifice, and caring for others. These moral, redemptive themes are brilliantly mixed together. However, the action violence and fight scenes are a little over the top. There are also some scary images. So, strong caution is advised, especially for teenagers and other susceptible viewers... See Full Review

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It seems unlikely that Pope Francis will decide to shatter yet another papal precedent by visiting a multiplex anytime soon. Should he do so, however, he'd probably approve of the underlying themes in director Peter Jackson's lively sequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Warner Bros.)... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first Hobbit. Whereas I didn't want the first to end, this one felt long, and the story didn't seem to go much of anywhere. The love triangle is a bright spot in this installment, as it involves a very beautiful and talented elf, Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly--I thought she looked familiar; she played a character in LOST. This one also seemed more violent, with lots of gore and flying heads.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    great movie, this one helped make more sense of the Lord of the rings.

  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Great effects, fun to watch. There is a lot of stuff not in the book (but we expect that by now, right?) Anyway, there are some pretty gory moments, including decapitations.

  • ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Prior to watching "The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug", I'll admit I didn't really "get" the Hobbit and the LOTR movies. To me, they were all the same. A bunch of strange old characters with British accents marching around on some quest. But I always go see these with my sons soon after the movie opens so that we can spend time doing something together that they really enjoy. Fortunately, we had about a 20-minute drive to get to the theater so I asked my boys to explain the story to me. Once I understood the who, what, when, where and why, I found the movie highly entertaining!

    Obviously, I haven't read the book. So I was surprised when my sons told me that the orcs aren't even in the book. I can see why the filmmakers added them. They add a lot of fear and worry to what would have otherwise been a somewhat boring quest. But I have to laugh that as mean and brutally scary as they are, they manage to lose every battle! Lots of ridiculous things happen in this film that are too impossible to be real, but I guess that's what fictional adventure stories are all about. The filmmaking was exceptional. The acting was top-notch. The movie is pretty long though so make sure everyone uses the restroom before it starts. And my boys agree that it ends with the worst cliff-hanger ever!

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Thought was a little long, but enjoyed the story and action!

  • (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed it overall. I like that there was humor which I appreciated. Some of the movie felt more like a video game. The Hobbits in the barrel's running the river and elves jumping on heads shooting orcs. A little Too much luck in beating the odds.

  • (Female)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Loved it!!

  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Great movie! We loved it!!

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    It's hard to care about the fate of any of these characters when the dwarfs seem so interchangeably played for comic effect. Sure, it's a more whimsical tale than the ambitious, masterly Lord of the Rings trilogy. But when it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory... See Full Review

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    A year ago, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got the job done, but it was too bright and busy and noisy, with creatures that kept popping up as if out of a jack-in-the-box. The Desolation of Smaug is a more grandly somber movie, and also a much better one, with forces of boldly intense and unified malevolence. J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937, on the eve of World War II, and his book is suffused with a sense of evil looming up in the world. This time Jackson nails that tone: the feeling that Bilbo, who's been recruited to steal back a wondrous gem called the Arkenstone from the dragon Smaug, is up against a cosmic storm of black forces... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Bilbo turns tougher and more cunning and “The Hobbit” turns altogether more entertaining in “The Desolation of Smaug,” Peter Jackson’s livelier, funnier and action-packed middle film in his trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s slight delight of a novel... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The intricacy of the detail everywhere you look is more than gorgeous. It lends a timelessness to the story. It tells us that there is a history here, that the people who created these structures intended them to be permanent and beautiful. The fight scenes, staged as well or better than any other this year, are more than graceful violence. They, too, communicate a seriousness of purpose and meaning that these characters bring to their lives — and inspire in ours.
    Parents should know that like the other “Lord of the Rings” films, this one includes intense and sometimes graphic fantasy violence with monsters (dragon, giant spiders), weapons, fights, and constant peril, and characters are injured and killed.


    Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2013/12/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug.html#ixzz2nJuc6NuP... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Ahh… the middle movie. The second installment of a trio offers both benefits and unavoidable problems. The plus is we have been introduced to the characters (okay, I admittedly haven’t read the book) so more time can be spent on developing the personalities of our legions of dwarves and elves… and a very important hobbit. But the downside is the conclusion, mainly because there isn’t one! Instead, think of this film as a big promotional piece leaving you wanting to see what happens next. And, indeed, creator Peter Jackson cuts to black at the very moment you are yearning for more... See Full Review


Okfor ages12+