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Thorin and Company have reached Lake-town and it is time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. If Bilbo and the others are able to gain the treasure, will they be able to keep it? And will they discover what has become of the wizard Gandalf?

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Release date: Dec 13, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
 
Official website: http://www.thehobbit.com
 
Runtime: 161 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    Bilbo, as played by Freeman, suggests a sly-dog Dana Carvey without irony, and he is certainly overmatched, but that doesn't mean he's outplayed. Desolation is now his business. ...read more

  • 90
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Smaug is different: a really good movie, superior to the first in that it brings its characters to rambunctious life. ...read more

  • 88
    RogerEbert.com - by Sheila O'Malley
    The thematic elements are in place, the emotional tension is highly strung, and the action unfolds in a wave like the fire erupting from the dragon's mouth, overtaking all in its path. ...read more

  • 83
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Most middle movies in a trilogy simply mark time. Not this one. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    By the time the beast spreads his wings to full span, soaring skyward toward a vaguely Spielbergian moon, you’re in the kind of breathless awe that so few current cinematic superproductions are able to provide. ...read more

  • 80
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    Sure, all the studios offer anymore are big, dumb adventure spectacles, but that's not a knock against the achievement of this one, which at least parades wonders before us, not the least being the greatest dragon in the history of movies. ...read more

  • 80
    Total Film - by Matt Maytum
    Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles, The Desolation Of Smaug nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon. ...read more

  • 80
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly conjures up that genial quality that distinguishes The Hobbit from the more solemn Rings stories. ...read more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    The best of The Desolation of Smaug is saved for the last, when Bilbo goes to steal from the massive fire-breathing dragon, Smaug. The orange-eyed beast is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who, through a sludge of voice-altering electronics, seethes and preens between fiery exhalations; this scene is one of the few occasions in the film where anyone actually takes time to talk. ...read more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    Second verse, same as the first, a little bit shorter and a little less worse. ...read more

  • 75
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    That dragon represents the best and worst things about the film. He’s terrifying yet slightly droll. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    At its best, Hobbit 2, which carries the subtitle The Desolation of Smaug, invites comparisons to Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" threesome. ...read more

  • 75
    Tampa Bay Times - by Colette Bancroft
    Never mind the dwarves and elves and wizards — maybe even the hobbit. The star of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the dragon. ...read more

  • 75
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    The second part of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy goes a long way — and at 2 1/2 hours, I do mean long — toward righting the wrongs of the first movie, which was even longer. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Even though “Smaug” moves at a faster pace than the first part of the journey, it feels overlong. I still feel this whole Hobbit tale could have been told in one great, three-hour movie. ...read more

  • 75
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Look for Jackson’s cameo in the opening, which sets the tone. Call it another visual triumph for New Zealand’s vision of Middle Earth. ...read more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    My advice to "Hobbit" fans is not only to see this one, but to see it as I did, in 3-D projected at the normal rate of 24 frames per second. The film will also be shown in what's called High Frame Rate 3-D, at 48 frames a second, but that made the last installment look more like video than a regular movie. Smaug is scary enough without a turbo boost. ...read more

  • 70
    Arizona Republic - by Kerry Lengel
    For fantasy fans who have dreamed all their lives of spending time inside Tolkien’s dazzling alternative reality, it’s a ride well worth taking. ...

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    Jackson's latest go at Tolkien's treasured "Hobbit" story gets closer to that rich alchemy of fantasy, adventure, imagination and emotion that made his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy such a triumph. ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills. ...read more

  • 67
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    Some of the dwarves have nice individual moments, namely Balin (Ken Stott), Bofur (James Nesbitt), and Kili (Aidan Turner), and Gandalf gets to throw some potent magic around at Dol Guldur. But other than that (and the dragon itself), The Desolation of Smaug turns to be more of too much of a good thing. ...read more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    This Hobbit is, in other words, a much more eventful affair than its year-old predecessor. And yet for all the fine spectacle Jackson crams into his lengthy sequel-within-a-prequel, it’s still hard not to mourn the single, self-contained movie that could have been. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it's at least eight minutes better - less twee, less chatty, more action, more Elvish. ...read more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    There are things to like about the second Hobbit film - the director's vision of Middle Earth is as beguiling as ever - but the bloating that was a problem with An Unexpected Journey is an even bigger issue here. ...read more

  • 60

  • 60
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    There are, once again, too many busy, uninterestingly staged battles that lean heavily on obvious, sometimes distracting digital sorcery. But there are also pacific, brooding interludes in which the actors — notably Mr. Freeman, an intensely appealing screen presence — remind you that there’s more to Middle-earth than clamor and struggle. ...

  • 60
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    Much of the bloat is still there, but The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in the Hobbit trilogy, is a real improvement – filled with inventive action set pieces and dramatic face-offs that we (finally, at long last, hallelujah!) care about. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    The cast, including Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly as warrior elves, is also excellent (though we don’t get even a glimpse of Andy Serkis’ Gollum). And individually, each escapade does hold its own thrills. ...read more

  • 60
    Film.com - by Eric D. Snider
    It’s merely somewhat better than last year’s meandering dud — a slight improvement on a movie that should have been pretty easy to improve upon. ...read more

  • 55
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    This all essentially serves to distract from the fact that all that really happens in the film is that the company manages to eventually reach the mountain. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory. ...read more

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    We were promised desolation, but “The Hobbit” just keeps dragon on. ...read more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Jackson has become too distracted by his digital toys to give his characters the same weight and importance he used in the Rings trilogy. ...read more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by R. Kurt Osenlund
    A once-precious franchise's weakest installment, which forgets these adventures' magic was never conjured by bells and whistles. ...read more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Rodrigo Perez
    The Peter Jackson-directed Hobbit sequel might be the more vigorous, action-packed, darker and more (superficially) engaging version of the series thus far, but that doesn’t actually mean it’s a keeper of any sort. ...read more

  • 40
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    The second leg of Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, is mostly stalling for time: two or three truly great sequences tangled up in long beards and longer pit-stops. ...

  • 38
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    There are probably enough moments to satisfy hard-core fans, but for the rest of us, this amounts to the Middle Earth equivalent of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,’’ a space-holding, empty-headed epic filled with characters and places (digital and otherwise) that are hard to keep straight, much less care about. ...read more

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