4.0

66

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen 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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    TimeRichard Corliss

    Smaug is different: a really good movie, superior to the first in that it brings its characters to rambunctious life.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAlan 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    At its best, Hobbit 2, which carries the subtitle The Desolation of Smaug, invites comparisons to Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" threesome.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin Chang

    This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory.

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