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What did you think of...The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

Dec. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth yet again with THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, the second part of his trilogy to J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel (and appendices). After a somewhat lukewarm reception to the first chapter, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, the second chapter seems to promise a darker tone with a heavier dose of action and of course, the reveal of the dragon himself, Smaug (as voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). We've posted our reviews from JimmyO and Chris Bumbray, as well as a wide array of posters, trailers, TV spots, production blogs, and even a music video for the film, so if you're still not caught up on all things Hobbit, then take a peek.

Now that you've had another visit to Middle Earth, let's here what YOU thought of the film! POST YOUR OWN REVIEW in our strike back section below (or to your Movie Fan Central profile) and we'll continue to update the Rotten Tomatoes and MFC reviews over the next few days as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 137 reviews, avg score: 74%

Movie Fan Central: 6 reviews, avg score: 8.3/10

Extra Tidbit: Did this second chapter get you more or less excited for the finale next year?
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10:34AM on 12/16/2013
Loved it. The best one. Tauriel was a welcome addition. The story needed a female presence. Peter Jackson did a wonderful job.
Loved it. The best one. Tauriel was a welcome addition. The story needed a female presence. Peter Jackson did a wonderful job.
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8:02AM on 12/16/2013
Incredible. The action sequences were some of the best yet. Really looking forward to the next one.
Incredible. The action sequences were some of the best yet. Really looking forward to the next one.
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8:25PM on 12/15/2013
It was a better, more well rounded feature than the first 'Hobbit' film (which it should be noted, I preferred to 'Fellowship'). Luke Evans stole the show for me, he was great.
It was a better, more well rounded feature than the first 'Hobbit' film (which it should be noted, I preferred to 'Fellowship'). Luke Evans stole the show for me, he was great.
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12:45AM on 12/15/2013
Such a great film. I enjoyed the hell out of it. The way they ended got me excited for the last one. The credit music was fantastic.
Such a great film. I enjoyed the hell out of it. The way they ended got me excited for the last one. The credit music was fantastic.
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10:56PM on 12/14/2013

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

Jackson did what he does best. He took a great story and made another great movie. Much like all the previous Middle-Earth movies, there were a great many things that were not in the books but as usual captured a greater essence of the book than most movies produced based on books. In the Tolkien Middle-Earth world there is so much lore and detail that much of it will forever remain in the literature. A fair amount sneaks into the movies and as a fan of both, it's very comforting that those
Jackson did what he does best. He took a great story and made another great movie. Much like all the previous Middle-Earth movies, there were a great many things that were not in the books but as usual captured a greater essence of the book than most movies produced based on books. In the Tolkien Middle-Earth world there is so much lore and detail that much of it will forever remain in the literature. A fair amount sneaks into the movies and as a fan of both, it's very comforting that those details are not lost to Mr. Jackson.
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7:11PM on 12/14/2013

epic fun

It was a long epic fun time at the movies.Nothing more left to say really except that smaug kicked ass and i definitely can't wait to see how it all ends with the next chapter.
It was a long epic fun time at the movies.Nothing more left to say really except that smaug kicked ass and i definitely can't wait to see how it all ends with the next chapter.
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6:57PM on 12/14/2013
Everything about this movie was done right in my opinion. The acting, the effects, the back drops, and even the props were done brilliantly resulting a flawless delivery. I just wish there was more to it than just what was there at the end. I wonder just how much extras will be with this on dvd and if there will be an extended addition. At times it seemed extremely rushed with the frantic pace but in the long run it definately proved to be a winner. I doubt this will be an oscar contender but
Everything about this movie was done right in my opinion. The acting, the effects, the back drops, and even the props were done brilliantly resulting a flawless delivery. I just wish there was more to it than just what was there at the end. I wonder just how much extras will be with this on dvd and if there will be an extended addition. At times it seemed extremely rushed with the frantic pace but in the long run it definately proved to be a winner. I doubt this will be an oscar contender but in my opinion its already proven to be a real cult classic.
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12:29PM on 12/14/2013
I thought it was great, I liked it even better than 'An Unexpected Journey'. It's a solid 8 out of 10 for me.
I thought it was great, I liked it even better than 'An Unexpected Journey'. It's a solid 8 out of 10 for me.
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12:49AM on 12/14/2013

Meh.

I do not think Peter Jackson knows what editing entails.
I do not think Peter Jackson knows what editing entails.
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10:19PM on 12/13/2013
It was a lot better than the first film, which I honestly felt was very much a drag. The barrel sequence is one of the best action scenes in recent memory and I think the film works as a creature feature pretty well, what with how good the Mirkwood Spiders looked. The scale of it was just gargantuan and that definitely was helped by seeing it in IMAX. I really like how much personality Smaug was given, the way the dragon moved and snarled, and the combination of Cumberbatch's performance with
It was a lot better than the first film, which I honestly felt was very much a drag. The barrel sequence is one of the best action scenes in recent memory and I think the film works as a creature feature pretty well, what with how good the Mirkwood Spiders looked. The scale of it was just gargantuan and that definitely was helped by seeing it in IMAX. I really like how much personality Smaug was given, the way the dragon moved and snarled, and the combination of Cumberbatch's performance with the brilliant animation work. I'm also not really a fan of Luke Evans' acting but I think he did pretty well here. Also, that Peter Jackson cameo was pretty funny, the way he bit into that chicken leg or whatever it was.
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6:51PM on 12/14/2013
That was a carrot. I know that crunch anywhere.
That was a carrot. I know that crunch anywhere.
6:01AM on 12/15/2013
I think you're right; thanks!
I think you're right; thanks!
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9:47PM on 12/13/2013
Thought it was excellent. I still think that there are things that could be done, like cutting out much of the stuff that didn't have to do with the main adventure, but overall, I thought it was great. Smaug was excellent and worth the price of admission alone.
Thought it was excellent. I still think that there are things that could be done, like cutting out much of the stuff that didn't have to do with the main adventure, but overall, I thought it was great. Smaug was excellent and worth the price of admission alone.
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8:35PM on 12/13/2013
I thought the film was amazing from start to finish. Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, and Lee Pace made for great new additions to this already fantastic cast of characters and Benedict Cumberbatch was spot on as Smaug and the design of the dragon was scary as hell.

The ending though was such a kick in the balls. Will be anticipating There and Back again with MUCH MUCH anticipation.
I thought the film was amazing from start to finish. Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, and Lee Pace made for great new additions to this already fantastic cast of characters and Benedict Cumberbatch was spot on as Smaug and the design of the dragon was scary as hell.

The ending though was such a kick in the balls. Will be anticipating There and Back again with MUCH MUCH anticipation.
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8:11PM on 12/13/2013
LoTR is my favorite set of films of all time, so obviously I loved it. That being said, it's very different from any other LoTR movie, including "An Unexpected Journey", that makes it feel a bit disjointed from the rest of the series. The score doesn't have that signature theme this time around and there are a lot of scenes made purely for 3D audiences, which is always a bummer. Smaug was frightening and awesome, and made up for the lack of Gollum. Overall, it's an amazing movie, but I still
LoTR is my favorite set of films of all time, so obviously I loved it. That being said, it's very different from any other LoTR movie, including "An Unexpected Journey", that makes it feel a bit disjointed from the rest of the series. The score doesn't have that signature theme this time around and there are a lot of scenes made purely for 3D audiences, which is always a bummer. Smaug was frightening and awesome, and made up for the lack of Gollum. Overall, it's an amazing movie, but I still liked "An Unexpected Journey" just a little bit more.
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8:00PM on 12/13/2013
Cant wait for the thirddd
Cant wait for the thirddd
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7:29PM on 12/13/2013
It was good but not as good as the first one. The stuff they added was stupid and unnecessary. I liked Evangeline Lily in Lost but she made a terrible elf.
It was good but not as good as the first one. The stuff they added was stupid and unnecessary. I liked Evangeline Lily in Lost but she made a terrible elf.
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12:10AM on 12/14/2013
I thought she was amazing, personally.
I thought she was amazing, personally.
7:21PM on 12/13/2013
Uuuugggghhh. Sunday can't arrive soon enough . . .
Uuuugggghhh. Sunday can't arrive soon enough . . .
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6:17PM on 12/13/2013

Too much of a good thing?

I liked it, but it seems that PJ is overcompensating for the feedback received from Pt.1. It was almost too much, certainly too much in the way of CGI, but maybe too much in general. The barrel sequence was incredible but I felt like they went over-the-top with the end set piece (Smaug), in trying string out the series to fit three films.
Surprisingly, I thought the first movie was better and more true to Tolkein's vision. BEORN was amazing and I loved Tauriel, even as a Hobbit purist.
Bring
I liked it, but it seems that PJ is overcompensating for the feedback received from Pt.1. It was almost too much, certainly too much in the way of CGI, but maybe too much in general. The barrel sequence was incredible but I felt like they went over-the-top with the end set piece (Smaug), in trying string out the series to fit three films.
Surprisingly, I thought the first movie was better and more true to Tolkein's vision. BEORN was amazing and I loved Tauriel, even as a Hobbit purist.
Bring in the third!!!
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6:15PM on 12/13/2013

Loved it.

As the Lord of the Rings trilogy was my childhood, I go into The Hobbit movies with lower expectations. That being said, I loved unexpected journey and I liked the desolation of smaug even more! These films are a different beast and I think they are a lot of fun. The set pieces in this one were fantastic. I saw it in the 48 fps 3d and thought for the most part it was beautiful to look at. Certain scenes are kinda iffy but I guess on a whole I was fine with it. My problem with this is the same
As the Lord of the Rings trilogy was my childhood, I go into The Hobbit movies with lower expectations. That being said, I loved unexpected journey and I liked the desolation of smaug even more! These films are a different beast and I think they are a lot of fun. The set pieces in this one were fantastic. I saw it in the 48 fps 3d and thought for the most part it was beautiful to look at. Certain scenes are kinda iffy but I guess on a whole I was fine with it. My problem with this is the same as the first. Cgi orcs are a buzz kill. However it looked a lot better this time, than unexpected journey but it still kinda takes me out of the movie. Smaug was fantastic however. He looked great and sounded perfect. The new cast members were on point and it was awesome seeing Legolas back and kicking ass. Had a blast at this movie and will end up seeing it again I'm sure. Maybe I'll try the 2d tho just to see.
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4:04PM on 12/13/2013

A stunning visual spectacle

First things first the movie has a much faster pace than An Unexpected Journey and destroys it with the set-pieces. What people desperately need to realize is that The Desolation of Smaug is not the second part in a film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit, its the second part in a a series based off of that novel as well as The Appendices of The Lord of the Rings and entirely new material. The Hobbit, for as wonderfully earnest and gorgeous as it is, is little more than a
First things first the movie has a much faster pace than An Unexpected Journey and destroys it with the set-pieces. What people desperately need to realize is that The Desolation of Smaug is not the second part in a film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit, its the second part in a a series based off of that novel as well as The Appendices of The Lord of the Rings and entirely new material. The Hobbit, for as wonderfully earnest and gorgeous as it is, is little more than a whimsical childrens tale that opens up the imagination and plays against the light-heated wonderment of visiting a new world. Its a stark contrast to the dark thematic elements of Tolkiens more famous follow-up The Lord of the Rings, and those changes are drastically evident while reading both novels back to back. Since Peter Jackson brought the film versions to life in the opposite order in which Tolkien brought us the text he is now in a predicament in which a faithful adaptation is no longer an option.

All in all with the new additions to the story and the tweaks to the source material I thought it was an incredibly entertaining entry in the series. I again thought that there was too much CGI like the last movie but unfortunately with the miniature unit from LOTR gone we'll just have to get used to it here and in part three. Still, none of that deters from the movie as a whole IMO and that ending was too good for words.
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3:48PM on 12/13/2013
it reminded me of empire strikes back...i loved it
it reminded me of empire strikes back...i loved it
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3:09PM on 12/13/2013
Great movie, far better than the first. Nothing to complain about here!
Great movie, far better than the first. Nothing to complain about here!
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3:04PM on 12/13/2013

Pure Excitement!

A non-stop insane and wild adventure into some of the deepest and darkness places of Middle Earth yet. The Hobbit series now has a pulse, with a wicked heartbeat pumping throughout it's 2 hour and 40 minute length. Even at 2 hours and 40 minutes, you did not want it to end.
A non-stop insane and wild adventure into some of the deepest and darkness places of Middle Earth yet. The Hobbit series now has a pulse, with a wicked heartbeat pumping throughout it's 2 hour and 40 minute length. Even at 2 hours and 40 minutes, you did not want it to end.
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2:53PM on 12/13/2013
Better then the first and less bloated at times
Better then the first and less bloated at times
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2:14PM on 12/13/2013
I saw it in 2D, had a great time and didn't want it to end. I still want to check it out on 3D 48fps for sheer curiosity since the shots in water and fire seemed like it could work very well. It's annoying how it ended only because of it's complete abruptness, and I also found the score not very memorable. Cannot wait for There and Back Again!
I saw it in 2D, had a great time and didn't want it to end. I still want to check it out on 3D 48fps for sheer curiosity since the shots in water and fire seemed like it could work very well. It's annoying how it ended only because of it's complete abruptness, and I also found the score not very memorable. Cannot wait for There and Back Again!
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2:03PM on 12/13/2013

The Hobbit is about the Hobbit?.....It sure doesn't seem like it anymore.

It seems as though he's just a side character.
It seems as though he's just a side character.
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3:05PM on 12/13/2013
The same can be said about "The Two Towers"
The same can be said about "The Two Towers"
3:05PM on 12/13/2013
Is "The Lord of The Rings" about Sauron?
Is "The Lord of The Rings" about Sauron?
4:08PM on 12/13/2013
Do you have any idea how boring a movie centered ONLY on Bilbo Baggins would be? His arc is fantastic and as a character he's very interesting but how much more time do you need to spend with him? You argue that he was relegated to a side character when I thought this movie showcased him even more than the first one did. He was fleshed out even further with the additions of "the ring calling to him" and he FAR AND AWAY gets the most screen time.
Do you have any idea how boring a movie centered ONLY on Bilbo Baggins would be? His arc is fantastic and as a character he's very interesting but how much more time do you need to spend with him? You argue that he was relegated to a side character when I thought this movie showcased him even more than the first one did. He was fleshed out even further with the additions of "the ring calling to him" and he FAR AND AWAY gets the most screen time.
5:59PM on 12/13/2013
Seriously people? Obviously the "Lord of the Rings" isn't about Sauron, but I think "The Fellowship of the Ring" is about the Fellowship and how they come together. I think "The Two Towers" is about how the Fellowship deals with breaking apart and how they deal with the dual threats from the two towers. I think "The Return of the King" is about how Gondor's true king actually returns. It's despicable that "The Hobbit" isn't even about the actual Hobbit anymore. That's the side effect of
Seriously people? Obviously the "Lord of the Rings" isn't about Sauron, but I think "The Fellowship of the Ring" is about the Fellowship and how they come together. I think "The Two Towers" is about how the Fellowship deals with breaking apart and how they deal with the dual threats from the two towers. I think "The Return of the King" is about how Gondor's true king actually returns. It's despicable that "The Hobbit" isn't even about the actual Hobbit anymore. That's the side effect of shoehorning every LotR reference and trying to desperately connect EVERYTHING with the previous trilogy...the main character of the Hobbit gets thrown to the side in favor of everything else. I don't understand how people can defend this.
6:29PM on 12/13/2013
miguel_montes....LOTR didn't have Sauron ad the main character, so your reply is idiotic.
miguel_montes....LOTR didn't have Sauron ad the main character, so your reply is idiotic.
8:17PM on 12/13/2013
It wouldn't be boring, JohnLocke2342 if the movie was only based on the book.
It wouldn't be boring, JohnLocke2342 if the movie was only based on the book.
9:45PM on 12/13/2013
And if it stuck with him, we wouldn't have anything for the final film because he passes out at the end of the book and we never see the battle. Which would be boring. There's plenty of Bilbo in the film. I would even say there's enough of him. I agree, it would be a boring film if it was just Bilbo. He's really not THAT interesting of a character. Half of what makes these films great are the many races and various characters we get to meet and explore. It's part of the discovery of Middle
And if it stuck with him, we wouldn't have anything for the final film because he passes out at the end of the book and we never see the battle. Which would be boring. There's plenty of Bilbo in the film. I would even say there's enough of him. I agree, it would be a boring film if it was just Bilbo. He's really not THAT interesting of a character. Half of what makes these films great are the many races and various characters we get to meet and explore. It's part of the discovery of Middle Earth.
10:07PM on 12/13/2013
Freeden...Bilbo passes out, but the the battle is still talked about, so we would see it. The movie wouldn't have to follow Bilbo 24/7, just follow what's in the book....How are you not getting that?
Freeden...Bilbo passes out, but the the battle is still talked about, so we would see it. The movie wouldn't have to follow Bilbo 24/7, just follow what's in the book....How are you not getting that?
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1:41PM on 12/13/2013
I loved the end when the hobbits corvette turned into a flying car WOW!!
I loved the end when the hobbits corvette turned into a flying car WOW!!
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1:27PM on 12/13/2013

I dug it. 48fps is still garbage though.

I think the only reason people are like "HFR is better this time" is because you know what to expect.

And that ending. WAT. WAT. WAAAAAAAAAAAT?????
I literally yelled 'What???' 'NO!' when the credits came up. This is going to be such a year of blue-balls waiting for There and Back Again to nut.
I think the only reason people are like "HFR is better this time" is because you know what to expect.

And that ending. WAT. WAT. WAAAAAAAAAAAT?????
I literally yelled 'What???' 'NO!' when the credits came up. This is going to be such a year of blue-balls waiting for There and Back Again to nut.
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1:23PM on 12/13/2013
I had a great freaking time. I saw it last night and the "barrel roll" during the river sequence got a huge reaction from my audience. With like 20 or so minutes left to go, I kept thinking that I didn't want it to end. It ended at such a good point too.
I had a great freaking time. I saw it last night and the "barrel roll" during the river sequence got a huge reaction from my audience. With like 20 or so minutes left to go, I kept thinking that I didn't want it to end. It ended at such a good point too.
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3:17PM on 12/13/2013
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12:17PM on 12/13/2013
I like it. It's better than the first one. The action scenes were awesome to watch. But titular scene towards the end felt like that overlong dwarves meeting at Bilbo's house in the first Hobbit movie. And the way it ended...
I like it. It's better than the first one. The action scenes were awesome to watch. But titular scene towards the end felt like that overlong dwarves meeting at Bilbo's house in the first Hobbit movie. And the way it ended...
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12:13PM on 12/13/2013
I liked it.
I liked it.
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