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‘The Hobbit’ Reviews: Evangeline Lilly & Smaug Make A Superior Sequel

Fri, December 13, 2013 10:08am EDT by 1 Comment
Orlando Bloom In The Hobbit
Courtesy of New Line Cinema

The second installment of Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘The Desolation Of Smaug,’ finally hit theaters on Dec. 13. The nation’s top critics have weighed in, and the consensus seems to be that the addition of Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom’s elves and Benedict Cumberbatch’s menacing dragon make ‘Smaug’ a much better film than its predecessor.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the middle child of Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth trilogy, and it’s facing a lot of pressure since the first film, An Unexpected Journey, didn’t quite make waves in the moviegoing community. But the reviews are in for Smaug, and most seem to agree that the sequel has a lot more heart (and fire-breathing action!) than the first film. Read below to find out what the critics had to say!

So, what does Hollywood have to say about the film? HollywoodLife swept the interwebs to find out, and most of the nation’s top critics seem to agree that The Desolation of Smaug is much better than its predecessor — and not only because Orlando Bloom is back! 


“Romance may not be what fans of this fantasy franchise want, but it’s a blessing for the rest of us. In a movie driven mostly by kabillion-dollar special effects, it’s nice to feel a human emotion… As for the romance, it blossoms bashfully between the willowy elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and the just-tall-enough dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). Human or not, they’re a nice break from the thunderous fantasy cliches of The Hobbit.”

Hollywood Reporter

“Nearly everything about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug represents an improvement over the first installment of Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved creation.”

The Wrap

“It’s triumphantly engaging in a way that rivals Jackson’s magnificent Two Towers — and best of all, it makes you eager to see the next film in a way that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey didn’t. Powerful and provocative, The Desolation of Smaug not only surpasses its predecessor but also stands on its own; where Journey took material audiences thought they knew and made it feel foreign, this one creates a uniquely original experience that also feels securely familiar.”


“After a bumpy beginning with An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy finds its footing in this much more exciting and purposeful second chapter.”

The Village Voice

“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.”

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is The Hobbit your precious, or will you be skipping this one altogether?

— Shaunna Murphy

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