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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Tolkien tale isn't as great as LOTR, but better for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2012 166 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 51 parent reviews

age 7+

Suitable for kids IMO.

I think they really messed up the hobbit movies in a sense that they could have been a lot better, the book was good after all. They made these movies very "cartoonish" so to speak, and i think they were targeting the kids in the first place, so yes there is violence - but yes it is still suitable for kids, it doesn't get much worse than violence in a comic book or something like that. Although you have to judge on the behalf of your own children, check to movie yourself before trusting me, i don't want to cause traumas by recommending movies for too young kids. LOL at the one who rated this 18+, you can google "The hobbit, dwarf king decapitated" and see that the scene is not nearly as bad it sounds like. The violence does not look realistic at all, the movie if pg-13, and in my opinion can be observed by 7 year old as well, it is way better than letting them play GTA or something that people actually do let their 7 years olds do.
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age 10+

Definitely not as good as the book...

Not as good as the book, but still very good. They did a great job with this movie though some parts didn't go along with the book. Despite the mistakes it is an incredible movie!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (51 ):
Kids say (232 ):

Despite issues with length and pacing, there's no denying this is a production worth seeing, especially with kids new to Tolkien's detailed universe. As a novel, The Hobbit skews younger than The Lord of the Rings, so it's only natural that the film is also more accessible for tweens -- just have them look the other way for a few of the darker battle sequences. The story is simple enough, and the visuals are dazzling (the 48 frames per second rate is neither as spectacular or headache-inducing as rumors would have you believe). The acting is admirable, including the return of our favorite wizard, Gandalf, Lady of Lorien Galadriel, and head elf Elrond (Hugo Weaving). Unfortunately, the dwarves all sort of blend together in a tangle of hair and mischief, with the notable exception of the broody Thorin and his swashbuckling nephews, Fili and Kili (Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner).

The main issue with Jackson's adaptation is that the run time is brutal, even for hardcore fans of Jackson's epic LOTR trilogy. Whereas that trilogy made sense as three separate movies -- considering it was the adaptation of three books -- The Hobbit isn't a substantive enough work to demand three movies, even with Jackson pulling extra material from Tolkien's indices. The fabulous visuals and impressive action sequences reminiscent of the trilogy are bogged down by an overlong and overly thorough first quarter that could have used a considerable edit job.

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