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Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
 

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byedklat April 19, 2015
 
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Kid, 12 years old April 8, 2015
 

Amazing just like the first installment!

This movie is absolutely awesome! The characters develop more and we meet some new characters along the way.
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Adult Written byerica921 April 4, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byThe age organizer February 7, 2015
 

The hobbit the desolation of smaug

12 and up
Kid, 12 years old January 19, 2015
 

better

better than the 1st
Kid, 11 years old January 18, 2015
 

hobbit 2

There is a lot of action. Much more than the first. There is as much violence as the first including killing a lot of orcs. It doesn't really follow the book that much. There is no swearing or drinking. The dwarves help each other go to erbor to defeat the dragon.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byJohn trevor December 26, 2014
 

The hobbit:the desolation of smaug

Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2014
 

The Next Great Installment, However, A Tiny Bit More Scary Than Unexpected Journey.

I can't pick a favorite for these films because they are all mind blowing. Now, before I describe what you need to know, (SPOILER ALERT) A quick recap- The movie picks up where it left off as Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves camp upon the Carrock, a bear shaped rock. Azog continues to pursue the Company on their quest for Erebor, the Lonely Mountain. Azog then receives a message from Dol Guldur, where the Necromancer (A Dark Power) lives. He leaves at once and appoints his son, Bolg, to track the Company. While Bilbo spies on Bolg, he notices a bear in the woods. After the bear scares Bolg and the Orcs off, the bear attacks the Company. The Company then takes shelter in a mysterious house in the woods. Gandalf informs the rest of the Company that the house belongs to the bear who is actually a shape shifter named Beorn. After resting at Beorn's Hall and borrowing his horses, the company sets off for the border of Mirkwood. (The forest surrounding Dol Guldur. was once a thriving place but now devastation and corruption.) After setting the horses free to return to Beorn, Gandalf discovers a symbol of Sauron. (see LOTR) He leaves the Company at once. The Company traverses through the forest until they are captured by giant spiders. Bilbo rescues them by slaying each of the spiders. Towards the end of the duel, he sees one of the spiders with the One Ring and under the ring's control, he aggressively kills the spider. The Elves of Mirkwood then capture the Company and take them to an uncorrupted area of beauty. Bilbo is not captured and he follows the Elves to rescue the Company. Meanwhile, the dwarf Kili falls in love with the elf Tauriel. When Bilbo rescues the Company, they take advantage of drunken elves and use wine barrels to escape. When they are about to pass through the elves' river gate, Bolg and his orcs ambush both the elves and the dwarves. Kili is shot in the leg by a Morgul Arrow. (Like the Morgul Blade from LOTR) The Elven King, Thranduil, commands his subjects not to give thought to the Company. Tauriel thinks otherwise, she goes after the dwarves to help them. Thranduil's son, Legolas (see LOTR) follows her. They eventually decide to help the dwarves. Meanwhile Gandalf visits the High Fells, tombs of the Ringwraiths. (see LOTR) Radagast, an animal loving wizard who was introduced in the previous film, and Gandalf discover that all nine of the Nazgul (Ringwraiths) have awoken. They go to Dol Guldur to investigate. Gandalf sends Radagast to contact the other wizards and elven ring bearers, and Gandalf enters. He is faced with the Necromancer, who is revealed to be Sauron (see LOTR). Gandalf is then captured by the Necromancer and Azog, who marches to Erebor with an orc army . The Company sneak into Laketown with the help of Bard, a swashbuckling bowman. The Master of Laketown is greedy and afraid of Bard. The Master captures the Company after they try to steal from the armory. However, when The Master discovers the dwarves' purpose, he lets the Company keep the weapons. Bard discovers that the dragon may assault Laketown and takes up his bow and black arrows (which can kill Smaug). He tries to convince The Master that the dwarves have a blind eye, but fails. The Company leaves Kili and two other dwarves behind so that they can heal. Kili's sickness from the Morgul Arrow kicks in and they have to fight it back. Tauriel arrives to rescue Kili, but Bolg quickly follows. Together, Legolas and Tauriel kill Bolg. The Master then arrests Bard. Once the company gains entrance to Erebor. They upset Smaug and he flies toward Laketown. (See AUJ for more info.) Great Messages: Good Messages for this movie include : -Tauriel deciding to help the Company -The same ones from AUJ Great Role Models: Perfect Role Models for this movie include: -Tauriel. She helps the dwarves regardless of the fact that they are dwarves. -Radagast. He respects all nature and loves and cares for it as well. He also has an open heart. -Bard. He is brave and chivalrous and will do anything to protect his town and family. Violence: To be expected in a good vs evil film. The film contains epic battle sequences and the deaths of evil characters. I don't even remember a death of a significant good character in this film The most violent scenes include: -Beorn's Attack -The Spider Ambush -The High Fells (Not exactly violent, just creepy.) -The Dol Guldur Battle -The Duel With Smaug. Sex: I did not label this because all that it is is a crush between Kili and Tauriel. Consumerism: Many toys were created after the film. As with AUJ this film deserves it's money anyway. Drinking: I did not label this because it's just a reference while the Elves are asleep.
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Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2014
 

Good movie

Its a good movie. Just saw the third one and it proves they should have made one or two instead of three. NOT as good as lord of the rings.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymistahmata December 16, 2014
 

Watchable but disappointing

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug is a decent fantasy movie with a lot to offer including a great villain, good performances by Martin Freeman & Ian McKellen, and skillfully filmed setpieces. But this is not a perfect movie and not a great one either. Being a huge Lord of the Rings fan and movie buff I had high expectations for this movie and it's trilogy. But this movie is overstuffed with forgettable dwarf secondary characters with the exception of one, a cringe worthy shot at romance,more bloat than that victim from se7en, and obviously cgi green screens. There is not a lot of bad content however apart from some intense battle sequences including ones that involve dragons and spiders. Overall this is an enjoyable movie that has big action and solid performances but suffers from bloat B-
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Teen, 13 years old Written byShadow21 November 12, 2014
 

Awesome, but many violent, clean scenes

Unlike LOTR, many scenes of clean decapitatings. LOTR had rougher violence that was very hard to see, but this is very clear and legible.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byPoloJ14MF November 9, 2014
 

The Hobbit

It's one of my favorite movies, but i think it's pretty bloody not appropiated for children's under 12 years.
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Parent of a 11 and 11 year old Written byEyewearinsight October 26, 2014
 

Ehhh..violent and not much going to it!

Quite violent, some really horrible scenes(unnecessary in my opinion); the same as the other Hobbits. Additionally, I didn't think it was a good movie .. it was just a long sustained battle. The story has already been told..they are just milking it and we fell for it. Though I did like Bilbo's badge of honesty!!
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Kid, 11 years old October 21, 2014
 

Pretty good, better than original

Violence- 3 (Stabbing, Punching, Scary Spiders)
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Written byAnonymous September 16, 2014
 

Darker dragon sequel has intense fire breathing. Moments,brave elves and more creepy images but improved on the first

My rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of epic fantasy violence and action and innuendo
Adult Written byslasher23 August 16, 2014
Kid, 12 years old July 21, 2014
 

Another Great Peter Jackson

The Desolation of Smaug is a good movie for kids eleven and up. It can be violent for some parts but heart warming and emotional in other parts. No bad language.
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Kid, 12 years old July 15, 2014
 

Not as good as lotr but still great

Fine for 11 and up Smuag is really cool
Teen, 14 years old Written byc@l June 4, 2014
 

hobbit 2

slightly better than first also slightly more violent and dark
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Kid, 9 years old May 23, 2014
 

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great movie but is quite scary at times.
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