Excerpts of select reviews of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:
Bloated... Even Shakespeare needs editing.
-- Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
As entertaining as watching the last bits of ketchup drip out of the bottle.
-- Matt Pais, RedEye
At nearly three hours long, An Unexpected Journey has moments when the caravan seems both overstuffed and out of balance, but it's such a scenic trip that only a stubborn homebody could complain.
-- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
At its best, it recaptures the Rings movies' breadth, detail, and staggering sense of beauty.
--Tasha Robinson, AV Club