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When can we expect the first reviews?


Nov 23 2013, 4:51am

Post #1 of 16 (1089 views)
When can we expect the first reviews? Can't Post

Before December?


Nov 23 2013, 4:55am

Post #2 of 16 (628 views)
Since when... [In reply to] Can't Post

Do fans trust critics? Lol? AUJ was praised and bashed enough by the critics to make my head explode

The Mitch King

Nov 23 2013, 4:57am

Post #3 of 16 (577 views)
Hopefully soon!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't remember last year but did the early reviews let out any spoilers??


Nov 23 2013, 5:11am

Post #4 of 16 (618 views)
Last year... [In reply to] Can't Post

Reviews didn't start surfacing until about a week after the world premiere in Wellington. At least that's when the embargo was lifted. So I'd say reviews won't come until after December 2nd. That's the day I leave all forums with anything Hobbit related Smile I'm not reading any reviews until after I see it this time!

"Seriously, why was the scene with CGI dwarf ass NOT in the theatrical cut?!"


Nov 23 2013, 5:34am

Post #5 of 16 (583 views)
Well we'll get twitter reactions [In reply to] Can't Post

basically as soon as the premiere is over. That's what happened last year. Though I wouldn't read much into those as most are from people tied to the production in some way or people who wouldn't publicly say bad things about the film. But i'd say the embargo will actually lift quite soon after that. But whenever it is it isn't too far away!


Nov 23 2013, 7:52am

Post #6 of 16 (452 views)
Yes [In reply to] Can't Post

Even if not quite like a review but reaction from twitter will be foreshadowing how good or bad the movie is. That is how it was last year and I think we shouldn't take reaction from new zealander seriously again. Most of them praised AUJ too much.

The Shire

Nov 23 2013, 8:56am

Post #7 of 16 (470 views)
December 5th [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm going to the press screening on december 5th in IMAX Amsterdam.

Lucky me! As a fan, I hope I can still write a decent review afterwards. Honestly, I could see Martin Freeman fart for two hours in hobbit clothes and still be entertained.

I was told that the movie simply wasn't finished sooner. Normally these screenings are two weeks before release.

Cave Troll

Nov 23 2013, 12:03pm

Post #8 of 16 (416 views)
Haven't you heard... [In reply to] Can't Post

reviews don't count anymore since AUJ was poorly received. Wink

The Shire

Nov 23 2013, 12:51pm

Post #9 of 16 (345 views)
I get your point [In reply to] Can't Post

I only do 5 reviews a year for a student website.

And this is one of them. I'm just excited I can watch the movie so early on an IMAX screen. (normally press screenings aren't shown at actual theaters)


Nov 23 2013, 2:26pm

Post #10 of 16 (346 views)
Some reviews where shockingly bad, though [In reply to] Can't Post

Like the reviewer who claimed that the Rivendell passage wasn't in the book and was added on just to please LOTR fans Crazy

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Nov 23 2013, 2:29pm

Post #11 of 16 (312 views)
Or [In reply to] Can't Post

The reviewer who hated the movie because it wasn't like Harry Potter.


Nov 23 2013, 2:39pm

Post #12 of 16 (317 views)
There's a little truth to that. [In reply to] Can't Post

I started dismissing the reviews when many of them focused on the 48 FPS and the three-film thing instead of the movie. AUJ is not flawless by any means but those two things aren't issues for me.

As well, a lot of them complained about the prologue and Unexpected Party going on too long whereas I thought those scenes were very good and not too slow at all. Many of the critics seemed to like the action sequences the best while my favourite parts were the prologue, Bag End and Rivendell.

Since the critics and I are coming to these movies from different directions, I don't expect to agree with them over DOS either. But it would be nice for PJ et al if the reviews are good.


Nov 23 2013, 2:43pm

Post #13 of 16 (318 views)
There were countless reviews in a similar vein [In reply to] Can't Post

In fact it seemed as though some of these 'reviewers' hadn't even seen the film (and that they didn't know the book). Many of them didn't even comment on the acting, the sets, etc., but homed in on the HFR (without saying that the film was available in several formats), and so on.

I don't think I will be reading any reviews until after I have seen the film (I didn't last year, either).

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Like the reviewer who claimed that the Rivendell passage wasn't in the book and was added on just to please LOTR fans Crazy


Nov 23 2013, 9:01pm

Post #14 of 16 (233 views)
Last year [In reply to] Can't Post

most of them came out early December Smile

I simply walked into Mordor.

Tol Eressea

Nov 24 2013, 11:50am

Post #15 of 16 (188 views)
One reviewer I read... [In reply to] Can't Post

...complained that Elrond's presence in the film amounted to fan-service.

A few paragraphs later, this reviewer suggested that in order for DoS to be an improvement over AUJ, there needs to be "more Gollum".


Nov 27 2013, 11:19am

Post #16 of 16 (89 views)
I remember that one! [In reply to] Can't Post

Pretty terrible stuff! Wasn't it one of the UK papers?


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