New The Hobbit 3, The Battle of the Five Armies movie got mixed reviews from top critics. New Line Cinema released their new action/fantasy flick, “The Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies” into theaters this past Wednesday and all the reviews are in from the top critics. It turns out that half ,or a little more than half of them liked it with an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner. We’ve posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below.

Brice Ingram from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 grade, stating: “Fighting — presented with Jackson’s usual double helpings of visual splendor, emotional oomph and low-key comedy — is what Battle of the Five Armies is all about.”

Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 score. He said: ” Now, thanks to this last film, in 3-D, the pleasure is intense, and mixed with awe. There is majesty here, and not just because we’re in the presence of magnificently regal madness.”

Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 score. He stated: “The final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “Like everything else in Jackson’s Tolkienland, the buildup to the climactic melee stretches on too long. But when it comes, it’s a doozy.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 75 grade, stating: ” The final installment of the Hobbit trilogy is the best, featuring more spectacular action scenes as well as the series’ most emotionally resonant moments.”

Scott Foundas from Variety, gave it a 70 score,stating: ” If none of the Hobbit films resonate with “Rings'” mythic grandeur, it’s hard not to marvel at Jackson’s facility with these characters and this world, which he seems to know as well as John Ford knew his Monument Valley, and to which he here bids an elegiac adieu.”

Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 63 score. He said: “It’s adequately visionary, it’s routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.”

Michael O’Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 63 grade,saying: “Jackson’s storytelling at this point is so driven by green-screen trickery and digital legerdemain that he seems to have forgotten about human emotion.”

Sheila O’Malley from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 score, stating: “There are some wonderful sequences in Battle of the Five Armies, and the attention to detail is breathtaking (each different space rendered with thrilling complexity), but the film feels more like a long drawn-out closing paragraph rather than (like “The Desolation of Smaug”) a vibrant stand-alone piece of the story.”

Betsy Sharkey over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 grade. She stated: “The finale is not an all-out disappointment. It should satisfy the franchise’s fans, and it does wrap up any loose ends you might be wondering about.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his three-part Lord of the Rings triumph, director Peter Jackson has sadly saved the worst for last.”

Nicolas Rapold at The New York Times, gave it a 50 grade,saying: “Bilbo may fully learn a sense of friendship and duty, and have quite a story to tell, but somewhere along the way, Mr. Jackson loses much of the magic.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 score. He said: ” By the second hour of The Battle of the Five Armies, the visual approach becomes a paradox: monotonously dynamic epic storytelling.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score,saying: ” As Bilbo, Freeman is a pleasure to watch to the extent we get to watch him. His timing is brilliant — he gets the movie’s only laughs. He has tremendous sensitivity and an ability to seem like he’s about to say something — and then convey it without saying it. He could have made a great Bilbo. Instead he’s the one thing that has made this trilogy bearable.”

Joe Neumaier at the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 grade, saying: “There’s far too many moments of sabre-rattling, and too much confusion about who is aligned with whom, and why. Those who know and love Tolkien’s texts will have a vested interest. Everyone else may grow restless.”

Lastly, Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 score, stating: ” Jackson has marched the modern fantasy-action epic into a thundering blind alley; the movie exhausts your senses without ever engaging your imagination.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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