Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 150 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 10+. Lots of fantasy violence, including a dragon burning people and destroying a town; orcs and goblins fighting with humans and elves, resulting in stabbings, arrow wounds, beheadings, and lots of characters dying; some romantic relationships, including a kiss and an unrequited love; tons of corpses; and some creepy and scary imagery, such as the orcs, goblins, undead warriors, and other monsters depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' is a blatant cash grab that attempts to infuse its bloated material with emotional meaning and resonance. What the film actually presents is underwritten characters, and overwritten story, and a crippling reliance on technological innovations that make the film so glossy that it's practically inhuman.
By Roxana Hadadi
Since the release of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," much has been said about the foolishness of splitting J.R.R. Tolkien's barely 300-or-so-page novel into numerous movies, but that decision has never seemed more blatant than in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third and final film in this adaptation trilogy. An exhausting journey into Middle Earth, "The Battle of the Five Armies" takes forever to get started, and when the story finally does, it takes forever to end. Prepare for 150 minutes of pure tediousness.