Positive review emphasizing Peter Jackon's departure from Tolkien.
"[E]asily accessible to people who have never read Tolkien, and a treat for fans."
"Battle-scene overkill aside, there's no denying the eye-popping majesty of Jackson's epic spectacle."
"In the end, [it] succeeds as the event blockbuster that it was so clearly designed to be."
"If Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the Citizen Kane of martial arts films, The Lord of the Rings does the same thing for the fantasy quest genre."
Positive review of the film.
Review highlighting the "masculine" elements of the film.
"The result is not just a faithful transcription of a classic, but a wondrous reimagining of one."
"The bar has been raised, and the world of film entertainment will hereinafter be better for it."
"For once, here's a gigantic-budget movie that wears its outsized grandiosity well and lives up to its hype and ambition."