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The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 189 | Rotten: 16

Fellowship manages to thrill and enthrall despite its length and repetition.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 3

Fellowship manages to thrill and enthrall despite its length and repetition.



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Movie Info

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Synopsis: Set in mythic pre-historic times, a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins inherits a magic ring from his elderly cousin Bilbo. Wise to the powers that the magic ring holds, the dark Lord Sauron wants it, knowing it will enable him to enslave the people of... More

Rated: PG-13 See Full Rating

Running Time: 2 hr. 45 min.

In Theaters: Dec 19, 2001 Wide

On DVD: Aug 6, 2002

Box Office:$313.8M

Distributor:New Line Cinema

Directed By: Peter Jackson

Written By: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens


It's full of scenic splendors with a fine sense of scale, but its narrative thrust seems relatively pro forma, and I was bored by the battle scenes.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (29)
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Tolkien completists won't find any of this overkill, but for those uninitiates among us, less is more is still a dictum worth heeding.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comment
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[I]t goes on forever.

December 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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The production design is a marvel, and the special effects are dazzling.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comment
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Fabulous, but also violent and scary.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

"Fellowship" bears well the burden of exposition and character introduction, and also features two of the series' best action setpieces -not just visual-effects reels, but trials by fire of the camaraderie among this ragamuffin band of brothers.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment

...the project couldn't have made me happier.

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

A stunning adventure story realized with genuine artistic flair.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment

The sets and special effects are near flawless.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment
Observer [UK]

Jackson ... conjures the most potent major-motion-picture magic in years.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment

Thankfully, if the audience has the patience, the film is good enough to warrant watching again.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment
Big Picture Big Sound

Putting formula blockbusters to shame, Fellowship is impeccably cast and constructed with both care and passion.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment
Empire Magazine

In unveiling the Holy Grail for action-fantasy aficionados, director and co-writer Peter Jackson has begun a series to rival Star Wars in the pantheon.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment

The filmmakers have shown great respect for their source material. I was moved by Jackson's passionate, caring, and human portrayals of these characters and dramas.

January 15, 2005 Comment
Looking Closer

Director Peter Jackson's awesome three hour film, seeming like half the time, is the handsomest fantasy film ever made. (Published 12-22-01)

October 30, 2004 Full Review | Comment

It is imaginative, fierce, even thrilling in spots. Nevertheless, as the curtain comes down, the credits should read Game Over, not The End.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comments (11)

Tolkien's world explodes onto the screen in vibrant, brooding, beautiful life.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Comment

Everyone on screen is all exercised about Frodo's mission, but after three hours it's hard to see why anyone in the audience should be.

January 1, 2004 Full Review | Comments (7)

Only Jackson would have conceived of having a dwarf, in the middle of battle, declare 'NOBODY TOSSES A DWARF!' and only Jackson could have gotten away with it.

December 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Critic Doctor | Comment

Once you've got your breath back one thought will prove hard to escape: George Lucas might have a few sleepless nights between now and 2003.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Comment

What could have been a monumental failure has become one of the greatest examples of how to bring a classic book to the screen.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment

...a slightly better-than-average fantasy flick.

May 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

The bulk of thanks should really go to Peter Jackson, who has obviously lavished much love on this project with respect for the source material.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment

The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring Audience Reviews

LWOODS04 September 28, 2008

I believe I need to see this again before I give it a review...

Michael G September 29, 2006

Fellowship of the Ring is without a doubt the best of the three parts of the Lord of the Rings story. Even if the setup is on the lengthy side its completely justified and well worth it. The second half is a non-stop, unrelenting bombardment of chaos, amazement and fun. The set/costume design are top shelf and the cast

Jens S May 11, 2007

A difficult project so much larger than life, after a book that shaped a whole genre of literature for decades. And who would have thought beforehand: Peter Jackson did everything right. He cast the right faces, and had the best people work on special effects, weapons, masks, sets. Shooting it in New Zealand turned out

jamers2011 August 1, 2010

My personal favorite of the trilogy! A true masterpiece of a film. The pacing of this film is simply unreal. It's the best 2.5 hour experience available. It is developed brilliantly as we take in the beautiful scenery, story, and meet the characters. As a huge fan of the books, the characters were spot on from the

    1. Aragorn: We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.
    - submitted by Benny B (11 hours ago)
    1. Gandalf: You shall not pass!
    - submitted by Benny B (11 hours ago)
    1. Gimli: Never trust an Elf!
    - submitted by Waliyya B (13 days ago)
    1. Sauron: Give up the halfling, She-Elf.
    2. Arwen: If you want him, come and claim him!
    - submitted by Waliyya B (13 days ago)
    1. Queen Galadriel: May it be a light for you, in dark places.
    - submitted by Waliyya B (13 days ago)

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