Slant Magazine has a critical review that still yields 3 out of 4 stars and a positive recommendation. Empire Online calls it "a treasure". Salon.com thinks it's bloated. Rolling Stone closes with this:
Serkis helps turn The Hobbit into everything you wished for – a fantasy with the power to haunt your dreams. Too bad it takes the movie so damn long to get there.Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 65%, but the audience score is 82%.