Excerpt: This infuriatingly reductive biopic of the Hobbit author renders him as stolid and dull, and removes all the mystery and the wonder from creative inspiration. Literal-minded and free of magic.
Excerpt: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had a life occasionally as dramatic and compelling as the stories he told in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. But you’d never know it from watching this new movie.
Excerpt: For all the costumes, sweet melodies, and ways of showing how this language nerd has quite the imagination, Tolkien rarely finds time to drop the pomp and circumstance in favor of something more gripping.