Reviews: Tolkien (2019)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Tolkien was respectable but very hodgepodge in manner. Jumbled, listless, and a bit hollow, it may make for mild diversion but it is not the biopic that this literary figure merits.
  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An engaging biopicture that hints at the origins of the themes and style of The Lord of the Rings.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Nicholas Hoult’s performance is great, and certain moments are very well executed, but it falls back on the usual tropes and on-the-nose nods typical of most biopics.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • 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.
  • Dan Lybarger @
    • 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.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • 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.