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Only Twitter users and a part-time critic at the New York Daily News have so far broken the embargo on Jackson's return to Middle-earth. But is the film verdict-proof anyway?

For fans eager to get the first critical verdict on Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiered in Wellington on Wednesday night, it has been a frustrating couple of days. With the new film trilogy tipped to surpass its blockbuster megalith predecessor The Lord of the Rings at the global box office, it seemed certain that at least a handful of critics would make the decision to defy studio embargoes and publish and be damned. Instead, the only verdicts handed down thus far have come from luminaries such as film-maker Bryan Singer, and little-known Kiwi blogger Kylie Klein, who, it seems, was so overwhelmed by getting a ticket that her critical faculties were slightly swept away. »

- Ben Child

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