13 December 2012 9:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit hits theaters this weekend. As the much anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- adapted from the first six chapters of Tolkien's 19-chapter book -- tells the tale of Thorin, played by Richard Armitage, who leads 13 dwarves to reclaim the kingdom that has been taken over by giant trolls. With the guidance of Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) along with the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman), an adventure to take back the land of Lonely Mountain awaits. Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have

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