So close is the release of Peter Jackson's Hobbit sequel that we can almost smell Smaug's fiery dragon breath.
Much like its predecessor, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug has divided film critics, although most agree that it's an improvement on An Unexpected Journey, which was criticised for its lumbering pace. Digital Spy rounds up a selection of the reviews below...
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
"Where last year's An Unexpected Journey steered too structurally close to Fellowship and suffered by comparison, The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building."
"Jackson has shown that he is an expert in big-league popular movie-making to rival Lucas and Spielberg. His Smaug, with its fight scenes, chase spectaculars, creepy creatures and secret stone doors opening with a grinding noise, is something to set alongside the Indiana Jones films. »
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