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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Betsy Butterbur speaks twice in the film, yet Katie Jackson never opens her mouth once.
When Bard arrives home, Tilda greets him, but her mouth doesn't move.
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Character error 

The birth year for Thorin given on the tapestry that Bard finds in Lake-town is correct for the book's continuity. However, in the film-trilogy, Balin is supposed to be the oldest member of the Company, Thorin allegedly being several years younger than Dwalin.
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Continuity 

When Gandalf fights Azog at Dol Guldur, his sword falls from his hand and he is thrown backwards. Immediately afterwards, his sword is sheathed at his waist, despite the fact that he is now holding his staff in both hands and could not have sheathed it.
At The Prancing Pony in Bree, the food on Thorin's plate moves around in various shots although he is not eating but talking to Gandalf. Also the cheese on his plate disappears and then reappears.
When Gandalf leaves the Company outside Mirkwood Forest in the digital rain, only Thorin's hair is wet.
When Azog calls for Bolg in Dol Guldur there is a side shot of the two approaching each other where Bolg is clearly taller than Azog. When they are speaking in the close-up Azog is looking down at Bolg implying that he is taller.
Legolas' bow sometimes disappears when he starts fighting with his sword and knives and reappears on his back or in his left hand.
Some dwarves, like Bofur, share one or two of Beorn's ponies with another dwarf. When they gallop to Mirkwood, each dwarf has a pony.
During the exchange among the Master of Laketown, Thorin and Bard, the falling snow lands everywhere except on Thorin's hair.
All the dwarves are stripped to their loose tunics when imprisoned and when they flee and meet Bard. On the barge, Thorin's tunic is belted.
After Bilbo kills the baby spider, he picks up the ring with his right hand. In the next shot he is holding the ring in his left hand.
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When Bilbo looks to the treetop in Mirkwood, he can see the sun-rays through the branches as if the sun was in the middle of the sky. It implies that it's midday, but when he climbs a tree to watch above the forest, the sun appears in the horizon, as a sunset.
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When ferrying Thorin & Co. to Laketown, Bard avoids crashing the barge into a huge rock by leaning forward on the 'tiller'. When the same scene is shown from behind, Bard is leaning backwards.
It was established in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that Thrain is missing his left eye (This has been confirmed in several official Hobbit publications). Yet in this film he is shown with both eyes fully intact.
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At the start of the movie Bilbo first checks the ring and puts it in his left pocket but in the next shot he takes it from his right pocket.
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When Tauriel is searching the cells for the missing dwarves she is wearing one outfit with her breastplate armor. Seconds later when she arrives in the wine cellar she is wearing a completely different dress with a belt.
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Factual errors 

Gold melts at 1,948°F (1,064C), yet Thorin can ride on a river of molten gold, extremely close to the level of the gold itself, without suffering any burn damage.
At the furnaces, when Thorin taunt Smaug into breathing fire to start up the furnaces, there are plenty of wooden objects (benches, crates,...) in the path of Smaug's fire breath, that will not burn, yet the coals in the furnace almost instantly catch fire.
Molten gold's color is not actually golden.
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Plot holes 

Beorn still wears a shackle on his wrist from his time of enslavement by Azog. However, the shackle is too small to fit his arm in bear form, nor was it present when he was a bear the previous day. He should have already broken free of it.
The movies previously retained the idea from the books, that sunlight renders Orcs non-functional. Gandalf remarked in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on how alarming it is that Saruman's breeding program has produced sun-resistant Orc soldiers. Yet in the "barrel" escape-scene from Thranduil's caverns, the orcs are chasing the dwarves down the River Running, and doing hard battle, in broad daylight without suffering any ill effects.
In the treasure vaults of Erebor, Smaug tells Bilbo that he'd almost be willing to give the Arkenstone to "Thorin Oakenshield" just to watch it drive him mad. Smaug has no particular reason to know the name of the grandson of the king he deposed from Erebor, and since he's been sealed inside the lonely mountain ever since, he certainly wouldn't know the "Oakenshield" name that Thorin earned in a battle at Moria years later.
When Bilbo puts on the ring in the forest, he can hear what the spiders are saying, in English. He takes off the ring and stabs the spider with his sword, at which point, we can hear the spider cry, "It stings! It stings!" although the ring is no longer on, and Bilbo should no longer have the power to understand the spiders' language.
When Thorin and the rest reactivate Dwarves' forges in Erebor, these melt the gold contained in them in a few minutes in order to create a golden giant statue as a trap for Smaug.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Kili is looking at his rune stone, in the close-up shots, Aidan Turner is not wearing his prosthetic Dwarf hands.
Just after Thorin rides down the river of gold on a wheelbarrow, Bilbo is forced to leap off of the falling bridge knocked over by Smaug. Upon hitting the ground, he rolls and Sting at his side can clearly be seen to bend almost at right angles, indicating a rubber stunt sword.
Robert Kazinsky, as Fili, can be seen in some shots of the film, most noticeably when the Dwarves are about to hit the first waterfall after escaping from Thranduil's.
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In extreme close-ups of Thranduil's eyes, it's evident that Lee Pace is wearing contact lenses.
As the company prepares to enter Mirkwood, the skies become overcast and it begins to rain. During this scene, there are shots of Gandalf where light and shadows show that he is standing in bright sunlight instead of overcast skies, with digital rain added in after filming.
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When Legolas is shown in close-up when speaking to Tauriel after he goes out looking for her, Orlando Bloom's left ear piercing hole can be seen.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

The number of barrels changes from the time they leave the cave to their arrival in Laketown. Bilbo counts 13 barrels going down the trapdoor; he clings to one; Bombur leaves a broken one among the orcs before jumping into an empty barrel; Bard loads 14 barrels on his barge and later has them filled with fish.
After Bilbo frees Thorin & co. and leads them down the steps to the barrels, Kili is in the middle of the line formed. When they reach the bottom of the steps, Kili is right behind Bilbo.

Factual errors 

It would be impossible for a barrel to constantly float right side up when it is going over rapids, constantly tipping over and unavoidably filling with water. Also, physics denote that an opened barrel with a heavy object in the bottom (i. e., a dwarf or hobbit) would immediately want to tip over on its side and float that way, as opposed to floating right side up the entire time the company is in the water.
When the dwarfes use the gold in the furnaces to trap Smaug, the gold is melting way too fast. The heat necessary would either melt the stone of the furnaces as well or the thermal stress would crack and break them long before the gold to be heated enough to liquify.

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