112 mins
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Nicholas Hoult is legendary Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in this biopic exploring his formative years.

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Tolkien | Ratings & Reviews

"Films about writers are usually either (a) boring or (b) bollocks. So it’s no surprise Tolkien’s family have rejected Dome Karukoski’s busy biopic, which follows the Lord of the Rings scribe from his wretched childhood right up to the writing of The Hobbit."

Flicks, Matt GlasbyFlicks

"The film - stately, well-acted, and ultimately insubstantial - dilutes its considerable charms with hoary literary biopic conventions, and then risks strangling them entirely with its reductively literal takes on the vagaries of artistic inspiration."


"Director Dome Karukoski peppers the film with cutaways to imaginary CGI battles and mythological beasties, but none is a fraction as thrilling as the opening moments of Peter Jackson's 'The Fellowship of the Ring'."

Time OutTime Out

"[The movie] teems with many on-the-nose moments. And it does so while hewing so strongly to the Distinguished British Biopic ethos... that it teeters on the edge of genuine obnoxiousness."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Its earnestness and idealism are refreshing."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Tolkien has turned out about as well as it could."


"But that imagination is what is most conspicuously lacking in "Tolkien," which too often falls back into a pose of intellectual and aesthetic timidity."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Handsomely made in the customarily fastidious style of most period biographical dramas, Tolkien is strongly served by Hoult..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Karukoski's entertaining film boasts flair and narrative ambition, but ultimately fails to completely break free of its traditional biopic frame."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Tolkien | Details

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