Tolkien

Tolkien

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Tolkien

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

As a young student, Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their bond soon strengthens as he goes through a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt and the outbreak of World War I - experiences that later inspire his classic Middle-Earth novels.

2019Rating: M, Violence112 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

1
Time Out

Time Out

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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'.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Its earnestness and idealism are refreshing.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tolkien has turned out about as well as it could.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

1
Time Out

Time Out

press

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'.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Its earnestness and idealism are refreshing.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tolkien has turned out about as well as it could.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
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