The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment in The Hobbit trilogy of movies by Peter Jackson, the same man behind The Lord of The Rings. And, so far, things are looking good for Jackson with many movie critics hailing it as what could turn out to be the biggest movie of the year.  

So far, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is currently holding 76 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and could rise even high considering that just a few days ago, the rating percentage was at 64.  

Here is a round-up of some of the early reviews of the movie:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the next installment in The Hobbit trilogy of movies by Peter Jackson, the same man behind The Lord of The Rings. Several publications have managed to see the movie, and have thus offered their review on what could turn out to be the biggest movie of the year. 

So far, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is currently holding a 74 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and could rise even high considering that just a few days ago the rating percentage was at 64. 

Here is a round-up of some of the early reviews of the movie: 

Telegraph: "The second leg of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, is mostly stalling for time: two or three truly great sequences tangled up in long beards and longer pit-stops." 

The Guardian: "It's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly conjures up that genial quality that distinguishes The Hobbit from the more solemn Rings stories." 

IGN: "If you were disappointed with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey then The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the film you've been waiting for. It's a breathlessly told, action-packed crowd-pleaser that restores the luster of the saga for those underwhelmed by its predecessor and leaves you excited for the final chapter in the trilogy." 

The Hollywood Reporter: "Nearly everything about "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" represents an improvement over the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved creation." 

Topless Robot: "As a fragmentary middle piece of something, it isn't complete unto itself, which makes final judgment hard. With that in mind, it is very fun to look at, especially in 3D." 

The general consensus is painting the second installment of the trilogy as something that is far better than the first movie, which was seen as a vast disappointment. The first movie had a very awkward pacing; the 3D effects were lacking, and it was just an overall bad movie with few takeaway points. Fans of the Lord of The Rings trilogy would be highly disappointed here, but not enough to refrain from sitting through the whole movie.  

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