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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Reviews: Benedict Cumberbatch Makes Dragon One of the 'Greatest Creatures' To Ever Be Put In Film (TRAILER)

By Zulai Serrano | Dec 13, 2013 01:11 PM EST

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” hits theaters on Dec. 13. (Photo : Facebook)

"The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" was officially released to theaters on Dec. 13, and the movie has been certified fresh by viewers and critics alike.

According to, critics rated the film 75 percent fresh while audience viewers gave it a 89 percent rating. Die-hard "The Lord of the Rings" fans will likely enjoy the film, but check out what reviewers have to say below.

If you're still unsure whether you want to see the film in theaters or wait until its out on DVD, watch the trailer below for a sneak peak of the movie.

Rolling Stone gives the film 2.5 out of 4 stars:

"The first Hobbit was quite a success at the box office ($1 billion worldwide). But if we're being honest, we'd admit it was a little boring and a lot long, at 169 minutes. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a little less long and a little less boring. That's because after two hours of setup involving Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he hobbits along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), to win back the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, the dragon shows up. This Smaug is a dragon to die for."

The Chicago Tribune rates the film 3 out of 5 stars:

"Whatever one's personal investment in the Tolkien mythology, the dragon on screen is one hell of a dragon. Smaug's first close-up finds the beast asleep beneath mountains of gold coins, and when we see one eye open, it's a wonderful, awful sight. Elsewhere there's a truly scary giant-spider sequence, a little long - everything's a little long in "Smaug" - but more than enough to give younger viewers some fairly bad dreams."

What a audience viewer had to say about the film:

"Ultimately, the final act of the film belongs to the dragon. While the trailers tricked you into believing he might end up a tad underwhelming, Benedict Cumberbatch's voice and the flawless animation make Smaug one of the greatest creatures ever put on film, menacing, majestic, evil. That's when the film really finds its momentum and delivers one breathless sequence after another. And then decides to end on a truly mean cliffhanger," Jens S. wrote.

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