Tolkien

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  • Tolkien has the period trappings and strong performances of a worthy biopic, but lacks the imagination required to truly do its subject justice.
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    Sarah GorrThe Spool
    Biopics can be better than this; they just have to want to tell us something more than the Cliff's Notes of a life well lived.
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    Kellen BeckMashable
    Tolkien succeeds (in a non-entertaining way) in showing how regular people's lives can inspire great works, but it utterly fails in showing the importance and impact of the work itself, which is why we're actually drawn to the man.
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    Sarah MusnickyNightmarish Conjurings
    The strength of this film resides not in its storytelling, but in the performances conveyed by the actors onscreen as well as the visuals that infused magic with reality.
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    Charles SolomonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's not terribly interesting. There are more interesting things about Tolkien in this period that [this movie] is not telling.
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    Brett McCrackenThe Gospel Coalition
    Tolkien observes the general human need for kindred spirits, comrades-in-arms, cohorts to spur passion and purpose, friends to live and love and die alongside.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Hoult does a fine job portraying the troubled young man who would later become an incredible author. He comes across as intelligent, passionate and compassionate.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    The spoon-feeding does not just feel silly and pandering, it is distracting - as in a video game, Easter egg-hunting draws attention away from the key story.
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    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    Tolkien is the kind of movie that will give no joy to fans of his fantasy fiction.
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    Jim Schembri3AW
    Well-directed with a close eye by journeyman Finnish director Dome Karukoski, the film looks handsome and offers a well-rounded look at the English class system while also providing insights into the inspirations behind Tolkien's visions.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    Tolkien is innocuous but uninspiring.
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