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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    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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    Theresa SmithWeekend Special (South Africa)
    If you've never read up about the author, this might work for you, but any passing familiarity with Tolkien means you won't learn anything you didn't already know.
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    Israel Acosta ArocheKonexión
    This is a story that dilutes in scenes that don't work. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Mariana FernándezButaca Ancha
    Tolkien is a conservative and well-intentioned biopic, but bland in the background. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Matthew ToomeyABC Radio Brisbane
    Tolkien is a beautiful told tale that shows the value of strong, supportive friends and how they can shape our lives, our decisions and our personalities.
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