In his three-star review of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which ran in Thursday's Newsday, Rafer Guzmán called it a "fantasy-film cornucopia, with mythical creatures and grand battles woven into an old-fashioned adventure-narrative -- exactly what director Peter Jackson does best." (Read the review at

Here are portions of other reviews:

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"Not the worst film of the year, but it may be the most disappointing." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"The 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy [has] been replaced by something that resembles tatty summer-stock theater." -- New York magazine

"Tolkien's brisk story of intrepid little hobbit Bilbo Baggins is drawn out and diluted by dispensable trimmings better left for DVD extras." -- The Associated Press

"There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the 'Rings' trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious." -- The Hollywood Reporter