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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Taglines: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, ...

Stars: Alan Howard, Elijah Wood, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, ...

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign!

100 | Stephanie Zacharek

I see it as nearly perfect: It's one of the best fantasy pictures ever made.
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100 | Michael Wilmington

An extraordinary work, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and wildly entertaining. It's a hobbit's dream, a wizard's delight. And, of course, it's only the beginning.
Read More: Chicago Tribune


Against all odds in an era of machine-made spectaculars, Mr. Jackson and his collaborators have created a film epic that lives and breathes.

100 | David Ansen

The Movie Works. It has real passion, real emotion, real terror, and a tactile sense of evil that is missing in that other current movie dealing with wizards, wonders and wickedness.
Read More: Newsweek

100 | Lou Lumenick

So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first "Star Wars."
Read More: New York Post

100 | David Edelstein

Fashioned by a buff, The Lord of the Rings is a banquet for the buff in us all. I left exhausted, happy, intoxicated.
Read More: Slate

100 | Manohla Dargis

The film is a virtuosic triumph, but parlor tricks don't make movies, and it's Jackson's unwavering sincerity that elevates The Fellowship of the Ring into the increasingly rare Valhalla of the rousing, well-told tale.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

100 | Kenneth Turan

Made with intelligence, imagination, passion and skill, propulsively paced and shot through with an aged-in-oak sense of wonder, the trilogy's first film so thrillingly catches us up in its sweeping story that nothing matters but the vivid and compelling events unfolding on the screen.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

100 | Lawrence Toppman

Jackson surpasses the expectations anyone might have had for him with The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of his trilogy devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

100 | Michael Sragow

A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
Read More: Baltimore Sun

100 | Mick LaSalle

Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

100 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

100 | Peter Travers

Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
Read More: Rolling Stone

100 | Desson Thomson

You believe in everything.
Read More: Washington Post

100 | Rita Kempley

With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
Read More: Washington Post

91 | William Arnold

The film's single downside is a certain nagging sense of deja vu: the fact that so many of the elements of the story -- the dark force, the all-empowering object, etc. -- have been usurped over the years (by "Star Wars" and others) that you feel as if you've been down this road many, many times before.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

90 | Gregory Weinkauf

The film succeeds as massive, astonishing entertainment; verily, enthralling us is its chief goal.
Read More: New Times (L.A.)

90 | Todd McCarthy

Looks to please the book's legions of fans with its imaginatively scrupulous rendering of the tome's characters and worlds on the screen, as well as the uninitiated with its uninterrupted flow of incident and spectacle.
Read More: Variety

90 | A.O. Scott

The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch, a gesture that doesn't normally come to mind when Tolkien's name is mentioned.
Read More: The New York Times

89 | Marc Savlov

This is high fantasy of the best kind.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

80 | J. Hoberman

Jackson's adaptation is certainly successful on its own terms.
Read More: Village Voice

80 | Ron Wells

Probably the best comment I could give it is that after sitting through the first two and 1/2 hours, I would have happily sat through another five. How long am I going to have to wait for that DVD Box Set?
Read More: Film Threat

80 | Peter Rainer

Smashing for much of the way; as a piece of fantasy moviemaking, franchise-style, it beats the bejesus out of "Harry Potter."
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

75 | Rene Rodriguez

Jackson's dazzling vision turns the story into a real movie-movie -- one that, unlike too many fantasy films today, is genuinely transporting.
Read More: Miami Herald

75 | Roger Ebert

That it transcends this genre -- that it is a well-crafted and sometimes stirring adventure -- is to its credit. But a true visualization of Tolkien's Middle-earth it is not.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

75 | Claudia Puig

Rings has moments of edge-of-the-seat excitement, too, such as when the dark riders come looking for Frodo. But it's occasionally tedious when it should be captivating.
Read More: USA Today

70 | Maitland McDonagh

Above all, Jackson evokes an almost palpable sense of the will to power trapped within the ring. Without this evocation of the ring's insidious ability to sniff out the potential for corruption and capitalize on it, the entire enterprise would be precious drivel.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

63 | David Sterritt

Far from the movie of the year, the first installment of the long-awaited Lord of the Rings trilogy is an all-around disappointment.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

60 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

It's full of scenic splendors with a fine sense of scale, but its narrative thrust seems relatively pro forma, and I was bored by the battle scenes.
Read More: Chicago Reader