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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Adventure . Fantasy . Action . Drama

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

Actors: Sala Baker , John Bach , Dominic Monaghan , Billy Boyd , Sean Astin , Bruce Allpress , Christopher Lee , John Rhys-Davies , Orlando Bloom , Liv Tyler , Viggo Mortensen , Ian McKellen , Elijah Wood
Directors: Peter Jackson
Release: 2002-12-18
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  • Michael Wilmington

    Moviegoers should be almost as entranced by the teeming, glorious landscapes and dark, bloody battlegrounds of Two Towers: astonishing midpoint of an epic movie fantasy journey for the ages.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    The Two Towers moves faster, covers more ground, has more action and -- with the introduction of the marvelous character Gollum -- packs some much-appreciated laughs.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The miracle is that 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is better: tighter, smarter, funnier.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Like its predecessor, The Two Towers is a great motion picture, and not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fantasy adventure.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The result is harrowing and inspiring. As escapist entertainment, it's the movie of the year.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Eric Campos

    There’s no question here that moviegoers will be treated to a completely enveloping, three-hour vacation from reality.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • William Arnold

    A brilliantly conceived, boldly executed, cumulatively thrilling fantasy epic that expands the art of film and is sure to be the middle link of one of the movies' greatest trilogies.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    What makes Towers so staggering is the way it brings the full scope of Jackson's adaptation into focus. Without missing a beat in three hours, the film shifts from epic to lyrical and back.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Ansen

    What's remarkable is how immediately, after a full year, The Two Towers seizes your attention, and how urgently it holds you through three seamless, action-packed hours.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Towers, while not quite so varied as Fellowship in its moods and settings, has a grave gusto that energizes every moment...a thrilling work of film craft.

    Time Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    One fabulous Middle-earth show.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Gripping, whole and nourishing. Certainly of the fantasy film series currently in American theaters -– I include "Harry Potter and the Secret Toity" and "Star Trek: Halitosis" -– The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the best, and not by just a little.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    You will be heartened by the amazing sensation of watching one of the greatest works in the history of the medium unfold in front of you, piece by piece, year by year.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    Yes, there are some "middle-chapter" problems, but Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation hasn't lost its devastating humanity, its heart-stopping cinematography or its epic sweep. Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    The year's greatest adventure, and Jackson's limited but enthusiastic adaptation has made literature literal without killing its soul.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Never has a film so strongly been a product of a director's respect for its source. Mr. Jackson uses all his talents in the service of that reverence, creating a rare perfect mating of filmmaker and material.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic "Fellowship."

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    One of cinema's most absorbing fantasies.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    God forbid this should ever play on an IMAX screen -- the concussive soundtrack and relentless visuals would likely strike viewers deaf and blind (but what a way to go!). Simply breathtaking.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    For now, The Two Towers feels like the second installment in what next year, when Frodo finally reaches Mount Doom and the story draws to a close, we'll surely be hailing as a masterpiece.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don' t know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A rousing adventure, a skillful marriage of special effects and computer animation, and it contains sequences of breathtaking beauty. It also gives us, in a character named the Gollum, one of the most engaging and convincing CGI creatures I've seen.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    The sequel's battle scenes -- especially the climactic assault on the Helm's Deep fortress by the armies of darkness -- easily put those of the "Star Wars" series to shame.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Jackson's superior sequel to last year's first installment in his Rings cycle - resurrects the beloved Gandalf (majestic Ian McKellen) and rejuvenates the audience, too.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    An outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished "The Fellowship of the Ring."

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Both a triumph of design and cinematic engineering and, at the same time, long, repetitious and naive.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Seeing Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is like having a second date with the woman who made you fall in love at first sight.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    What it comes down to is superbly staged battle scenes and moral alliances forged in earnest yet purged of the wit and dynamic, bristly ego that define true on-screen personality.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Russel Swensen

    Falters precisely because there's not enough stumbling, and far too much striding gallantly forward.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Jackson's movie is one portentous happening after another -- not unreasonable in that his source, J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, is basically the fantasyland equivalent of a world war against absolute evil.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    If the second film never reaches the highs of the first -- we have met the players before and there are no new worlds of wonder -- it nonetheless invests moviegoing with a sense of adventure.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A glorious, visceral mess -- The film is, by most criteria, an ungainly piece of storytelling. Yet it sweeps you up and hurtles you along like water from an exploded dike.

    Slate Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This second installment is heavy on battle sequences, which will thrill some viewers more than others.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Casts a spell and then some -- a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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