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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Action . Fantasy . Adventure . Drama

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

Actors: Viggo Mortensen , Ian McKellen , Elijah Wood , Liv Tyler , Orlando Bloom , John Rhys-Davies , Sean Bean , Christopher Lee , Billy Boyd , Dominic Monaghan , Alan Howard , Noel Appleby , Sean Astin , Sala Baker
Directors: Peter Jackson
Release: 2001-12-19
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  • 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."

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • 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.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    I see it as nearly perfect: It's one of the best fantasy pictures ever made. Full Review
  • 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.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • 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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    You believe in everything.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    The film succeeds as massive, astonishing entertainment; verily, enthralling us is its chief goal.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This is high fantasy of the best kind.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • 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?

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Smashing for much of the way; as a piece of fantasy moviemaking, franchise-style, it beats the bejesus out of "Harry Potter."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Jackson's adaptation is certainly successful on its own terms.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • 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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • 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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

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

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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  • 3. The Breaking of the Fellowship (feat. In Dreams) Performer: The Lord of the Rings Stream Music Online
  • 17. The Council of Elrond (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen) [feat. Aniron] Performer: The Lord of the Rings Stream Music Online
  • 20. The Breaking of the Fellowship (feat. "In Dreams") Performer: The Lord of the Rings Stream Music Online
  • 22. The Council of Elrond (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen) [feat. "Aniron"] Performer: The Lord of the Rings Stream Music Online