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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

In the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, a young hobbit, Frodo Baggins, inherits a gold ring which holds the secret to the survival of the entire world.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Fabulous, but also violent and scary.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a classic fantasy that's full of violence and danger, including death. Horrific medieval-esque creatures kill, mostly with arrows and swords. More often, though, they get impaled, decapitated, dismemebered themselves. Middle-Earth characters drink beverages that are akin to wine and beer and smoke something called "pipeweed." There's some don't-try-this-at-home playing around with fireworks.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why only Frodo seems immune to the ring's power to corrupt even honorable, wise, and powerful people and the notion that "even the smallest person can change the course of the earth."
  • If you were going to form a fellowship for a grand quest, who would you want to be in it?
  • How do you think the film adaptation compares with Tolkein's book?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The production design is a marvel, and the special effects are dazzling.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, December 21, 2001

Fresh: Putting formula blockbusters to shame, Fellowship is impeccably cast and constructed with both care and passion.

- Colin Kennedy, Empire Magazine, Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Fresh: The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay.

- David Denby, New Yorker, Monday, November 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

5 stars

By far one of the most brilliant film epics ever put to celluloid, The Lord Of The Rings is a masterpiece of cinema. Based on J.R.R Tolkien's masterwork, Peter Jackson directs this phenomenal adaptation of Tolkien's amazing book. The Fellowship Of The Ring is a great start to a great trilogy of films. This film does for what Anew Hope did for the original Star Wars film trilogy. An epic of breathtaking proportions, Fellowship combines action, drama, suspense and romance into one film. The action scenes are very well done, and never does this film seem dull or boring. One of the greatest performances of the trilogy is Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, I'm a big fan of Aragorn (he's my favorite character) He truly delivers a great performance. The rest of the cast does a phenomenal job too. Probably the weakest thing of the trilogy is Sean Astin in the role of Samwise Gamgee, I find him quit irritating and annoying. Luckily theres so much going on throughout the trilogy, it doesn't bring the greatness of the trilogy down. Fellowship is one of the greatest film epics ever made and to those who say otherwise, go watch a stupid Will Ferrell film. This is for true cinema buffs.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, August 13, 2010

4 stars

great movie. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

4 stars

The Fellowship of the Ring was the first movie that absolutely convinced me that nearly any book or novel can be adapted to film. All it takes is the right people. A bunch of talented folks who are passionate about the source material, and who are committed to preserving the spirit of the work, can make miracles. The first book of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy is dense with exposition and and mythology, and most of it survives intact in the journey from page to screen. Despite all that, the movie never feels dull or overly-expository. Everything is easily presented in a way that those who are unfamiliar with LotR can understand, but it's not dumbed down to where passionate fans would revolt. I can't imagine how daunting that task must have been, but Jackson & co. pulled it off admirably. The cast is solid, the special effects, backgrounds, and CGI are astounding, and it all just "feels" like Lord of the Rings. Even after seeing the extended edition of the movie several times, it's still one of the most entertaining adventure/fantasy movies that I've ever seen.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, May 27, 2010