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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

In the second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue on their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring -- but on separate paths.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE 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

Outstanding adventure, but very violent battle scenes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that violence in The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers includes countless battle casualties in death by arrows, spears, swords, monster-stomping, fatal plunges, and explosions. For all the monster gore, pet-loving kids may be most disturbed when a hungry creature tears up fresh-killed rabbits to eat. There is nightmarish imagery of ghoulish things, dead and alive, that may be too much for some. Once-heroic character smokes. The story starts right where the previous Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring left off. Viewers not familiar with the first film (or J.R.R. Tolkien's novels) will be very confused.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the many representations of the war between good and evil. King Theoden comes back. Gollum may be coming back. Where else do you see the dualities expressed?
  • What does it mean to say that Saruman has "a mind of metal and wheels and no longer cares for growing things"?
  • At several points, characters have to decide when to fight and when to give up or retreat. What do they consider in making that decision? What should they consider?
  • Why is it important to Gollum that Frodo calls him by his old name?
  • Why do Sam and Frodo wonder if they will ever be included in songs or tales?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: When Gandalf arrives with reinforcements, descending a near-vertical slope using horses where you or I would use snowboards, the spirit of triumphant rampage is something rarely glimpsed since the days of Olivier and Henry V.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fresh: Though Jackson doesn't always succeed in integrating the characters in the foreground into the extraordinarily rich landscape, it must be said that he is an imaginative filmmaker who can see the forest for the trees.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, December 19, 2002

Fresh: 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.

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Peter Jackson does it again with the second part of his Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Fellowship is no more, and sam and Frodo head to Mordor alone. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli rescue Pippin and Merry. The story unfolds really quickly, and the film doesn't waste time in telling this awesome story. The film seems well paced and way more action packed than the first film, as theres always something going on on screen, thats not saying that the first one sucked, far from it; it was terrific. But this one as the War Of The Ring is beginning, has of course more action than the first. The Two Towers is an incredible sequel to an incredible film. It is a work of genius that is greater than epic. The actors really shine here, more than they did in the first. Everything is bigger and better in this film, the battles, the characters the special effects, everything. The Two Towers is a towering film going experience that you won't forget for a long time to come. One of the greatest things about this film is the battle of Helm's Deep, exciting and epic, you will definitely be blown away by the scope of this battle, it's action packed and delivers one of the most exciting fantasy battle scenes ever filmed. Peter Jackson is a master filmmaker, and The Two Towers proves it once again.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, August 13, 2010

4 stars

My least favourite in the trilogy, but an awesome movie nonetheless, that is still leagues better than most fantasy films out there.

- CloudStrife84, Thursday, July 1, 2010

4 stars

epic. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010