Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 18, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
178 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/19/01
performer
Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving
director
Peter Jackson
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

Peter Jackson’s enchanting adaptation of the first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy trilogy is a joyfully conceived work of cinema that rewards both adepts and novices with the highest compliment of all: an intelligence and artistry as a movie, independent of blind fidelity to the page. Jackson excels at shifting perspectives, both structurally and visually, from the epic to the intimate and back again.

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