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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life. (New Line Cinema)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2001
Drama
Fantasy
2h 58m
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Rated 17 May 2011
98
99th
One film to rule them all. Compared to the following parts this is smaller in scale. Instead, the magnitude of the quest is conveyed through the pitch-perfect telling of the fascinating myth (Blanchett's narration is amazing). So sit back, marvel at Jackson's epic realization of Tolkien's world, Shore's beautiful score and the fine performances all round (McKellen is Gandalf the Grey), and let around 3½ hour fly by. It's as good as fantasy gets. About as good as filmmaking gets, actually
Rated 22 Apr 2016
100
97th
An extraordinary cinematic work. Grandly conceived, brilliantly executed, and wildly entertaining. And, of course, it's only the beginning.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
94
97th
My favourite of the three movies, and books not surprisingly. Amazing special effects with beautiful shots and fantastically entertaining action. Great performances from all involved, especially Sean Bean. This movie, and this trilogy, will still be seen decades from now.
Rated 16 Feb 2016
96
97th
Does wizard fights, crazy elf magic, and demonic pursuers all before the DnD party even gets together - and then it does it all again with more volume. But my favorite part of the entire rings trilogy is still the first setting, a perfect Kinkadean painting of the Shire in all its carefree country bumpkin beauty. "It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." I'll smoke some pipeweed to that.
Rated 19 Mar 2013
9
92nd
On a personal level, I don't care much for high fantasy epic. But you can't deny that this is an awe-inspiring start to one of the most powerful film trilogies in history. Stunning visuals and effects and a skillfully adapted script and plot come together to give J.R.R. Tolkien's original all the justice it deserves.
Rated 03 Mar 2010
100
98th
Utterly brilliant. Jackson and Walsh have perfectly transformed the overly long novel to the silver screen (the omission of fan favourite, but story-wise redundant Tom Bombadil is particularly brave). Shooting three movies back to back is epic movie-making in itself, and still the director perfectly captures the grandeur, the scope, the adventure of the original story, without all the fucking singing, eating and dancing that mares the pace of the original source. Watch in extended version only.
Rated 13 Apr 2010
100
99th
The only flaw I can really say this movie has was that it left out Tom Bombadil. I realize he wasn't really all that essential to the plot of the books and leaving him out doesn't actually hurt the story at all. In fact, it probably would have added another half hour to a movie that already stretches out the time. I just thought he was an awesome character and it would have been cool to see him in the movie. Long story short: awesome adaptation, awesome score, awesome acting, awesome everything.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
91st
Ultimate fantasy escapism. The recreation of middle earth is outstanding.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
96th
My favorite entry in the trilogy, and one of the most successful and faithful film adaptations of fantasy fiction. Middle Earth is beautifully rendered, from the quaint warmth of the Shire to the horrors of Moria. The characters and world are rich and engrossing, the pacing is excellent and story are excellent, and the sheer sense of wonder at it all rarely abates.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
98th
The first of the LOTR movies, and in many ways, the best. It's strength lies in the fact that it's the introductory movie, and when things finally start to happen, it is a complete wonder. I think it also holds the best emotional values of the characters, as it is more of a character portrait than the other two movies, which rely more on circumstances rather than natural reactions.
Rated 03 Apr 2015
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99th
Even after my period of childlike lack of judgment has passed this film remains a magnificent cinematic experience. Altogether a masterpiece and cornerstone of the genre.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
96
97th
The Fellowship of the Ring in my opinion is the best one of the trilogy. A lot of people love Lord of the Rings, and a lot of people hate it, but how can you hate it? I mean the cinematography is excellent, they got amazing actors, and extremely well developed, I don't generally enjoy watching extremely long films, but I can see the extended edition of the trilogy, and never be bored. It is a damn good adaptation of the book, Jackson couldn't have done it better.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
98
98th
The Fellowship of the Ring truly embodies everything about The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's beautifully shot and excellently crafted; it's simply superb from the start to finish. There aren't many movies that capture both epic and intimate as well as this one, and that's what makes it so special.
Rated 03 Jun 2010
92
98th
I must credit Jackson for making a great movie for a novel I was never all that fond of to begin with. While not completely accurate, I think it follows the book quite well and throws out all the unimportant and arbritrary stuff in order to replace it with better pacing and great character development.
Rated 12 Jan 2013
100
99th
Achieved the impossible, incredibly powerful story, soundtrack, characters, design, acting and well pretty much everything. Endlessly re-watchable, this film still surprises me even after watching it countless times. Strongest of the three (in LotR) on the fantasy/adventure parts.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
A vastly entertaining first chapter with a somewhat different genre than the next two, feeling more like a fun and somewhat lighthearted adventure than a serious epic of apocalyptic war. The art direction, designs, cinematography, and music bring Middle-Earth to life with incredible lushness. The casting is sensational, especially Ian McKellan's charming turn as Gandalf. Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian, action, WIZARD! YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Cut! Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
95
98th
As a huge fan of the books for years, I spent ages worrying about all the ways the film would get it wrong. Thankfully this flick blew all my fears out of the water in the first 20 minutes and just kept getting better. Shameless fanboy score.
Rated 26 May 2012
97
96th
I think it's the best of the trilogy. The second one has more action but less heart (and could you believe the entirely CG Gollum wouldn't age the best?) and the third one is like going to the DMV, it's inevitably going to feel like it's taking a lot longer than it should.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
97
99th
The best possible adaptation of Tolkien's work. Every minute of its three hour run-time (three and a half hours with the completely-necessary extended edition!) is well-spent, and the legend really DOES come to life with a perfect cast, a perfect director for the material, and a perfect musical score to go along with it. I have this movie practically memorized, and I still have not yet tired of it. Masterful.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
100
98th
An awesome start to the epic series.
Rated 06 Feb 2008
9
8th
the one that started it all! the actors are terrible and the story and characters are even worse. it was so damn boring and long. i'm really not into these types of movies AT ALL! sorry Lord of the Rings fans. i don't care how original these movies might be.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
92
98th
Best of the trilogy as the elf progressively does more eye-rolling stunts and the hobbits get gayer. Not that I have anything against hairy-footed couples in a stable and loving relationship.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
Perfection. Watch the extended cut if possible.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
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Rated 27 Mar 2023
90
95th
The peak of fantasy adventure and world building filmmaking; a cake built on Tolkien's wonderful adventure arc and heavy thematic opera of burden and meaning; topped with icing and sprinkles of CGI, wonder, and a few laughs. So much better than the DC/Marvel crap we've been fed for the 20 years since. Shore's score is soooo good.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
91
97th
The perfect start to an epic fantasy adventure trilogy masterpiece. Jackson does an all round excellent job of bringing the essence of Tolkien's genius to the screen, even if it's not a perfect retelling of JRR's legendarium. [spoiler] Even Sean Bean dies, so happy days!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
98th
The film that most captures the feel of the books in my opinion. It is very well done and Sean Bean as Boromir was a very good choice.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
95th
Tolkien done with justice. Peter Jackson has blown everybody away with this stunning fantasy. A compelling tale without the easy heart strings being pulled nor the watering down of content. A milestone in movie making history.
Rated 19 Jul 2008
100
98th
Amazing, epic, incredible....The Fellowship of The Ring is amazing in ever aspect. The directing, the effects, the battle scenes, the make-up, the set design, it's just all perfect and really shows of Jackson's talent. Simply just a powerhouse Fantasy flick!
Rated 22 Dec 2008
94
68th
Best of the three precisely because it has the smallest stakes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
97th
A wonderful realization of the classic novel, and the most magical of the three entries. Less action heavy than the following to, but equally compelling because of the strong character introductions.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
100
98th
Exceptionally compelling start to an exceptionally compelling trilogy.
Rated 20 Aug 2015
100
91st
One of those British actors, Ian McKellen, plays Gandalf, the wizard and friend to the Baggins family. Gandalf drops in on the Shire to visit his hobbit friend Bilbo (Ian Holm) on his 111th birthday. (It's good to see Mr. Holm and Sir Ian together, even though the special effect required to make the hobbit diminutive and Gandalf lanky and majestic interferes with their ease.)
Rated 15 Aug 2014
10
98th
The Fellowship of the Ring was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. I've always been a huge fan of LOTR & Tolkien's other works, and full credit to Peter Jackson for bringing my imagination to life. The scale is of astonishingly epic proportions and from the story telling, casting and performances to the set pieces, visuals and locations, this is filmmaking perfection. The sometimes muddled source material is effortlessly translated on screen and this is simply a timeless experience.
Rated 28 Mar 2011
99
99th
Another piece of the the complex puzzle that is Hollywood not letting Sean Bean survive a movie.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
90
99th
J.R.R Tolkien's writing could not have been brought to film any better this is truely a masterpiece.
Rated 14 Jul 2009
95
97th
Fantasy at its best. Jackson took this epic tale and did it great justice. Kudos to him. Huge thumbs up to the makeup and wardrobe department along with the editing team. I feel privileged I was able to see all 3 on the big screen.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
99
99th
A masterpiece. Best film of 2001, and best of the 'Rings' trilogy. It's not too often you come out of a film in amazement. Here was one of those times.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
100
99th
Other than Liv Tyler, I love everything about this movie.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
100
95th
This and the other two films are, collectively, exactly the movie version of "The Lord of the Rings" we've all wanted for 50 years. Magnificent
Rated 10 Apr 2007
99
99th
It sets the table, introduces us to the characters and is in itself a moving story. The best in the series for me partly because it doesn't get bogged down in big battles or carried away with it's own special effects.
Rated 27 Jan 2008
45
44th
I never read the books, and am not a big fantasy fan, but I make no apologies. I thought this was disjointed, hard to follow and uninteresting. Additionally, as the first film in a trilogy, it has no ending at all. It just sort of ends and the screen turns black. Beautiful scenery though.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
95
91st
The extended edition makes this already satisfying fantasy more beautiful, bold, funny and in-depth than ever before without sacrificing good pacing in any way. Stands out as the most subtle and human film of the trilogy and my favorite.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
85
84th
Great adventure/fantasy movie, usually I don't go hog-wild for this sort of thing but Peter Jackson pretty much knocks it out of the park.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
91st
An epic motion picture. Great, grand and handled with thoughtful care.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
1st
Everything about this film is terrible. No sense of socio-political complexity (the dwarves and elves hate each other, and that's about all you get) terrible dialogue and acting (council scene especially) irritatingly obvious music (no I will NOT like the hobbits because you play ditty-ditty over their supposedly "mischievous" prickdom, I will hate them and want to punch them in their little faces). Tedious repetition. Terminally dull videogame plot. Pretty pictures illustrating nothing. Empty.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
87
99th
I watched the extended version and it was 3.5 hours long. Even knowing the story and seeing the movie several times before, I didn't get board. The scenery and visual effects are amazing. While it's missing a couple of my favorite characters (Tom Bombadil) it still stays close to the book. I'm sure have read the books makes seeing the movie even better, because you already know the players. Great lead into a truly epic story.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
100
99th
A fantastic adaptation of the classic book.
Rated 21 Oct 2012
97
93rd
J.R.R. Tolkein's massive tale of Middle Earth is brought to life by the passionate directing of Peter Jackson and crew. As the first film of the now legendary Lord of the Rings trilogy, this movie doesn't hold back. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful and captures the scope of the world. The acting is top notch, and the story perfectly sells its stakes and size, something that is important going forward. Without a doubt, Fellowship of the Ring is one of the best fantasy films of all time.
Rated 08 Mar 2020
100
98th
The other day, when listening to people talk glowingly about the Star Wars series, I realized that this trilogy is my Star Wars. I didn't dive deep into the lore or anything, but these came out when I was in high school, and are now cemented enough in my brain that it is impossible to see them without nostalgic eyes.
Rated 11 Sep 2018
97
99th
It's hard to imagine a fantasy film that could ever eclipse The Fellowship of the Ring. Everything is about as perfect as you can possibly get: the casting, production, effects, story, plot, scope, tone, pacing, and character-work. Even as a huge Tolkien fan I can see the commitment to even the smallest details from the novels. It's cinema in it's purest form offering awe-inspiring visuals, triumphant music, and perhaps the finest fantasy adventure film ever made.
Rated 29 May 2013
100
92nd
My favorite out of the three. This is my childhood movie and I adore it so much. Epic story combined with great actors and wonderful soundtrack makes this movie(as well as the other two) one of my all time favorites. :)
Rated 03 Jun 2009
96
97th
Splendid start to a great trilogy. One of the epic adventures of all time. It is really difficult to believe that they have used so much CGI in this movie and also that a director like Peter Jackson who made movies like brain dead, meet the feebles could create a masterpiece. Hats off! To his determination and passion.
Rated 04 Apr 2012
93
74th
Big fan of the series. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is entertaining, well acted, and very well directed and cool to look at despite the running time.
Rated 02 Nov 2009
95
99th
The best adventure movie ever in my eyes. I won't comment on the story as it stands by itself, but the movie adaptation is definately as good as it could be. It captures the essence, starting merrily and slowly fading to dark adventure which grips you and leads you through the magically recreated Middle-Earth (the world really feels alive), held together by the eternal struggle of good versus bad in an epic, lively adventure that sucks you in. Easily the best LotR film for me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
96th
Can I criticize a four-and-a-half hour movie for not being long enough? Apologies to the serious nerds, but I think it was better than the book.
Rated 07 Nov 2011
85
92nd
An incredible accomplishment, turning an 'unfilmable' book into not just a good film, but an incredibly effective one. This is truly a masterpiece of scriptwriting, storytelling, direction and effects. The first in the trilogy set an incredibly high standard that I've judged many films upon since. One of those rare movies where every single element comes together to produce a defining piece of work.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
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99th
This movie had me by the first frame. A gorgeously shot film that captures the complete mythology and fantasy of Tolkien's world.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
95
99th
Let me put it this way: It's a damn fine movie!
Rated 26 Jul 2015
10
98th
The mix of breathtaking bird's eye pans and intense facial close-ups here showcase a layered tale that's as much of a heartfelt character drama as a grand fantasy epic, with as many internal battles as external ones, and pleasant bits of humour from the homey hobbits sprinkled amongst the haughty and thick war talk that keep the narrative from melodramatic cliches. Excellent acting, music, and time-tested special effects ensure that this wonderful story's film adaptation won't soon be forgotten.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
10
15th
which one was this? does it matter?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
10th
The longest dullest thing I ever wasted three hours of my life on.
Rated 02 Oct 2013
100
92nd
Start to finish perfection. Perfect casting, impeccable storytelling, brilliant visuals and exciting cinematography, an otherwise lengthy film goes by in a flash. Hands down the greatest film of the decade and the finest fantasy film ever created!
Rated 12 Feb 2011
82
94th
Having not read the books, this was awfully long-winded for me at times. Apart from that, it was superb. Great cinematography. Does the 10 year cinematography techonlogy gap justice. It has hardly dated. Great soundtrack. They did, however, use the main theme a bit too much, but when you've got 3 hours of time to fill, they'll run out of music at some stage. Great acting. Thought Sean Bean particularly was fantastic. Yeah, about time I watched this all the way through. Great!
Rated 15 Jan 2009
94
97th
The extended edition is masterful, the best book to movie adaptation ever.
Rated 21 May 2014
84
95th
Nothing new to be said here other than the extended version doesn't feel it's near 4 hour running time and adds to the characters. One of if not THE best fantasy films, and as good of an adaptation as we were ever going to get. Makes me dislike The Hobbit even more.
Rated 22 Sep 2016
98
91st
The theatrical cut is more streamlined than the home video extended editions, but as a hardcore Tolkeinite, I feel like the extended edition is the only way to watch them. However, if you don't want to go down that rabbithole into a 12-hour fantasy epic, then go with the theatrical cut.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
90
96th
Peter Jackson's first entry in the Lord of the Ring's trilogy brings the beloved series to life with dazzling cinematography and an amazing ensemble cast. Jackson captures the essence of the book perfectly before losing ground with the overwrought, nonsensical sequels.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
80th
There is no doubt to the impact the Lord of the Rings films have had on culture and it would be hard to argue that the quality of the films didn't deserve it. This first look into the realms of middle-Earth tugs on the heartstrings and tickles the imagination.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
98th
Breathtaking, perfectly cast and the beginning to the greatest story ever told on film.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
85
75th
Epic in scope and feel. This is about as good an interpretation of the book as any could have hoped for.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
93
94th
I remember buying the extended edition of this movie and watching about 5 times in the span of 3 weeks as a freshman in high school. As the start of a series of movies that I regard as modern day classics and an honest to god improvement over the original novels. Viggo Mortensen is fantastic as Aragorn, as is the rest of the cast anchored by Elijah Wood and Ian Mckellen. Shout out to Sean Bean in his excellent performance as Boromir. Not mention the great music and proper usage of CG and props.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
95
97th
Introduction to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Every character is handled well in this series, with noone at any time seeming out of place amongst the other actors, from Merry and Pippin to Gandalf, they command respect in their own way. Sean Bean shines in his supporting role.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
95
98th
I knew I was going to love this series when they did the Dark Queen sequence almost exactly the way I'd always seen it in my head. Brilliant cast, brilliant writing and directing. Not to be missed.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
80
95th
Beautiful story, well told.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
95
93rd
This is my favorite of the three.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
94
94th
The trilogy starts off with such a magical note. The scenes in the Shire are some of most "comfortable" scenes ever. An epic film that ceates a rich world to get lost in and amazed by.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
100
85th
Oh my god!
Rated 01 Dec 2007
90
91st
The first of one of the greatest trilogies in movie history.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
95
95th
An epic movie.
Rated 22 Jun 2007
97
99th
With all the hype that surrounded this movie before it came out I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed. Indeed I wasn't. A beautiful fantasy epic... my favorite type of movie.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
92
96th
Excellent film. One of my favorite movies.
Rated 27 May 2011
70
64th
Not bad. Not great, but engaging viewing and has a unique epic feel to the film.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
95
85th
and excellent first chapter to the LOTR story. Amazing stuff.
Rated 24 Mar 2019
92
93rd
This was a lower rating for me until I watched the special extended version. The 3:48 time spent watching makes a huge difference.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
96
99th
Though I almost know this movie by heart, I still love it to bits. An amazing story told with a great screenplay, wonderful cinematography, a captivating soundtrack and good acting, spotted with great humor.
Rated 27 Feb 2018
89
95th
Watched the extended version and it was good.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
35
6th
Agreed with TheRealJ-Ro that it's true to Tolkien. It's a gorgeous film, no doubt, but I was bored to tears. Still, it's an accomplishment and I would think Tolkien would be proud.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
62nd
god i love sean bean; the extended edition of this movie is very good
Rated 03 Mar 2010
10
99th
My favourite film and the best of the 3. Fantastic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
77th
Fine
Rated 06 Dec 2015
9
97th
Yes it differs from the book but honestly, much of the book's content and Tolkien's writing style in general wouldn't translate well to other mediums, certainly not the big screen. So of course liberties had to be taken and to say it could have been so much worse would be a gross understatement. The movies also omitted stuff like Tom Bombadil who really had little to do with the plot, instead choosing to focus more on the action and side characters, which were greatly to the film's benefit.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
100
99th
If movie is about escapism, this story truly does it, every time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
98th
Excellent first installment from the classic fantasy trilogy that did the impossible and brought Tolkien's world to life in a way no one expected.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
93
97th
Though I almost know this movie by heart, I still love it to bits. An amazing story told with a great screenplay, wonderful cinematography, a captivating soundtrack and good acting, spotted with great humor.
Rated 06 Apr 2015
85
93rd
Packed with heaps of content and detail. The diverse cast holds each other higher than as individual. Spends plenty of time with Frodo and Bilbo to provide adequate context.
Rated 27 Dec 2012
95
95th
Arguably the best of the Tolkien films, with probably the best pacing of any of them. Every event builds up and gets bigger if not in scale but in stakes - it never slows down but still manages to give plenty of characterisation. Great performances and I love it when Jackson indulges in his horror roots. The film spends a lot of time giving the backstory and building up to the climax, which manages to give a film's worth of characterisation in about 15 minutes. Warm, intense and fantastic.
Rated 26 Feb 2008
70
80th
Best movie of the three.
Rated 04 Apr 2014
90
79th
An awesome movie from start to finish.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
95th
Fantastic, a thrilling watch from start to finish, a great adaptation.

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