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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

2022
Drama
Fantasy
TV Series
Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth (imdb.com).
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

2022
Drama
Fantasy
TV Series
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Rated 21 Oct 2022
75
30th
It has all the cool visuals and pretty music that a billion dollars can buy, but not much more - and certainly not any actual writing talent. The spirit of Tolkien is completely absent here, replaced with unlikeable characters, the "clever" narrative tricks beloved by hacky modern writers (play spot-the-Sauron with your friends!), and (*sigh*) yet more Current Year Politics. I hope this show was worth it to you, Bezos, but my time is worth more to me than this.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
30
11th
This glittering, goofy abomination is Tolkien in name only: a confused billion dollar fan-fiction that is quite transparently designed to evoke Peter Jackson's (superior) LOTR trilogy at every turn. Even if you ignore the cheap looking costumes, unlikable characters, awful casting, cringe-inducing dialogue, and complete disregard for Tolkien's lore, Amazon's Rings of Power is just a subpar generic fantasy story. Great score and visual effects, but everything else is so deeply disappointing.
Rated 05 Sep 2022
4
44th
Odd show to approach. It is by far the most expensive TV show of all time ($465 mil season budget) and looks fittingly amazing by TV standards. As a lifelong fantasy fan I can enjoy that visual aspect. But I also sympathize with Tolkien aficionados who find it to be appalling fanfiction. Shows how discourse has degraded in ten years that criticizing Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy for Tolkien divergence was perfectly legitimate, but the exact same avenue of criticism is now treated as a hate crime.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
1
7th
Made it through episode 1. It opens with a beautiful sequence, which would have been perfect if it weren't for the narrator describing to us what we're already seeing (try it without narration). Then we meet Galadriel; no one believes her that Sauron is alive, and it is repeated with no end for the entire episode. The only competent people are either women or minorities (just like in real life!). The one group of only-white villagers are racist and used to be allied with the villain.
Rated 04 Sep 2022
74
47th
This is a decent, visually beautiful fantasy show. It obviously wasn't written by Tolkien (well duh) but it doesn't suck either. Waaay better than The Hobbit movies, but not as good as the LOTR trilogy (which isn't without its problems either). I'm glad I decided to watch it and not pay attention to the hating cohorts, because as we all know, the web is dark and full of dimwits.
Rated 03 Sep 2022
30
5th
What a terrible story! It's so boring that I unknowingly started to type "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!".. One of the worst betrayals to the source material.
Rated 03 Sep 2022
30
1st
Film-making by committee might work for Marvel (although less and less so), but it certainly didn't for whatever this is supposed to be. For all that money, they couldn't find a decent screenwriter? Or anyone who ever read Tolkien for that matter?
Rated 24 Oct 2022
32
9th
So, this is what the last season of Game of Thrones felt like. Collapses under the weight of its own import - like the villain of its own story, it pretends at greatness, but it seems to know it’ll fall apart after even a whiff of self-examination. Putting the concept through an A.I. algorithm would’ve resulted in more original ideas and execution. I doubt I'll give subsequent seasons a shot.
Rated 27 Mar 2023
60
44th
Definitely not timeless - plays into Current Year so hard it comes with a side of ricotta toast. But! It's aiiiight. Captures a sprinkle of the mythology of Tolkien and the majesty of his huge themes (will, power, good/evil, burden etc).
Rated 14 Oct 2022
60
32nd
Middle Earth for Gen Z, made by a couple of J.J. Abrams-connected Peter Jackson wannabes !
Rated 16 Oct 2022
85
94th
Everything I had hoped it would be and more. Highlights include casting, production values and Durin and The Stranger's plotlines (1 season)
Rated 30 Aug 2022
0
0th
Seen the trailers, not going to watch the show. I realize this is not the way reviews should go, but with Rings I don't really care. The showrunners and Amazon hurt me with this one. Not with the show being bad, I might stand that, but with labeling the critics trolls. Well, if I am a troll for voicing my opinion, let's go trolling for real this time. I am going to rate this the lowest point possible without ever watching a single episode. There you go.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
72
56th
An okay start. There isn't really a single character I care much about, but I am interested in the larger story. I only wish they had focused more on character development. They often feel so lifeless and oversimplified. Far too many motivational speeches and a lot of style over substance to ensure a full hour of runtime. And yet, despite that and despite not really looking forward to this show after that bland marketing campaign, I did like it overall what can I say.
Rated 03 Sep 2022
90
81st
Great first season, really built a lot of the implied foundation or lore, albeit with twists. Great scenes, costumes. Characters are good but some of the acting/scripting feels forced.
Rated 22 Oct 2022
90
92nd
I have a heavy bias as a big Tolkien fan but that can cut both ways toward enjoyment of the show. Ultimately, I really enjoyed the trip to Middle-Earth and was surprised by how much I liked the Harfoots and Elrond/Durin friendship. I do think this show is best enjoyed if you don't have Silmarillion baggage floating around in your mind and the writing is definitely a weak point. The music and visuals are on point. I am looking forward to Season 2.
Rated 24 Oct 2022
66
51st
It got a bit better at the end, but its full of too many characters that you aren't going to remember their name (let alone care about). Its not terrible like the internet puts forth, but its definitely not a top tier show and definitely not worth the money that was spent on it (although the CGI is very good for a tv series).
Rated 17 Oct 2022
65
19th
This could have been good if they had just let the god damn show breathe. There is so much visual splendour and dollars on the screen to enjoy, but all it does is somewhat hide the shoddy writing. TROP is perhaps the perfect embodiment of theme park storytelling, where EVERY scene needs to be Emotional or Profound. Stories like that might work if it continually amazes, but if it doesn't meet that high bar it just ends up sapping you of all investment. Elrond, dwarves and Adar were MVPs.
Rated 09 Nov 2022
40
3rd
So so so unbeliavably mediocre it physically hurts.. I don’t understamd how such an awful script was approved. Really unbeliavable. Such amazing production so wasteful.
Rated 15 Oct 2022
80
84th
I am acutely aware that as I get older I become easier to please when it comes to film & TV, and RoP has got a lot of criticisms that I kind of half get, but found personally they didn’t taint my enjoyment notably. I love Tolkien, and this plays fast and very loose with the mythology. In the past that would have bugged me massively, but nowadays I am happy with just being given things of quality. And RoP is undoubtedly that in most every respect. Look forward to more.
Rated 25 Sep 2022
5
88th
Fan of the middle-earth universe. First four episodes: A slow quivering start; liked some parts and felt others were so-so, and something was definitely amiss. The slow burn is because of the format being a series instead of a movie. But episode five hits it out of range; takes a gripping turn. Awesome. Now I am hooked.
Rated 03 Sep 2022
30
24th
There seems to be an assumption that I care deeply for a dozen characters that I haven't even been introduced to. It might get going later but the first two episodes are 90% cold, dull exposition.
Rated 18 Jun 2023
62
31st
With all the hoopla and effort on production, it falls rather flat. I'm not a big LOTR fan to begin with and this kind of origin story did not provide me additional insight into the setting. Actually, in some ways, it made some LOTR characters (such as Galadriel and Sauron) less interesting. I do not think that I will continue watching it if it continues, I do not see the point of it.
Rated 06 Sep 2022
50
2nd
Watched for about 15 minutes then it was enough. P Jackson's Lord of the Rings had drama, comedy, suspense, good writing, acting and directing. TROP has CGI and a cliche, corny script. No empathy whatsoever created with the characters. Never thought I could end up detesting Galadriel. Compared to House of the Dragon its a very poor wannabe. BTW I love Tolkien, even the cartoon LOTR version.
Rated 08 May 2023
40
25th
This rating doesn't even factor in the great source material they had to work with. But the casting was pretty awful, following this recent trend of making everyone younger and younger. Like that tween reboot of Red Riding Hood a few years back in which the grandma looked like she was 45 but Riding Hood was solidly 17. I know, these guys are elves, but you'd think they'd at least look wise, have a bit of character on their faces. Milquetoast writing & plot, also. Cheesefest all around.
Rated 28 Dec 2022
50
2nd
Bad, bad, bad. The ensemble of non-sense and non-epicness mixed with light and colors inspired by 70 telenovelas made this monstrous amount of wasted pixels one of the worst things I've ever seen on television. I am not complaining about the actors, crew members etc... I am sure they did their best. Here the problem is the whole product. The complete misunderstanding of what a fantasy series should look like. I don't mention Tolkien cause It has nothing to do with the Professor. Bad, bad.
Rated 20 Jun 2024
50
5th
Watchable but forgettable. No standout characters. The general panning this received is justified
Rated 24 Oct 2022
0
0th
Haven't seen this & never will because it embodies everything wrong w/ Wokesters: parrots who see themselves as "important" because they repeat Woke assertions most don't dare question, lest they risk being called "racist". Exactly why is it "important" that a black child see a black elf/dwarf in THIS particular show? It may make them feel nice, but exactly how does it help the black child achieve anything to CHANGE a popular world Tolkien meticulously built on European myths and legends?
Rated 26 Mar 2024
30
10th
It's like the writers pored over Tolkein's writing, Jackson's LOTR and Hobbit films, and thought "What we really need to take from this, more than anything else, is the tedium. And the music of course, but mainly the tedium." It's almost impressive that they made the most expensive TV show in history this bad. Sure it looks nice, and Howard Shore's music is fantastic as ever, but is AGGRESSIVELY boring. You are more than 6 hours in before anything of consequence happens. Complete waste of time.
Rated 11 Nov 2022
0
0th
This is the worst piece of cinema i have seen in my life. Literally not a single aspect of it was done even on mediocre levels. Even the blue screen sets were so bad. Acting was atrocious. Plot and dialogue horrible. The modern political statements are super on the nose. Characters are so unlikeable you can't wait for them to die.
Rated 14 Jan 2024
40
19th
eng; [The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power -- SERIE]; eine prequel soll erzählen wie es zur Situation in mittelerde kam.; {Folgen: S01E08}; (welt fühlt sich leer an; schade dass equality vor einer konsistenten geschichte steht, oder warum sind in und nach der serie alle farbigen Elfen ausgestorben.; pathos der nicht getragen werden kann);
Rated 26 Nov 2022
60
31st
Cheap twists are annoying, honestly the visuals are 'pretty' but have no soul. I do think they did all the ethnicity very well, seeing dark skinned creatures was pretty cool. Reminds me of dwarf fortress with all its combo's.
Rated 18 Aug 2023
90
88th
I think the show started out with a difficult to follow structure, which may have turned people off. It may have been better to introduce each set of characters with its own episode before merging the stories later. I think the show does a great job sticking to the important lore points while being as flexible as it needs to compress a large period of time into a length of time that works for a series. Visuals are stunning, actors are good, and it enhances LOTR for me.
Rated 13 Jul 2023
65
17th
I feel like I'm the only person on planet earth who doesn't fantasize about this show and all who were involved in its conception being suffocated to death by a mountain troll fart hotbox. It's got some cool bits, I.E. Elrond's friendship with Durin, Durin's family, and everything else to do with Durin. It's also rampant with stilted characters, hamfisted themes and clunky story beats, so I'm not gonna put too much energy into defending it.
Rated 08 Jan 2023
65
15th
But only the first few episodes. not good enoug to keep watching. oof. plus it got spoiled for me.
Rated 07 Mar 2023
45
14th
Poor plot, poor acting, slow pace, fairly predictable.
Rated 15 Mar 2023
40
8th
A story lacking of the adventure lord of the rings is known for. Characters teleporting from one place to another just to move the shallow plot along. The landscapes are impressive but devoid of culture and empty feeling. One wonders if any dwarves live in the dwarven City, and if there are more than a couple hundred human villagers throughout the entire country.
Rated 26 Mar 2023
35
2nd
While the show has many cool set pieces, it fails to really use any of it in a meaningful way. The character's decision-making throughout is nonsensical considering the amount of life experience they are supposed to have. On top of this, they rush a key plot element at the end of the season that I now have no idea what they are going to do for the second season.
Rated 13 Sep 2022
40
18th
Visually stunning, but the storyline didn't grab me, so I have no desire to continue watching. Not surprising, since I really never got into LOTR or similar epic fantasies. I really got lost with who is who in episode three on the human island, and that was enough for me.
Rated 08 Sep 2022
67
43rd
S01
Rated 03 Sep 2022
50
21st
Forget this is supposed to be Tolkien and think of the names you recognise as just coincidences and it's not as terrible as it could be. Yes as usual all the main characters are strong independent wamen and all the men are stupid, weak, evil or all three - so the typical SJW rubbish, but if you can bear with that minor irritation . . . it's watchable fantasy.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
1
0th
So many things not to like. The special effects look like crap, the story is laughable. The cast is trash. Cannot stand the dwarf "princess". Horrible actress, so annoying. This is just pure garbage. They should have just made their own fantasy series and not butchered Tolkien's great works. I was so hopeful originally, so excited for a Second Age series, and this trash and all it's "messaging" is pure crap.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
0
16th
2 bilion dollars horse shit
Rated 05 Sep 2022
20
2nd
A billion dollars to adapt one of literature's towering figures, yet, for screenwriters they decide to hire unknowns whose only real writing credit is Disney's Jungle Cruise and an uncredited on Star Trek: Beyond, 8 years ago? Can someone please explain wtf is going on here?
Rated 02 Sep 2022
35
14th
https://youtu.be/__jiz18l84U
Rated 06 Sep 2022
75
88th
Entertainment: 4. Spirit: 1. Sustainability: 1. Family: 1.5
Rated 07 Sep 2022
2
21st
Rated 08 Sep 2022
60
0th
This review is based on the first three episodes. I was at first underwhelmed given the show's budget and IP. The visuals and style of some races are done well, but the writing, dialog, and initial plot are mediocre. Episode 3 didn't make any improvements. I wanted to see this because of the show's notoriety and because it is based on Tolkien's writing. If the story were based on some other setting, I probably wouldn't consider watching past episode 3.
Rated 20 Oct 2022
80
83rd
1 Season
Rated 10 Sep 2022
71
13th
Thi show cured my insomnia.
Rated 14 Sep 2022
30
35th
I don't hate the story and I enjoy the visuals, but I strongly dislike the characters and the actors portraying them. The pacing is off and there are some dialogue sequences that feel like an eternity. But any fantasy show is a welcomed edition. Even though that in a world with hobbits, dwarfs, elves, orcs and all other magic folk, we mostly watch what the humans are doing.
Rated 25 Sep 2022
50
20th
bu ne böyle orospu çocukları
Rated 12 Oct 2022
90
84th
ne bekliyorsunuz ki? 2000 yılının başlarındaki Lotr gibi olacağını mı? En fazla bu olur. İnadına beğendik.
Rated 15 Oct 2022
55
32nd
I think a tv format is a great way to explore the world Tolkien created, although so far, pacing is a slight problem. Needs to develop some of the more minor characters a bit more, as there are a lot of them, many of which don’t stand out yet. Arondir has been pretty great, would definitely like to see more of him. Looks excellent for a tv series (unsurprising with that budget). It has a lot of potential depending on how the story/characters develop. Also lol at people calling it “woke”.
Rated 15 Oct 2022
65
41st
Season 1
Rated 16 Oct 2022
55
25th
LOTR is proto-fascist drivel at its worst, so 'fixing it' is obviously out of the question. I liked some of the attempts, though, especially acknowledging that orcs can't simultaneously have free will and be just evil drones one is expected to eradicate like cockroaches.
Rated 18 Oct 2022
59
17th
The CGI is generally pretty great and while I don't like all of the designs, I find them to be generally okay. But the writing lets it all down. It didn't feel epic at all but rather as a small number of unkillable plot armoured protagonists performing highly unlikely feats in a ridiculously short amount of time, without any sense of effort or danger. Surely with this budget and richness of lore, more competent writers could've been hired. A big letdown. Not all about this is bad, but a lot is.

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