Oh Peter, 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not quite what you were aiming for, I’m sure. It can’t have been easy returning to the critically lauded Middle Earth only to be met by less than fond reviews from film Critics. Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote ‘the story feels less substantial than Lord of the Rings’, A.O Scott conceded ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ he describes as ‘an over scale plodding spectacle’.

Take heart, however Peter for the fans were loyal to you at least (well for the most part, that is if you look on Rotten Tomatoes for the Audience appreciation consensus) and it is the opinions of the under heard fans that we are here to celebrate today.

Why must the film go down in history as a failure when it pleased so many people?

Here are the Top 9 Reasons ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ deserves to be remembered fondly…

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This article was first posted on April 18, 2013