The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug comes out this weekend, but is it worth rushing to see it in theaters? The critics seem to be unsure about that.
The reviews, however, seem to universally believe that Smaug is much better than the first movie, last year's An Unexpected Journey, so there's that.
Also the titular character, a fire-breathing dragon voiced by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, could be worth the price of admission alone.
You can make up your own mind, but here are two of the film's trailers as well as excerpts from critics to give you an idea of what you can expect ...
"Now we have the sequel. And you know? It's livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie's harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several wing-ding action sequences." - Chicago Tribune
"A year ago, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got the job done, but it was too bright and busy and noisy, with creatures that kept popping up as if out of a jack-in-the-box. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a more grandly somber movie, and also a much better one, with forces of boldly intense and unified malevolence." - Entertainment Weekly