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filmcapsule's rating of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Significantly spottier than the folksy, charming first one, but it gets by on passion. There's a lot of high-fantasy mythologizing that would make me roll my eyes in another film, but it's earnestly sold and you can sense real belief behind the filmmaking. With almost 15 years of hindsight, Gollum does seem thin, but there's something so captivating, low-fi, even classical, about the way the creature was realized.