‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Review Round Up: Mixed Ratings from Top Movie Critics

'The Hobbit' trilogy officially comes to an end with the premiere of 'The Battle of the Five Armies', but despite the praises it received from some critics, others say that the movie is full of simple fillers that lengthen the film.

'The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies' is the last film in the series and is said to give a worthy end to the much loved Tolkien story.

However, it currently has a 70 percent rating on RottenTomatoes because the film is reportedly flawed in many ways.

According to Scott Foundas of Variety, the film is the "most engrossing but also the darkest episode" in the entire trilogy, in terms of the visuals and the forces battling in the film.

"Only fans need apply, but judging from past precedent, there are more than enough of them to ensure that Battle walks off with the dragon's share of the upcoming holiday-season box office," he added.

Meanwhile, IGN's Chris Tilly said the first sequence in the entire film is the best to watch because the rest of the movie was filled with "too much padding" to lengthen its runtime.

However, he added that one cannot doubt that the central battle of the armies in the movie was "spectacular," adding that during the approach of The Age of Orc, the entire film took an emotional turn.

Independent's Geoffrey Macnab, on the other hand, said that the movie gave a sense that director Peter Jackson was trying hard to separate himself from all the other Tolkien stories he has brought to the silver screen, but that he "can't quite workout how to make a tidy exit."

But according to Macnab, amid all the flaws and loose ends that weren't tied up in the movie, it was the "strongest, boldest film in the Hobbit trilogy and provides just the send off that the series deserves."

Despite what many have said and will say about the movie, the final verdict will be decided based on its ticket sales when the movie officially hits theaters on Dec 17, 2014.