At midnight last night, the embargo on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” reviews ended, and the world began to see what director Peter Jackson has prepared for our return trip to Middle-earth.

Most of the early reviews from bloggers praise the visuals and Jackson’s undeniable ability to convincingly build a fantasy world, but complain of pacing problems and the repetitive nature of J.R.R. Tolkien’s story, which may or may not translate well onto film.

Here’s an early look at what the critics are saying about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

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