"If one looks at the movie on its own, it was a great movie, especially the extended edition. Having read the whole mythology (The Silmarillion, the Children of Hurin, the Hobbit and LOTR), there are some interesting liberties, however, that Jackson takes that, I think, diverge far too much from the true story. I have to rate the movie at a 4 for that reason. It is a great film, but read the books. They're far better."