I realize a thread like this traditionally belongs in the Movies forum, but given that the LOTR Discussion thread there is 20+ pages long and filled with what appears to be rabid fan discussion, I thought I might pose my question here. Why the hell is LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring receiving such ridiculously positive reviews? The film is rated as the #1 film of all time on the IMDb (ahead of The Godfather, Schindler's List, and Citizen Kane?!) and nearly every amateur review I read gushes about how magnificient the film is and how watching the film was the reviewer's best three hours of his life. I've never read the LOTR trilogy, so perhaps I just don't get it. I saw the film, and it struck me as a visually impressive (though not stunning) film that dragged on WAY too long. Character development is marginal, at best. The score is overblown. The movie doesn't end -- it just stops. The plot, if you can call it that, is so simplistic as to be laughable. Am I out of my mind? Do people actually think this is the greatest film ever made? Is the excitement about the quality of the film as a film, or about seeing what I gather is many people's favorite literary work translated beautifully into cinematic form? I can understand the excitement some people obsessed (or even strongly interested) in the trilogy must feel seeing the trilogy's world translated so impressively onto the screen. Does that a good film make, however?