Spencer Kain’s review published on Letterboxd:
J.R.R. Tolkien is a big inspiration to me and I’m sure so many others, so I was quite excited about finally getting a biopic about him. It was interesting to see how some of his inspirations came about, especially during his time in the service and how that translated to him writing fantasy. The performances from Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult we’re both really good, I like both of them a good amount and they bright life to the people in appropriate ways. Unfortunately, it is a little too slow and not very entertaining in the way a biopic about the man who wrote arguably the best fantasy novels of all time should be. It’s certainly informative but he deserves a much bigger, better biopic. There’s some good moments sprinkled throughout the film including some nice cinematography, but it’s often more dull than it really should be.