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Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.


  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Al Bollands
  • Kallum Tolkien
  • Craig Roberts
  • Harry Gilby
  • Colm Meaney
  • Laura Donnelly
  • Guillermo Bedward
  • Nia Gwynne
  • Pam Ferris

Did You Know?


  • Nicholas Hoult appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), as did Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in Peter Jackson's movie adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Like the Lord of the Rings books, the X-Men comics also feature a character named Sauron; created by Magneto; and a graphic novel called The Return of the King.
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  • Young Tolkien has dark hazel eyes, but the Adult Tulkein has clear blue eyes.
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    • Robert Gilson: I can die in any way the fates choose, that's not up to me. But what is within my power is to decide how I live. Courageously or timidly.
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Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Every second a heartfelt, stunning, and meaningful story that gives hope to creative minds and romantic hearts alike! A must see for anyone who loves a great story with a lot of heart.

Brandon S
Verified Review

A great portrayal of both Tolkien's early life but also a glimpse into turn of the century life in England. The acting and directing was so good that you could feel emotions. Loved the costumes too. Be prepared for some hard to watch scenes with the reality of war and the effect on loved ones.

Sandra W


May 9, 2019

None of the life we see J.R.R. Tolkien live in the film illuminates his great works of art — or even makes for a particularly compelling tale.

Metacritic review by Matt Singer
Matt Singer
May 3, 2019

Handsomely made in the customarily fastidious style of most period biographical dramas, Tolkien is strongly served by Hoult, who, after four X-Men outings (and a supporting role in last year's The Favourite), demonstrates that it's high time he moved on from that sort of thing to more interesting and challenging dramatic characterizations.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
May 3, 2019

If you were trying to produce a parody of what a Tolkien biopic would look like, you’d get the exact same film.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani