Susan Ager, a Detroit Free Press columnist, asks: “Are we ready to give an Oscar for best picture to a film that’s a mythic tale plus special effects with no acting worth noting?” Her opinion is that smaller films have more actorly “heart” that Jackson’s movies. [More]

On the other hand, the Chicago Tribune lauds the quality of LOTR’s original material, claiming that it comes from an “impeccable literary [source].” [More]