Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "This Friday marks the first theatrical release of a full-length film shot in 48FPS aka HFR3D. Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is a three-part adaptation of the novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson decided early on that his new series would look distinctly different than the previously shot Lord of the Rings series, because he chose to speed up the frame-rate and shoot at 48 frames-per-second, opposed to the traditional 24 frames-per-second. The result is an unbalanced mess of reactions, with some landing positive, but most remaining somewhat negative and questionable. Here’s my initial reactions to seeing the format on the big-screen for the very first time."