I asked this on another forum I go to, but I thought I'd ask here as well: I had always assumed that the LOTR movies were widely beloved icons, and had for years lived in fear that (like Conan the Barbarian), eventually people would forget Tolkien's excellent novel and instead only remember the movie. This was what motivated me to record vlog rants (warning: stupid, annoying and rambling) and which further motivated me to want to expand my thoughts into a full-fledged review of the movies--a 20-part-long one, if need be. But I Googled around (and, again, asked elsewhere) and it seems like these days, if I do a review that criticizes the movies, I'd be basically preaching to the choir. It seems like nobody considers these movies anything more than a passing fad, and people are more willing to criticize them now than when they were new, especially after The Hobbit, which apparently no-one liked. This makes me wonder if there is even a point criticizing them now. But I thought I'd ask you guys because it seems like you would be more in tune with modern sentiment than I would. So I ask you: Are these still widely beloved? (This isn't about personal opinions, but I would like to hear those as well) Thanks in advance.