I'll look later, but honestly early reviews usually are. Not sure if it has to do with the NDA's critics sign or not but it seems like people are free to write positive reviews in advance, and less positive reviews on the release day or weekend.
Quoted from Goronic:
They had to establish the Beorn character. He is very impactful in the book if you recall.
Fair enough, that's why I have been fairly merciful on flushing the whole trilogy until I see it all. Just evaluating that particular film, it looks like a horrendous waste of space. If he is only in the next movie for a few minutes, spending twenty minutes to set him up still seems questionable.
What really blows me away is the extended editions, 13 extra minutes for the first film and apparently 25(!) for the second. I thought they had used every second of footage they filmded for the theatrical cuts based on what made it in, apparently I was wrong
I'll have to check those out... someday.