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Rousing, satisfying and awe-inspiring, The Return Of The King provides a worthy conclusion to what is both an incredible cinematic achievement and the finest fantasy filmmaking ever to grace our screens.
| Original Score: 5/5
The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.
| Original Score: 7/10
When I met the barefooted scruff [Peter Jackson] two years ago, he regretted he'd never been to Birmingham to see Tolkien's inspirations at first hand.
An insurmountable amount of extras comes second only to New Line Home Video's stunning visual and audio transfer of Peter Jackson's exhilarating and exhausting epic.
If this wasn't quite the best movie of 2003, it was definitely the most fun to be had at the movies all year
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...every bit as grand, as imposing, as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as anything in the first two episodes. (Extended Edition)
| Original Score: 9/10
All hail to the King.
| Original Score: A
This is a masterpiece of filmmaking and Jackson truly deserves an Oscar.
| Original Score: 4/4
A tale of heroes, bonded together by friendship, it's the very special friendship between hobbits Elijah Wood's Frodo and Sean Astin's Sam that touches us most of all.
A lot of it is just hacking and slashing on a mammoth scale, which is still just hacking and slashing.
| Original Score: 3/5
This is a filmmaker in the grandest tradition of the word.
An absolutely absorbing finale which establishes the trilogy as perhaps the best mythic fable ever brought to the big screen.
Standing out amid an excellent cast is Elijah Wood, stymied by tweeness in the earlier films but here convincingly developing the character of Frodo as the embodiment of valor and self-sacrifice.
No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson's mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked.
| Original Score: 4/5
Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.
A masterful moment in cinema.
Imbues its central conflicts with mythic timelessness.
| Original Score: A-
A truly cinematic experience that you'll find practically impossible to forget and a more than fitting end to one of the greatest film franchises ever made.
Let's just get this out of the way: Return of the King was awesome.
Jackson finishes the epic with a flourish that leaves all other big screen fantasies thoroughly humbled.
| Original Score: A