If you liked the first two Lord of the Rings movies, you're going to really enjoy Return of the King. It's as good, if not better than the first two films.
| Original Score: 10/10
Almost nothing in this ultimate J.R.R. Tolkien episode rings true, least of all its empty spectacle of digital effects. The sum total is Two Towers and more of babel.
It's a bittersweet finale to one gigantic masterpiece, rich with character, ambience, and exhilarating action.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This brand of strenuous adaptation is some kind of achievement, for sure.
| Original Score: B+
One of the most visceral theatrical experiences of all time.
Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Really, the film offers an embarrassment of riches to anyone caught up in Jackson's own mad quest to portray Tolkien's universe in all its manly glory.
| Original Score: 4/5
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jackson's movies are a triumph of cinematic voice, much like Tolkien's books are a triumph of literary voice.
The epic cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterwork comes to a satisfying conclusion with this third and final installment.
| Original Score: 9/10
...achieves a resonance not frequently matched in cinema of any genre -- its boundless fraternity and hopefulness make it truly something special.
| Original Score: A
Jackson's films do linger on the battle scenes, but they're otherwise more faithful to the books than anyone could reasonably have hoped.
Not one of the 10 best films of the year, but it would be no surprise if it walks off with many major awards.
As I watched this film, an eager victim of its boundless will to astound, I found my loyal memories of the book beginning to fade.
Still a good movie, but it's weak on plot compared to its predecessor.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Eye-candy and grand events with no real substance.
| Original Score: 2/5
... The Return of the King, is not only the best of the trilogy, but also one of the most amazing pieces of entertainment to grace the big screen.
| Original Score: 4/4
Marred, somewhat, by overlength, occasional silliness, and cloying characters, LOTR3 is nevertheless a technical marvel... and a fitting end to a one-of-a-kind series.
| Original Score: 3/4
Overlong, takes itself way too seriously and a case of much ado about nothing . . .