The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 8, 2014
This is the crowning glory -- a cinematic feat that satisfies at every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 8, 2014
Satisfyingly, Astin's Sam grows the most here, coming into his heroic own. His big eyes, gazing adoringly and beseechingly at the tormented Frodo, speak volumes about loyalty and bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 8, 2014
For all its mythic, metaphorical weight, The Return of the King and its two predecessors finally speak to the dignity and humanity of the smallest among us. And the best movie masterpieces have always been made of such common stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Stratton
sbs.com.au
December 8, 2014
The third part of Peter Jackson's monumental Lord Of The Rings trilogy fully lives up to its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Uncut Magazine [UK]
December 8, 2014
It may not beat The Two Towers for sheer spectacle and thrill, but this is still some feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
December 8, 2014
The best part in the best movie trilogy of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 19, 2013
In Return of the King, the battle for the very survival of Middle Earth and all its fantastical creations will be fought, and unless you are a congenital buzz-kill, you will feel the urgency, terror, and sweeping import of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 19, 2013
I'm still not as blissed out by this trilogy as are hardcore fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novels or filmgoers who revel in endless battle scenes. Still, this end chapter is as visually spectacular -- with its mythological creatures -- as movies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Total Film
November 19, 2013
A worthy conclusion to a modern epic. Don't worry that your expectations will be too high -- Return Of The King will exceed them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 19, 2013
Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious adaptation of JRR Tolkien's trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
November 19, 2013
The grand finale of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy meets the high expectations set up by its two predecessors.
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
November 19, 2013
As the series grows in scope, so do the emotions. Jackson modulations of scale keep shifting between the vast and the intimate, but it's all so perfectly paced, you're gripping your chair throughout -- because it all feels so urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2013
With The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Peter Jackson delivers a decent ending to his fantasy trilogy -- actually, about 12 endings.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 19, 2013
The Return Of The King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2013
Yes, the running time is long, and yes, those many endings in a slow, dreamy coda left me feeling spent -- better spent than I can ever remember.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 16, 2012
The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
December 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
July 8, 2011
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.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
If this wasn't quite the best movie of 2003, it was definitely the most fun to be had at the movies all year
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 23, 2010
...every bit as grand, as imposing, as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as anything in the first two episodes. (Extended Edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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