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

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Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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 Source: People Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2013

Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2013
Mike Goodridge
Screen International

The grand finale of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy meets the high expectations set up by its two predecessors.

Full Review Source: Screen International

November 19, 2013
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade

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 Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2013
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 19, 2013
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

November 19, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 19, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

December 16, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 5/5

December 9, 2011
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

July 8, 2011
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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 Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...every bit as grand, as imposing, as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as anything in the first two episodes. (Extended Edition)

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

March 23, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

All hail to the King.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

May 12, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is a masterpiece of filmmaking and Jackson truly deserves an Oscar.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

A lot of it is just hacking and slashing on a mammoth scale, which is still just hacking and slashing.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

This is a filmmaker in the grandest tradition of the word.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

An absolutely absorbing finale which establishes the trilogy as perhaps the best mythic fable ever brought to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 4/4

April 22, 2007
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