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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Like all the other installments in the saga, The Return of the King is part of a good movie, but only mediocre on its own, full of awkward pauses and redundancies.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 16, 2003
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Overlong, takes itself way too seriously and a case of much ado about nothing . . .

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

January 5, 2004
Peter Lowry
Film Threat

Eye-candy and grand events with no real substance.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

January 6, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 5, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

In spite of the fact that the film will likely bust box office records, this reviewer is duty bound to report that it fails in almost every aspect.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2003
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

Is a seriously flawed piece of work that is missing that certain element called "believability." It's visual eye candy without the chocolate center.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: C

December 17, 2003
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

When we talk about Jackson's directorial style, what exactly are we talking about? The ability to juggle a production this size is a feat, but what else does he bring to it?

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 10, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Take earplugs, food, maybe even No-doze if you plan a last foray to Middle-earth.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

December 19, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

An incurable film until such time as Peter Jackson is moved to shorten its deadening coda

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

An uneven movie with yawns aplenty.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

December 18, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

I was more impressed by the first chapters, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, on DVD than I was in theaters .... Back in a multiplex for No. 3, I felt blitz-bombed again.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

December 16, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

The bad guys are, as usual, marked by incessant ugliness and vague non-whiteness.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

December 26, 2003
Todd R. Ramlow

It is precisely Jackson's pandering to fans' expectations that repeatedly drags The Return of the King to a halt.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

February 13, 2004
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
Jason Zingale

Return of the King is a worthy addition to this already legendary series, tying up any loose ends with imaginative filmmaking and an all-star cast that deserves some recognition.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

King is ... the final touch of an undeniable masterwork.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 18, 2003
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

This is a glorious film and I gave my entire self to it whole-heartedly without reservation.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 4/4

December 21, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The thrilling conclusion to what has become the film event of our time -- the definitive screen fantasy -- features more spellbinding moments, bigger battles, more emotion and more poetry than the terrific first two films in the trilogy.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2003
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Here, in scenes of quiet emotion, devastating violence, sweeping chaos and tranquil hope,is a profound conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy-the best American trilogy ever made.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

December 15, 2003
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