The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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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
Cole Smithey
May 12, 2009
All hail to the King.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a masterpiece of filmmaking and Jackson truly deserves an Oscar.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
August 13, 2007
A lot of it is just hacking and slashing on a mammoth scale, which is still just hacking and slashing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
This is a filmmaker in the grandest tradition of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007
An absolutely absorbing finale which establishes the trilogy as perhaps the best mythic fable ever brought to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2007
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.
Peter Bradshaw
January 27, 2007
No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson's mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.
Clint Morris
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A masterful moment in cinema.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Imbues its central conflicts with mythic timelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Jackson finishes the epic with a flourish that leaves all other big screen fantasies thoroughly humbled.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Vic Holtreman
January 15, 2005
Let's just get this out of the way: Return of the King was awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 7, 2005
An incurable film until such time as Peter Jackson is moved to shorten its deadening coda
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
He (Peter Jackson) has succeeded in topping the series for the grandest of finales.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
October 7, 2004
Aucun texte ne pourra jamais transmettre efficacement en mots la qualité de cette uvre.
| Original Score: A+
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Peter Jackson and his team pull through once again and turn in the best film in a terrific trilogy.
| Original Score: 96/100
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