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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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
June 3, 2004
If every film were this spectacular theaters and movie studios could raise ticket prices by $5 and I wouldn’t feel cheated.
| Original Score: 4/4
June 2, 2004
By this point, Jackson has proven himself a master at wielding both a huge story line and cast, not to mention overseeing special effects that must make George Lucas take pause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2004
Truly awe-inspiring. If it takes a while to get going, and seems to overstay its welcome with an overlong ending, I forgive it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 10, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 28, 2004
[Jackson's] greatest achievement may well be that the best, most enduring moments arrive in small moments of truth...
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
February 21, 2004
minor quibbles aside, only the most cynical can resist being caught up in the sheer grandeur and majesty of this film
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 19, 2004
'Una obra maestra que se ha ganado un lugar como uno de los puntos más altos en la historia del cine. Gracias, señor Jackson, por habernos devuelto la capacidad de soñar'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2004
It is precisely Jackson's pandering to fans' expectations that repeatedly drags The Return of the King to a halt.
February 7, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 5, 2004
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.
January 27, 2004
It's a bittersweet finale to one gigantic masterpiece, rich with character, ambience, and exhilarating action.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 25, 2004
Jackson's Hole
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 24, 2004
The New Zealand landscape, as ever, shovels its way into your psyche and the huge battle scenes feel as personal and fraught with tension as domestic dramas.
January 21, 2004
This brand of strenuous adaptation is some kind of achievement, for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2004
One of the most visceral theatrical experiences of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 15, 2004
Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 15, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2004
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 15, 2004
Jackson's movies are a triumph of cinematic voice, much like Tolkien's books are a triumph of literary voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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