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

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
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
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
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
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
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
Brian Mckay
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
Todd R. Ramlow
February 13, 2004
It is precisely Jackson's pandering to fans' expectations that repeatedly drags The Return of the King to a halt.
Scott Chitwood
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
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.
Mark Sells
Film Threat
January 27, 2004
It's a bittersweet finale to one gigantic masterpiece, rich with character, ambience, and exhilarating action.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
January 25, 2004
Jackson's Hole
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Independent (UK)
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.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 21, 2004
This brand of strenuous adaptation is some kind of achievement, for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies
January 19, 2004
One of the most visceral theatrical experiences of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
Jason Anderson
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
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
January 15, 2004
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
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
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 15, 2004
The epic cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterwork comes to a satisfying conclusion with this third and final installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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