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

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August 22, 2017
Ultimately, the chief difference between this film and its two predecessors is the presence of resolution. The story ends, just like we all knew it would. And there's something inherently disappointing about that.
December 16, 2003
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.
February 9, 2006
Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.
January 5, 2004
Overlong, takes itself way too seriously and a case of much ado about nothing . . .
December 13, 2017
Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn is the good king of the title, and while the actor may look fetching in a crown and cloak, he doesn't have half of the gravitas of Sean Bean's Boromir in the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 6, 2004
Eye-candy and grand events with no real substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
December 31, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2003
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 | Original Score: C
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
December 19, 2003
Take earplugs, food, maybe even No-doze if you plan a last foray to Middle-earth.
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
December 18, 2003
An uneven movie with yawns aplenty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2003
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.
December 26, 2003
The bad guys are, as usual, marked by incessant ugliness and vague non-whiteness.
February 13, 2004
It is precisely Jackson's pandering to fans' expectations that repeatedly drags The Return of the King to a halt.
February 28, 2018
This atavistic Christians-vs-Moors narrative doesn't belong in the present day, and that's no doubt why so many people are addicted to it: it's so ideologically overstated that it can easily be brushed off as harmlessly quaint escapism.
December 17, 2003
An excellent conclusion and a triumph of filmmaking, this journey may be at an end -- oh boy, what a way to go.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 14, 2019
At a whopping, hilarious, 4.20 duration for the extended version, Return of the King is the Oscar-winning, magnum opus of the franchise.
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