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

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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.
February 27, 2018
The sense of closure is exquisite, but I'm not sure I'm able to forgive Peter Jackson for the three years that he has taken to put it on the screen. The wait has been excruciating.
December 14, 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.
December 8, 2014
The third part of Peter Jackson's monumental Lord Of The Rings trilogy fully lives up to its predecessors.
November 19, 2013
With The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Peter Jackson delivers a decent ending to his fantasy trilogy -- actually, about 12 endings.
November 19, 2013
The Return Of The King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends.
November 19, 2013
Yes, the running time is long, and yes, those many endings in a slow, dreamy coda left me feeling spent -- better spent than I can ever remember.
July 8, 2011
An insurmountable amount of extras comes second only to New Line Home Video's stunning visual and audio transfer of Peter Jackson's exhilarating and exhausting epic.
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.
January 27, 2007
No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson's mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked.
February 9, 2006
Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.
May 4, 2005
Imbues its central conflicts with mythic timelessness.
January 25, 2004
Jackson's Hole
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 15, 2004
Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.
January 15, 2004
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
January 6, 2004
As I watched this film, an eager victim of its boundless will to astound, I found my loyal memories of the book beginning to fade.
December 24, 2003
And if, ultimately, The Return of the King isn't quite the thrilling conclusion we were all quite hoping for, it is still very much a rousingly successful end to what may be the most accomplished and satisfying movie trilogy of all time.
December 21, 2003
As the capstone to one of the single greatest achievements of modern motion-picture history, The Return of the King is generally peerless.
December 18, 2003
Not only has Jackson boldly and faithfully brought J.R.R. Tolkien's world to life, he's created the most epic and sweeping fantasy adventure of all time.
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