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

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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.
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.
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.
January 15, 2004
Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.
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 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.
December 18, 2003
Both the longest film in the series and the most confidently paced, striking an ideal balance of combat and camaraderie.
December 17, 2003
Completes the picture, magnificently so, and all honour and praise are due the visionaries behind the project.
December 17, 2003
The thrilling conclusion to what has become the film event of our time -- the definitive screen fantasy -- features more spellbinding moments, bigger battles, more emotion and more poetry than the terrific first two films in the trilogy.
December 17, 2003
A movie for our time, perhaps for all time, mostly a good time and definitely a long time.
December 17, 2003
It reminds you of the power of film like no other movie in memory.
December 17, 2003
I went along with the first and admired the second, but it wasn't until the third that I was swept away by the magnitude of Jackson's vision.
December 17, 2003
Confirms Jackson's reputation as a kinetic director who has made author J.R.R. Tolkien's work his own -- not as plagiarist but as a visionary.
December 17, 2003
Return of the King is such a crowning achievement, such a visionary use of all the tools of special effects, such a pure spectacle, that it can be enjoyed even by those who have not seen the first two films.
December 17, 2003
The final chapter completes The Lord of the Rings series in thrilling style -- and restores faith in the idea that popular entertainment can soar to majestic heights.
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