The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"In Return of the King, the battle for the very survival of Middle Earth and all its fantastical creations will be fought, and unless you are a congenital buzz-kill, you will feel the urgency, terror, and sweeping import of it all."
‑ Dan DeMaggio, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious adaptation of JRR Tolkien's trilogy."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I'm still not as blissed out by this trilogy as are hardcore fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novels or filmgoers who revel in endless battle scenes. Still, this end chapter is as visually spectacular -- with its mythological creatures -- as movies get."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The grand finale of Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy meets the high expectations set up by its two predecessors."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"When I met the barefooted scruff [Peter Jackson] two years ago, he regretted he'd never been to Birmingham to see Tolkien's inspirations at first hand."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A worthy conclusion to a modern epic. Don't worry that your expectations will be too high -- Return Of The King will exceed them all."
‑ , Total Film
"As the series grows in scope, so do the emotions. Jackson modulations of scale keep shifting between the vast and the intimate, but it's all so perfectly paced, you're gripping your chair throughout -- because it all feels so urgent."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"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."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
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