“"The Final Chapter In The Trilogy, While Still Being Tedious In Parts, Is By Far The Most Entertaining."”
“#3 The Return Of The King, Greatest Fantasy Epic Of All-time!”
“And Like All Great Things, So Too Does The Lord Of The Rings End. And What An Ending!”
“"My Precious" Said Peter Jackson In A Golem Voice”
“All Fantasy Type Movie Will Forever Be Graded On How They Compared To This Trilogy”
“A Movie Trilogy's Journey Comes To An End”
“Unbelievable! Best 4 Hour Movie I've Ever Seen!”
“THE TRILOGY ENDS!”
“The Best And Most Magical Movie Tale Of Our Time.”
“"One Of The Best Films Ever To Hit The Screens!"”
“BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME”
“Jackson Has Now Completed His Trilogy And I Cannot Imagine The Films Being Done Better. ”
“Without A Doubt, The Most Epic Film In The History Of Cinema. ”
“Too All My So Called Friends: You Can Take Your "Big Whooptie-Doo" And Stick It Right Up Your”
Passionate and literate, detailed and expansive... it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
King is the product of impressive craft and energy.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson's mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The jewel in the crown of the masterful trilogy.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Not only a thrilling experience, it closes the book on a truly satisfying trilogy.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Tolkien and his representative on Earth, [Peter] Jackson, really know how to get a tale roaring down the tracks.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Audiences who don't have halberds to grind and who possess rear ends of steel and a taste for declamatory heroics will find themselves rewarded.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
This Krakatoa is at once exhausting and riveting.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
[Director Peter Jackson] can lay claim to one of the greatest achievements in film history.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This film is everything a fan could want and possibly more. For three-plus hours, it entertains, enthralls and awes.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
The director and screenwriter brings unity to a somewhat unwieldy story and handles the spectacle scenes with flourish and coherence.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The word trilogy, which was handed such a black eye by the Matrix movies, is restored to its proper dignity with Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Both profoundly moving and deeply satisfying.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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
[The] trilogy is, by any measure, a crowning moment in cinema history ... So why is the final installment, less than awesome?
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A magical movie in every sense of the word.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It reminds you of the power of film like no other movie in memory.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Peter Jackson's final installment in his monumental The Lord of the Rings represents that filmmaking rarity -- a third part of a trilogy that is decisively the best of the lot.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Towers above its predecessors with cleaner storytelling and a more satisfying balance between terrific acting and eye-popping effects.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Completes the picture, magnificently so, and all honour and praise are due the visionaries behind the project.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A movie for our time, perhaps for all time, mostly a good time and definitely a long time.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This is the best of the three Rings movies -- more than that, it makes the others look even better.
David Edelstein - Slate
An experience of epic scope and grandeur, amazing emotional power, and relentless momentum.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A masterfully entertaining final installment.
David Hunter - Hollywood Reporter
The film event of the millennium.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
As a model for how to bring substance, authenticity and insight to the biggest of adventure yarns, this trilogy will not soon, if ever, find its equal.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Rousing, satisfying and awe-inspiring, The Return Of The King provides a worthy conclusion to what is both an incredible cinematic achievement and the finest fantasy filmmaking ever to grace our screens.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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
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
If this wasn't quite the best movie of 2003, it was definitely the most fun to be had at the movies all year
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
...every bit as grand, as imposing, as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as anything in the first two episodes.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
...every bit as grand, as imposing, as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as anything in the first two episodes. (Extended Edition)
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
All hail to the King.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
This is a masterpiece of filmmaking and Jackson truly deserves an Oscar.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A tale of heroes, bonded together by friendship, it's the very special friendship between hobbits Elijah Wood's Frodo and Sean Astin's Sam that touches us most of all.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A lot of it is just hacking and slashing on a mammoth scale, which is still just hacking and slashing.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This is a filmmaker in the grandest tradition of the word.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
An absolutely absorbing finale which establishes the trilogy as perhaps the best mythic fable ever brought to the big screen.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
A masterful moment in cinema.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
Imbues its central conflicts with mythic timelessness.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness