“"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
A truly cinematic experience that you'll find practically impossible to forget and a more than fitting end to one of the greatest film franchises ever made.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Let's just get this out of the way: Return of the King was awesome.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Jackson finishes the epic with a flourish that leaves all other big screen fantasies thoroughly humbled.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
An incurable film until such time as Peter Jackson is moved to shorten its deadening coda
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
He (Peter Jackson) has succeeded in topping the series for the grandest of finales.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Aucun texte ne pourra jamais transmettre efficacement en mots la qualite de cette uvre.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Peter Jackson and his team pull through once again and turn in the best film in a terrific trilogy.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
If every film were this spectacular theaters and movie studios could raise ticket prices by $5 and I wouldn’t feel cheated.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Truly awe-inspiring. If it takes a while to get going, and seems to overstay its welcome with an overlong ending, I forgive it.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
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?
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
[Jackson's] greatest achievement may well be that the best, most enduring moments arrive in small moments of truth...
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
minor quibbles aside, only the most cynical can resist being caught up in the sheer grandeur and majesty of this film
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
'Una obra maestra que se ha ganado un lugar como uno de los puntos mas altos en la historia del cine. Gracias, senor Jackson, por habernos devuelto la capacidad de sonar'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
It is precisely Jackson's pandering to fans' expectations that repeatedly drags The Return of the King to a halt.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
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.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
It's a bittersweet finale to one gigantic masterpiece, rich with character, ambience, and exhilarating action.
Mark Sells - Film Threat
Jeannette Catsoulis - Las Vegas Mercury
This brand of strenuous adaptation is some kind of achievement, for sure.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
One of the most visceral theatrical experiences of all time.
Glen Oliver - IGN Movies
Really, the film offers an embarrassment of riches to anyone caught up in Jackson's own mad quest to portray Tolkien's universe in all its manly glory.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Jackson's movies are a triumph of cinematic voice, much like Tolkien's books are a triumph of literary voice.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
Alan Morrison - Empire Magazine
The epic cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterwork comes to a satisfying conclusion with this third and final installment.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
...achieves a resonance not frequently matched in cinema of any genre -- its boundless fraternity and hopefulness make it truly something special.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Jackson's films do linger on the battle scenes, but they're otherwise more faithful to the books than anyone could reasonably have hoped.
Chris Scantleberry - MSNBC
Still a good movie, but it's weak on plot compared to its predecessor.
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
Eye-candy and grand events with no real substance.
Peter Lowry - Film Threat
Not one of the 10 best films of the year, but it would be no surprise if it walks off with many major awards.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... The Return of the King, is not only the best of the trilogy, but also one of the most amazing pieces of entertainment to grace the big screen.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Marred, somewhat, by overlength, occasional silliness, and cloying characters, LOTR3 is nevertheless a technical marvel... and a fitting end to a one-of-a-kind series.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Overlong, takes itself way too seriously and a case of much ado about nothing . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Not to be missed -- a wonderful blend of Old Hollywood-style entertainment with modern technical skills, of brain candy and food for the soul. You'll never look at epics the same way again.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Ultimately this journey has been about the endgame, and now that we're here, we get a shattering sense of all that is at stake.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Brings one word repeatedly to mind: overwhelming
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
If Peter Jackson doesn't win the Oscar for best director then I'm going to boycott the awards for the rest of my life.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Como parte de una trilogia mantiene el nivel de las anteriores. Pero como pelicula individual, algo le esta faltando. O mas bien, sobrando. O las dos cosas...
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The big-screen, big-everything adaptation of the 20th century's most powerful fantasy epic reaches a stunning finale.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The bad guys are, as usual, marked by incessant ugliness and vague non-whiteness.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
E triste constatar que, a partir de agora, nao mais teremos direito as nossas viagens anuais a Terra-media.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
masterfully compelling...inherently grand, vibrant, inviting and whimsically overwhelming...packs an urgent sense of vitality into this third installment...purely magnetic
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
There's a reason these are instant classics: good core story+skillful execution+ the sense of cohesion between the 3 chapters = satsfying movies.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Jackson and his company have set the bar so high for 21st-century filmmaking, it may be another millennium before it is surpassed.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
The Return of the King delivers the same awe-inspiring visuals as Jackson's two previous films without ever coming off like it's simply 'more of the same.'
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Does this mean we can now kill George Lucas?
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
The movie's refusal to end will likely test the patience of even the most ardent Lord of the Rings fan, and it's a shame that the series ends on such a flat note.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
- Sunday Times (Australia)
Jackson's virtuosity in handling the myriad challenges of such an epic production places him as the Cecil B. DeMille of the new millennium
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Not for the faint of heart or weak of bladder, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is a majestic finale.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)