“"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
Tolkien and his representative on Earth, [Peter] Jackson, really know how to get a tale roaring down the tracks.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Not only a thrilling experience, it closes the book on a truly satisfying trilogy.
Desson Thomson - 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
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
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
Dean Essner - Independent
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
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
The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.
Alan Morrison - Empire Magazine
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
...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
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
Eye-candy and grand events with no real substance.
Peter Lowry - Film Threat
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
... 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)
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
Brings one word repeatedly to mind: overwhelming
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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
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
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
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
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
E triste constatar que, a partir de agora, nao mais teremos direito as nossas viagens anuais a Terra-media.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
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)
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
Does this mean we can now kill George Lucas?
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
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
This is a glorious film and I gave my entire self to it whole-heartedly without reservation.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Grandly epic in scale, yet deeply human in emotion ... a fitting capstone to one of modern cinema's greatest gambles.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...is not only one of the best pictures of the year - but combined with its two previous films -it is possibly the most rewarding movie events ever.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
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)
As the capstone to one of the single greatest achievements of modern motion-picture history, The Return of the King is generally peerless.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
One of the best movies of the decade.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Although still denied the participation of their imagination, viewers this time at least get to have their hearts stirred.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Captures the visual grandeur and thematic complexities of the novel well, while moving gracefully from moments of the intensely personal to epic scenes of staggering enormity.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
The Lord of The Rings trilogy has ended, and it will be a very long time before a film is looked forward to with the same level of intense excitement, and with the knowledge that this excitement will not go unrewarded.
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
... fans shouldn't mind seeing [multiple endings] since there will be no sequels for this timeless trilogy.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
This unique series of films has reminded us that it is still possible to change the world, and that it is achieved in simple gestures of belief, love, and personal sacrifice.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
Take earplugs, food, maybe even No-doze if you plan a last foray to Middle-earth.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
It sets so many standards for filmmaking in its overwhelming epic wash that many similar attempts in the future will seem like pretenders to the throne.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Ya gotta watch.
Jeremiah Kipp - ToxicUniverse.com
A fantastic ending to the greatest cinematic achievement of all time! YES! ALL TIME!!!
John Venable - Supercala.com
A sight for awe-struck eyes.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Peter Jackson and his ... crew have outdone themselves, completing the ... trilogy with a sweeping epic filled with wondrous effects, blood-curdling battles and ... heart.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Push the term 'fantasy' aside. This is one of history's greatest epics and a brilliant conclusion to history's best and most consistent trilogy.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Now that the ending has been presented, I am able to look back and realize just what an extraordinary filmmaking accomplishment Lord of the Rings has been.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A spectacular ending to cinema's greatest achievement.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
If, by some obscene injustice, this doesn't receive the Oscar it's so obviously overqualified for, it will be one of the greatest wrongs in Hollywood history.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
We may never see anything like this ever again.
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Both the longest film in the series and the most confidently paced, striking an ideal balance of combat and camaraderie.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
'The Lord of the Rings" saga ends as it began -- with elegant simplicity and heart.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Something of a minor miracle.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
An uneven movie with yawns aplenty.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
a spectacular film of complex battles and breath-taking scenery
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The Return of the King totally rules.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
To say that The Return of the King is this already-classic trilogy's paramount achievement is to understate things.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The richest, fullest, and most complex of the trilogy.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
King is ... the final touch of an undeniable masterwork.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Is a seriously flawed piece of work that is missing that certain element called "believability." It's visual eye candy without the chocolate center.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This is a trilogy to be treasured, and the final chapter is a fitting capstone.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A dreamy marriage of myth and special effects, of great literature and popcorn entertainment.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
The Return of the King is one of the finest things I've ever seen. And that includes stuff like sunrises and babies and the original, unaltered Star Wars.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
John Griffin - Montreal Gazette
This is Jackson's greatest achievement: his uncanny ability, using every old and new cinematic trick in the book, to translate Tolkien's words into otherworldly yet eerily familiar images.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It leaves us with precisely the same feelings of sadness and satisfaction as are evoked by J.R.R. Tolkien's original novels.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
I didn't know movies could get this big.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The film is big and beautiful, like a landmark cathedral you can read about ad nauseam in guide books but that still awes even the most jaded traveler in person.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
On the surface, The Return of the King has everything anyone would ask for in a fantasy adventure: larger-than-life heroes, vile villains, cool monsters and battles galore.
Mike Ross - Jam! Movies
George Wu - culturevulture.net
Like the others, it's faithful to the spirit of the J.R.R. Tolkien text while exhibiting its own vibrant imagination.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This sweeping and marvelously entertaining adventure is the work of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker operating at the very top of his creative powers.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
A wonderful film, bursting at the seams with action, adventure, a staggering battle scene, and enough sad emotional scenes to milk tears from a thousand cynics.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Peter Jackson, you bow to no one.
Drew McAnulty - Jam! Movies
Despite maddening liberties and narrative asymmetry, Return works well enough on its own terms of rousing, whistle-stop spectacle.
L.J. Strom - Boxoffice Magazine
ROTK would never be classified as a horror film, but it certainly is a deep-dark fantasy, and it's more scary and edge-of-the-seat than any horror movie I have seen all year.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
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.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Every inch the finale this saga deserves, cementing its place as one of the seminal cinematic achievements of our time.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
This time around, the same jaw-dropping spectacle ... that previously was stunning is outright magnificent here, made exhilarating by the impending sense of closure.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An excellent conclusion and a triumph of filmmaking, this journey may be at an end -- oh boy, what a way to go.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A profound testament to the extraordinary power of moving images and sound.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
The most ambitious AND most flawed of the series.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Jackson has done a fine job, taking an immensely dense book and crafting a brilliant new look for a mythology that was born old.
Chris Knight - National Post
Even the weakest of these movies is head-and-shoulders above the vast majority of films churned out these days.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Epic filmmaking in the achievement scales of Ben-Hur, Gone with the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
There are people who understand every frame of this film. I am not one of them, but that's okay.
Fred Topel - About.com
The Lord of the Rings may sing the praises of kings and wizards, but it champions the courage, brotherhood and dignity of the common man (even if he is a Hobbit).
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The most amazing thing about this cinematic journey, even more than the epic battles, is its overwhelming emotional sweep.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Excellent as they may be, the first two films are really opening acts for Return of the King, which expertly knocks down all the pins set up for it.
James Hill - BET.com
With a sweeping narrative, mind-blowing battle sequences and gut-wrenching performances, could there be a grander finale to a classic epic? Not in this millennium.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
The Return of the King is the longest of the three films, but at the same time it's the most relentlessly headlong, the most eventful, the most spectacular, the richest emotionally, and most dramatically compelling.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
To put it simply, Return of the King is perhaps the finest movie of its kind ever made.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Alastair McKay - Scotsman
It's unquestionably the best movie about the battle for Middle-earth ever made, but it's far from the best film ever made.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A film that concludes the saga with a blissful unity and satisfaction, and sweeps us away with its nail-biting narrative flair and filmmaking verve.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Each character captures our attention by plunging us so deep into this fantasy story that a restroom break is unthinkable -- even in a three-hour movie.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It absolutely seals the promise that the first two films made -- to match one of the last century's most celebrated literary works with the first truly monumental film of this century.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Ultimately, this final act belongs to the ring-bearer and his equally diminutive companions ... This is a movie of expensive visual effects and expansive battle scenes, but when it comes to truly making its mark, we have to thank all the little people.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The movie truly is the most amazing visual spectacle ever seen on celluloid.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Still a pretty stirring epic and is a worthy conclusion to the saga.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
In other words, it's exactly like the last picture - only bigger and louder. And there's more of it... It ain't deep, but it sure is wide.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
New Zealand prodigal son Peter Jackson vaults past The Matrix and second Star Wars trilogies with the final episode of his Middle Earth saga.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Every bit as extraordinary as the series' first two installments.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Operatic in scope
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The best-paced of the three.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The second installment was better than the first, and this one is best of all.
David Ansen - Newsweek
This epic dazzles the mind's eye and astonishes with its shear girth of talent held within the frames!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Peter Jackson and his armies of actors and technicians have managed to do what the Wachowski brothers and George Lucas could not: make a perfect trilogy.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Le seigneur des anneaux : le retour du roi represente le joyau de la couronne de Peter Jackson.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
An enormously exciting, exquisite, even exhausting, cinematic experience. Definitely one of the 10 BEST of 2003 - and the film to beat at this year's Oscars!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
It will be a long time before we see a movie event as visually epic and emotionally gripping as these three movies have been.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
A staggering work.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
A movie that exceeds even the most formidable expectations without straying from its singular path.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The final chapter has more emotion and expands on the character development, not just the action. It is a fitting end for our travelers.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This is a long film, not to be squeezed in, but rather planned for. Best screened on a light day. Big action, amazing visuals, but not without flaws.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Insanely spectacular and never less than absorbing, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King not only fully celebrates J.R.R. Tolkien's classic literary work but fully explains Jackson's outsized obsession with bringing it to the screen.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
I was more impressed by the first chapters, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, on DVD than I was in theaters .... Back in a multiplex for No. 3, I felt blitz-bombed again.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Has energy and power, particularly in a battle scene highlighted by spectacular shots of catapulting boulders.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Jackson does a superb job of wrapping up the saga of the battle for Middle-earth. ...you can't help but gasp at the sheer spectacle of it all.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
With The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Peter Jackson brings his epic series to a glorious finish. And in doing so, he's made the greatest movie trilogy in cinema history.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
A grand adventure with lots of fun things to look at.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Even if The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers had not preceded it, Return of the King would rank among the greatest achievements of cinema.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The Return of the King runs for 200 minutes, and I estimate that I cried for 195 of them, give or take two, including through most of the end credits.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Looking at the sum of its parts, The Lord of the Rings is probably the best trilogy ever made
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
A rich, layered tale of a king, a wizard and two little hobbits whose courage saved their world.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Jaws 3D. Alien. Matrix Revolutions. The Return of the King doesn't belong anywhere near that list of films. Return of the King delivers.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A touching end to this magnificent series.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
It not only stands as fantasy filmmaking on a peak of previously unscaled proportions, it now officially takes its place in the Great Hall of Movie Mythology, the place we return to again and again to share our dreams.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Yes, good triumphs over evil, but watching the Rings series, we don't forget that real-life war and terror are accelerating outside the theater.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Like all the other installments in the saga, The Return of the King is part of a good movie, but only mediocre on its own, full of awkward pauses and redundancies.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A decent film, but overrated.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Conclude[s] a trilogy of movies upon which unprecendented expectations have been placed, and [does] it smoothly, gracefully, and powerfully.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Return is the equal of the magnificent opening episode, The Fellowship of the Ring.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Surpasses the extraordinary visual standards set by its predecessors.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Though it will take snobs another decade or so to admit it, here lies the end of a major landmark in film history.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Peter Jackson had truly taken me to the place J.R.R. Tolkien created.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Jackson's vision, and his capacity for bringing it to life... are unquestionably worthy of very high praise, (but) I never got the mind-blowing 'Wow!' I'd wanted...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Jackson's final entry is the best of the series, largely thanks to his pushing the boundaries of digital effects to their very limits.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and satisfaction before this movie begins. It may be your last breath for the next three hours.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
As the journey comes to an end, it's hard as a movie buff to think of anything on the movie horizon that could be more exciting and well-executed than "Return of the King."
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
A spectacle of the first order.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
These are the greatest films of our era.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is Peter Jackson's crowning achievement.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Epic filmmaking and storytelling taken to the nth degree.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Amazing, stupendous, jawdropping and overwhelming.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
[M]ay well be the transcendent cinematic experience of our time...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A grand, richly achieved fantasy epic that exalts such previously uncool virtues as honor, loyalty, self-sacrifice and chivalry.
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jackson closes his trilogy with a movie far more humorous, good-natured and emotionally engaging than its predecessors.
John Anderson - Newsday
A very fine achievement, moving, involving and, to many people, even inspiring.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Here, in scenes of quiet emotion, devastating violence, sweeping chaos and tranquil hope,is a profound conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy-the best American trilogy ever made.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
A masterful conclusion to a magnificent series, the cinematic trilogy against which all others must now be judged--a trio of films of astonishing vision and accomplishment.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Majestic, moving and immense, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is about as awesome as cinema gets.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Combines the best moments of Fellowship and Two Towers and brings the Arthurian trilogy to a rousing, satisfying finish.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Peter Jackson is a god among directors.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Virtually the same film as The Two Towers, only with a resolution.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Will undoubtedly last through the decades as one of the most ambitious and mind-blowingly successful celluloid projects ever undertaken.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
For three hours and 20 minutes, Jackson has made fantasy become reality.
John Hiscock - Daily Telegraph
The third part of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy delivers everything we have been led to expect: stunning battle sequences, glorious scenery, jaw-dropping special effects and wonderful performances.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
So impeccably and artfully done that we can hardly breathe, immobilised by emotion, suspense, the sheer spectacle, the intimate drama.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Sometimes intoxicating, occasionally exhilarating.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Special effects are first rate with the Gollum sequences virtually flawless.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An immense achievement founded on the enduring themes of loyalty, destiny, and hope.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Such a stunning achievement by Jackson that it's hard to believe that he could ever be able to surpass it even if he make a hundred more films.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Astonishing! Creates a new level of filmmaking genius.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
McKellan and Astin are the two actors whose lifeblood pumps through this saga
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
'We must ride light and swift,' says King Theoden. 'Pack a man-bag, everybody,' suggests a helpful Legolas. 'Chain mail is the new black,' he adds.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
soul-stirring perfection [with] such a rich texture and depth that it is all but impossible to take everything in with just one viewing
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's hard to overstate the soaring achievement of Peter Jackson and company... this film, and this trilogy, is a gift to be treasured.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Adheres to the values of its predecessors - it's brilliant, passionate filmmaking... even if it goes on far too long.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
More goose-pimply epic swirl and top-notch Uruk-hai smackdowns, but there's also more of the dreamy Christian allegory that highlighted the first film.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
At 210 minutes, some might wish Peter Jackson had been just a mite less enchanted by the Tolkien mythology, but I wouldn't have missed it for anything.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
You could open an entire can of hyperbole over this film, and still run short of adjectives to praise its majesty.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4