The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The epic climax in the fantasy saga sees all races of Middle Earth, both good and evil, drawn into a war for domination. As Frodo and Sam inch ever closer to their fate in Mordor, Aragorn wrestles with his insecurities about claiming his rightful place as the King of Men.

Winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Visual Effects at the Academy Awards 2004. Best Film (Drama), Golden Globes 2004. Best Film, BAFTA Awards 2004.
2003Rating: M, Violence & fantasy horror200 minsUSA, New Zealand
AdventureFantasyBlockbuster

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

Total Film

Total Film

Don't worry that your expectations will be too high - Return Of The King will exceed them all.

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The Times

The Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

No flabber has been left ungasted by Mr Jackson's mighty battle sequences, nor no gob unsmacked.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

Some story strands are crudely abbreviated; others fail to develop elements that were already well-established.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The resounding climax to a landmark in cinema history.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

A masterpiece, rich with character, ambience, and exhilarating action.

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Salon

Salon

The final chapter... restores faith in the idea that popular entertainment can soar to majestic heights.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

A movie for our time, perhaps for all time, mostly a good time and definitely a long time.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The Return of the King is, at its most visceral level, a grand adventure with lots of fun things to look at.

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New York Post

New York Post

Towers above its predecessors with cleaner storytelling and a more satisfying balance between terrific acting and eye-popping effects.

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BBC

BBC

Majestic, moving and immense... about as awesome as cinema gets.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A breathtaking argument for director Peter Jackson winning every award there is to give...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

I can’t think of... another monumental work of sustained storytelling that surges ahead with so much inventiveness and ardor.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The final battle is kind of magnificent. I found myself thinking of the visionary films of the silent era, like Lang ("Metropolis") and Murnau ("Faust"), with their desire to depict fantastic events of unimaginable size and power, and with their own cheerful reliance on visual trickery.

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Variety

Variety

A “King” that earns its crown, 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.

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