100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The most emotionally satisfying because, in addition to having both more intimate drama and more spectacular battles, it resolves all of the issues raised before.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

An epic success and a history-making production that finishes with a masterfully entertaining final installment.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
As good as each individual movie is, the third film vaults the work into the stratosphere of classic movies. Key characters are enhanced, new civilizations visited and battles fought more intensely, while feelings and motivations are plumbed more deeply and movingly.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive, and it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The invisible wizard Peter Jackson makes use of every scene to show us the meaning of magnificence. Never has a filmmaker aimed higher, or achieved more.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Yet what I felt when the lights came up at the end of this visionary, titanic, relentless experience was something different: a strange relief that it was, at last, over.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Return of the King is too long...The various story lines...come together in stilted, episodic ways. The narrative is less-than-seamless.
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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