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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    94

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today 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

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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

    out of 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

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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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