The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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  "Endlessly spectacular"
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-- George Wu, CULTUREVULTURE.NET
4/4  "Every bit as extraordinary as the series' first two installments."
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-- Glenn Whipp, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
  "A profound testament to the extraordinary power of moving images and sound."
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-- Gregory Weinkauf, NEW TIMES
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4/4  "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."
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-- Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK CRITIC
5/5  "É triste constatar que, a partir de agora, não mais teremos direito às nossas viagens anuais à Terra-média."
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-- Pablo Villaca, CINEMA EM CENA
4/4  "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."
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-- James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD
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96/100  "Peter Jackson and his team pull through once again and turn in the best film in a terrific trilogy."
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-- Joe Utichi, FILMFOCUS
4/4  "...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."
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-- Tony Toscano, TALKING PICTURES (U.S.)
  "There are people who understand every frame of this film. I am not one of them, but that’s okay."
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-- Fred Topel, ABOUT.COM
  "Like the others, it's faithful to the spirit of the J.R.R. Tolkien text while exhibiting its own vibrant imagination."
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-- Gary Thompson, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
A  "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."
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-- Frank Swietek, ONE GUY'S OPINION

  "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."
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-- Staci Layne Wilson, HORROR.COM
4/4  "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."
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-- Jeffrey Westhoff, NORTHWEST HERALD (CRYSTAL LAKE, IL)
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5/5  "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."
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-- Scott Weinberg, EFILMCRITIC.COM
4/4  "Will undoubtedly last through the decades as one of the most ambitious and mind-blowingly successful celluloid projects ever undertaken."
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-- Phil Villarreal, ARIZONA DAILY STAR
3.5/4  "Even the weakest of these movies is head-and-shoulders above the vast majority of films churned out these days."
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-- Jeff Vice, DESERET NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY
10/10  "A fantastic ending to the greatest cinematic achievement of all time! YES! ALL TIME!!!"
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-- John Venable, SUPERCALA.COM
5/5  "These are the greatest films of our era."
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-- Joshua Tyler, CINEMABLEND.COM
4/4  "Return is the equal of the magnificent opening episode, The Fellowship of the Ring."
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-- Lawrence Toppman, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
  "Amazing, stupendous, jawdropping and overwhelming."
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-- Christopher Tookey, LONDON DAILY MAIL
4/4  "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." "
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-- Michael Szymanski, ZAP2IT.COM
3.5/5  "Despite maddening liberties and narrative asymmetry, Return works well enough on its own terms of rousing, whistle-stop spectacle."
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-- L.J. Strom, BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE
2/4  "An uneven movie with yawns aplenty."
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-- David Sterritt, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
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A+  "Every inch the finale this saga deserves, cementing its place as one of the seminal cinematic achievements of our time."
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-- Rob Vaux, FLIPSIDE MOVIE EMPORIUM
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B+  "The director and screenwriter brings unity to a somewhat unwieldy story and handles the spectacle scenes with flourish and coherence."
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-- Philip Wuntch, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
4/4  "Both profoundly moving and deeply satisfying."
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-- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  "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."
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-- Stephen Whitty, NEWARK STAR-LEDGER
A+  "This film is everything a fan could want and possibly more. For three-plus hours, it entertains, enthralls and awes."
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-- Bruce Westbrook, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
5/5  "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."
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-- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
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3.5/4  "Pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion."
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-- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
  "Not only a thrilling experience, it closes the book on a truly satisfying trilogy."
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-- Desson Thomson, WASHINGTON POST
A  "Passionate and literate, detailed and expansive... it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious."
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-- Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is Peter Jackson’s crowning achievement."
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-- Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER
3/4  "[The] trilogy is, by any measure, a crowning moment in cinema history ... So why is the final installment, less than awesome?"
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-- Steven Rea, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

3/4  "Still a pretty stirring epic and is a worthy conclusion to the saga."
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-- Peter Sobczynski, CRITIC DOCTOR
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