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Metascore

Based on 41 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
As completely real on the psychological level as its up-to-the-moment visual effects have on the physical.
100
Entertainment Weekly
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.
100
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.
100
Wall Street Journal
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.
100
New York Daily News
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.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
An epic success and a history-making production that finishes with a masterfully entertaining final installment.
100
Chicago Tribune
Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable.
100
Miami Herald
Feels like a miracle, a movie that exceeds even the most formidable expectations without straying from its singular path. All hail this King.
100
New York Post
A majestic conclusion to a nine-plus-hours epic that stirs the heart, mind and soul as few films ever have.
88
This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf's words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Though an estimable success overall, The Return of the King has several scenes too many and too great a concentration on battles.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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