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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Academy Award® Winner
In the third and final chapter of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the forces of good and evil stage a final conflict for control of the future of Middle-earth.

Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Dec 16, 2003
This movie is WONDERFUL! a MUST SEE! itll keep you on the edge of your seat and then some, The trillogy is a wonderful escape from lifes hassles and makes you believe youre really there with Frodo and Sam fighting their way through Orakai and Flying beasts to destroy the one ring that could destroy all humanity! A MUST SEE!
Dec 17, 2003
Dec 17, 2003
There aren't any words that can do justice to this movie. Go see it and then see it a second and third time just to see what you missed the first time. If this movie doesn't win Best Picture then the Oscars are rigged.
Dec 17, 2003
Easily the best movie I've seen this year. Its almost no contest. The movie is three and half hours long and they don't waste a single moment of it.

Outstanding movie and an excellent end to a excellent trilogy.
Dec 18, 2003
Superb movie, definately worth seeing again and again. Only complaint, those who have read the books know that a couple parts were left out (probably for the special edition DVD release) But all fans of Lord of the Rings, or adventure/action movies in general will thoroughly enjoy this film.
Dec 18, 2003
Holy !!! This Movie is the best of the year 2003!!!! Vote For The best Movie of the year!!!!!
Dec 20, 2003
This movie was incredible. I liked the Fellowship, I loved the Two Towers, but this one is even better than the first two combined.
Dec 21, 2003
The best of the Lord of the Rings movies!!! I wouldn't mind seeing it over and over again.
Dec 21, 2003
Dec 22, 2003
I went to see this movie a few days after it was released for two reasons:
#1) I love the Lord of the Rings series
#2) I had heard from a few people that it was the best of the three

I am here to tell you that despite the common theory, this movie was a total disappointment and waste of money! I absolutely loved the first two of the series, so I naturally had high expectations for this movie that it just didn't fulfill. I found myself falling asleep during parts of it. It was boring and a waste of time and money. I found myself close to tears not because of the touching scenes between Frodo and Sam and other characters, but because I was so disgusted with wasting my money on such a terrible movie.

It was way too long, in fact, after just 45 minutes, I found myself counting down the minutes until it would be over. I would have walked out on the movie and read the book to find out the ending, except for the fact that I was with a few friends and didn't want to walk out on them. This movie was a major disappointment, and really ruined what could have been an excellent saga.

And for the ladies out there, it did not help that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) sceens were too few and too short.
Dec 27, 2003
Great movie.
Dec 27, 2003
Dec 27, 2003
Dec 28, 2003
This movie is a must see for the TRUE Lord of the Rings fans. Though the movie was long, it sped by quickly. Multiple scenes happening at once take you from sadness, to fear, to triumph, to reunion of the major characters.

Dec 28, 2003
Dec 30, 2003
There are not enough accolades I can give this movie. I was enthralled from beginning to end. A remarkable finish to a timeless trilogy.
Dec 31, 2003
A little bit long though..
Jan 2, 2004
The fighting scenes were great, but legolas wasnt always there! and at the end they cry like their life depends on it. another problem is, o wait there arnt anymore....
Jan 2, 2004
The Lord of the Rings is beyond a doubt the greatest movie ever made. Peter Jackson has done a remarkable job in making films about the second greatest story ever told (right after The Bible). The three films are really one movie chopped into pieces, but The Return of the King is the defining, ultimately golden climax to the story. It was breath-taking, heart-wrenching, and wonderful.

All films translated from books are horribly skewed, and that fact, though lessened, remains the same. Major events are altered or removed, characters are twisted (or, again, removed), and parts of the plot are even changed along with the morals and ideas expressed in the book. Nonetheless, the movie is stunning, and I think everyone who has the mental capacity (or doesn't) should see the three stunning works of art and be able to enjoy them for what they are: brilliant displays of genious.

I've seen the movie five times already and I plan to attend a theater this evening (or next) to celebrate Tolkien's 112th birthday occurring January 3rd, 2004.

"Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I come. And here will I abide and my heirs until the ending of the earth." - King Elessar.
Jan 4, 2004
One of the great trilogies of all time comes to an end. Jackson definately saved his best for last. Taking the great scenery and acting from the "Fellowship" and combining it with the great action scenes from "Two Towers".

The tension in the film could be felt out in the audience. Usually people start getting restless and start shuffling around in there seats during a long movie, but everyone was fixed on the screen. As much as I loved this movie, one thing about it bugged me. The ghosts. A little twist on the book that I didn't care for, but there was so much more to love about this movie. See it before its gone!
Jan 5, 2004
Jan 5, 2004
All good things must come to an end. \"The Lord of ther Rings:The Return of the King,\" is the conclusion of the series, and I hate to see the series go. The movie is three hours and twenty minutes of pure magic. Everything comes to an end and don\'t expect a sequel, because there won\'t be one. If anyone can pull this film series off it\'s director Peter Jackson for creating a memorable series. If you put all three movies together, you will get a 9 1/2 film. I don\'t think anyone can sit though a 9 1/2 hour movie at the theatre. There\'s one film that went the full length of more than nine hours long. In 1924 a film called \"Greed\" was made by Erich Von Stoheim that went to nearly ten hours before it was cut to two hours. Four years ago, a four-hour version of the movie was restored and it was shown on Turner Classic Movies. But back to LOTR. I much say that it has been a great ride for me. When the first scenes of the Lord of the Rings:The fellowship of the Rings\" has begun, I knew I was in for a big treat and i was right. Leaving the series behind is like leaving a part of you life behind. The series had live up to the hype. There are lots of epics over the years, and the \"the Lord of the Rings\" series deserved to be a big stand out. If you get the third film on DVD, do me a favorite. Get plenty of rest and have plenty to eat. Reliving the 9 1/2 hour series will be a pure joy.
Jan 10, 2004
Jan 17, 2004
Not a stand alone sequel. A good continuation of the first two. Dramatic and action filled. No romance though. A guy flick this time.
Jan 25, 2004
Geat movie. I wish it didn't have to end.
Jan 30, 2004
Awesome says it all. . .
Jan 31, 2004
one word GREAT
Feb 14, 2004
Starting with 'The Fellowship Of The Ring' the translation to the big screen of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy has been masterfully achieved by Peter Jackson and his crew.

Each movie in the series is brilliant, transforming Tolkiens world and vision in such a truthful manner that I'm sure the author would have been more than pleased if he were alive today.

The trilogy ends with 'The Return Of The King' which in my opinion is the best of the three (They all get 10/10) and well worth watching at the cinema more than once.

There's no more in this particular series but Jackson is said to be interested in making a prequel, 'The Hobbit' which is Bilbo Baggins' story about how he came to have the ring. That could be after he has finished his version of 'King Kong' I'm looking forward to both.

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Feb 23, 2004
Even though I saw this movie quite some time ago, and then saw it again, I wasn't able to bring myself to write a review for it until now.

I expected to feel glad to have seen the culmination of what could easily be called a cinematic masterpiece, done in three parts. A masterpiece it might be, but I can't help but feel a sense of loss that it's over. Sure, there's a rumor that Jackson may be able to do The Hobbit, but that may be quite some time away. This is it. There aren't any more LOTR movies to look forward to at the end of the year. That disappointment has been clouding my judgement of the third installment, a fact which will probably not be altered greatly until I have the chance to view all the movies again in succession.

Aside from some poor acting moments on Mount Doom and the somewhat jarring involvement of the "dead" soldiers, The Return of the King serves as a great final chapter in the film trilogy. The battle scenes are bigger and more fascinating to watch, and I've forgotten enough of the books to stop doing detailed comparisons to the original text.

It goes without saying that this movie is a See Now! just like its predecessors. If you are not intending to watch it, I'm sure no review will sway you. However, if you are on the fence and not sure what all the fuss was about with these movies, see them in succession. The first two are available on DVD (with special extended editions which are better than the theatrical versions), and the third will be in theaters for some time as I'm sure it will do well in the upcoming Academy Awards.

Highly recommended!
Feb 25, 2004
This movie has everything. Action, drama, love, and suspence. It's all in this movie. This movie is for anyone who has a good imagination. I love it!
Mar 18, 2004
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