The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Outstanding, but much violence and scariness.

PG-13 2003 200 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 207 reviews

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age 2+
A true master piece.

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age 11+

Wonderfully entertaining and bittersweet

Beautiful score and great acting. Sweet romance( coming from a person who doesn’t really care for it). Some violence, but there is never any muddled villain, it is only ever good or bad. Friendship, courage, loyalty, self sacrifice, and bravery are only a few of the positive elements in this movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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