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December 15, 2003


Daniel Radosh

As of this moment, The Return of the King is getting a unanimous perfect score on MetaCritic. And here's the difference between a dull critic and a wise one. James Berardinelli of something called "ReelViews" says, "Labeling this as a 'movie' is almost an injustice. This is an experience of epic scope and grandeur, amazing emotional power, and relentless momentum," while Time's Richard Corliss understands that "an epic with literature's depth and opera's splendor... could be achieved only in movies." Really, a movie critic who thinks if something is really good, it shouldn't be called a movie? Get that guy a job reviewing books or something. And then fire him.

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