Grant Berridge’s review published on Letterboxd :
I watched the so-called Director's cut, but I suspect that Sir Pete didn't actually cut anything from this version. It's SOOO long. I love that the trilogy exists and is of such stunning quality, but I really have a hard time watching this episode. It's truly a labour of love.
After the third hour of high tension, I just needed a rest. I started screaming at the screen "End it! End it! End it! End it! End it! End it! PLEASE END IT!". Fortunately, they heard me, and ended it, seven laborious times in slow motion!!!
Definitely the most overwrought and self-indulgent movie of the trilogy. I'd rather watch the Fellowship of the Ring 3 times in a row than sit through this one again.
And yet, I love it. Not sure why. Perhaps it's because I'm a Kiwi? Perhaps it's just because it gives so much closure (...so many times!)?