King Kong Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 9, 2013

It's unrivaled in its sheer cinematic quality, and one of a kind.

Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 5, 2013

The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history.

Andrew Collins
Radio Times
October 5, 2013

Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
Top Critic
March 7, 2013

"King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.

William Troy
The Nation
October 10, 2012

Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme.

Total Film
October 10, 2012

The grand-daddy of all monster movies.

Josh Larsen
August 9, 2011

...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
April 5, 2011

One of the best adventure horror films ever made, an icon of pop culture with truly erotic and emotionally touching scenes between Fay Wray and the massive gorrilla

Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010

Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
October 7, 2008

Wholly enjoyable.

September 19, 2007

All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Bigelow
Top Critic
July 2, 2007

Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
July 2, 2007

Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.

Wally Hammond
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...

Mark Bourne
April 4, 2006

'King Kong died for our sins.' It's a T-shirt seen recently in Seattle, worn by a teenager and illustrated with the original vintage image of the monster ape atop the Empire State Building.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 11, 2006

One of those mad movies, like Moulin Rouge! or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that fully justifies and deserves all the best and worst that can be said for or against them.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 17, 2005

It's one of the rare, great works of art that stands up to endless repeated viewings, each time revealing something new.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 10, 2005

charming fantasy continues to hold up and is a treasure trove of special effects that continue to inspire

Full Review | Original Score: A
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 7, 2005

This movie is part of why I'm so twisted today, and not just because of how that door and the hellish promise of what it hid teased its way into my kiddie brain.

John McGowan-Hartmann
Senses of Cinema
December 6, 2005

The continuing success of King Kong is due not only to its spectacular special effects, but also to the exemplary economy with which the filmmakers handled the screenplay, filming and editing.

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