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King Kong Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A brilliantly structured adventure movie.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005
James Berardinelli
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In many ways, Kong is still king.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 6, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Film is an agent of imagination, and King Kong demonstrates this with remarkable technical proficiency and innovation...

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

December 6, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The beauty of this original King Kong is that there's more to it than the oversized gorilla.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

In much the same manner as The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life, it long ago entered into the national consciousness as an enduring part of our heritage.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 4/4

November 30, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

One of the finest adventure movies ever made and the true prototype for all monster movies to follow, KING KONG is, even after 83 years, still the one true ruler of high-end escapist cinema.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 5/5

November 30, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Beat your chest for this one.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: A

November 24, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...stands as an innovative trailblazer, to be sure, but mostly it continues to be just plain fun.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

November 13, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

It's gonna be hard for Jackson to top this one!

| Original Score: 5/5

January 16, 2005
Staci Layne Wilson

Beastly fun!

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January 2, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Though the story's logic is ludicrous if one ever stops to think about it, the movie creates a reality all its own.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 29, 2004
Christopher Null

There are very few works of cinema that stand up to repeated viewings and decades of changing film mores and audience expectations. Most notable among these is the classic King Kong.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 23, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Perhaps we have fallen in love with this movie because we distrust our civilization and feel betrayed that we have lost our sense of nature.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 28, 2004
Greg Muskewitz

Still to this day it doesn't come off as cheesy and that's because the filmmakers never approached it as such.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 21, 2004
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

King Kong exemplifies a sort of personal expressiveness and cinematic mysticism that's all the more awesome for its apparent outmodedness.

| Original Score: A+

July 30, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

While Kong is, in most scenes, only an 18-inch studio model, the stop motion special effects are so intelligently accomplished and lovingly detailed that the animated gorilla often appears more expressive than the human actors.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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Through multiple exposures, processed 'shots' and a variety of angles of camera wizardry the producers set forth an adequate story and furnish enough thrills for any devotee of such tales.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The film is everything solid entertainment of the sort should be -- exciting, thrilling, weirdly convincing and finally mythic.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

February 12, 2003
Luis Martinez

King Kong es el termómetro obligado con el que se miden todas las películas de monstruos gigantes; desde los voraces velociraptors hasta la maternal Godzilla

| Original Score: 9/10

May 20, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Even allowing for its slow start, wooden acting and wall-to-wall screaming, there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong that still somehow works.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

February 16, 2002
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