King Kong Reviews

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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
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.
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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
Wholly enjoyable.
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Joe Bigelow
Variety
July 2, 2007
Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 6, 2005
In many ways, Kong is still king.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4