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King Kong (2005)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 257
Fresh: 215
Rotten: 42

Critics Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 33,760,189


Movie Info

One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930s, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he … More

PG-13 (for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images)
Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Peter Jackson , Fran Walsh , Philippa Boyens
In Theaters:
Mar 28, 2006
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for King Kong

All Critics (258) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (215) | Rotten (42) | DVD (45)

It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

Full Review… | May 29, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Kong is a showy, state-of-the-art popcorn movie, faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original but generously adrenalized with the best effects money can buy.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Our response to the ape's doom, once touched by authentic tragedy, is now marked by relief that this wretchedly excessive movie is finally over.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.

December 16, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

As it is a remake, it doesn't have the shock Lord Of The Rings possessed upon its release, but this is a beautiful beast of a B-movie, thrilling and touching.

Full Review… | May 29, 2011

The movie is a good cautionary example of what happens when its maker is too close to the material, who can't see the forest for the trees, the story for the ape.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

A very good remake. But Kong 1933 is still King, baby.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is a loving homage that recreates and updates many of the familiar sequences... Unfortunately, the recreation leaves one wondering what, exactly, the point of the film is, other than indulging the director...

Full Review… | January 20, 2009

Every now and then, an undertaking like Kong comes around, and it underscores the truly extraordinary accomplishment of directing a film.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Kong is not without its flaws, but sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air, wave them like you just don't care, scream at the top of your lungs and just go with the rollercoaster ride, that's what this film is.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Eclipse Magazine

Overlong by half, hedonistically animated and decadently self-indulgent King Kong is beastly to be sure, but there is little beauty here.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

A bit more time in the editing room could've lifted it into great blockbuster territory. instead we've got a sporadically entertaining escapade that never captures our hearts like it so desperately wants too.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

I wish Jackson would shake off his addiction to gigantism, his apparent need to punch everything up three times as much as it needs to be.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007

Mr. Jackson not only improves on the original, he somehow seems to create the film that King Kong was always meant to be.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

funny, frightening, romantic, nostalgic, moving and grimly fatalistic, it races along, like its central character, with a speed and grace that utterly belies its great size.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Eye for Film

A phenomenal popcorn movie that eclipses the original in several respects, but inevitably owes a huge debt to the powerful imagery and innovation of the 1930s landmark.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

This lackluster cure for insomnia might have been more palatable without so many distracting digressions and pared down to a manageable ninety minutes or so. Zzzz... Zzzz... Zzzz...

Full Review… | January 25, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Despite admirable chest thumping and Watts' wonderfully enhanced scream, there is still only one true king.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Sight and Sound

Naomi Watts distinguishes herself in a luminous, star-making turn as Ann -- warm, funny, charismatic, and far more than you'd expect from the damsel in distress.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Jackson puts his passion for epics to good use and creates film magic

Full Review… | September 10, 2006
Movies for the Masses

Audience Reviews for King Kong

A film crew travel to a remote, lost island to make an adventure movie only to find it contains a lost world inhabited by dinosaurs and a huge gorilla like creature worshipped by the local tribe. Remakes are invariably a bad idea and remaking a classic doubly so. In fact the only reason I even bothered with this was the fact that Peter Jackson was at the helm and I have to say he did not disappoint. Sticking closely to the original story this felt more like an affectionate and knowing update than anything else, even taking time out to mock some of the more dubious gender and racial politics of the original. As a whole it has elements of Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and even Titanic, Jackson handling all of these ingredients with consummate skill, creating a fantastically entertaining old school matinee style romantic adventure. The only real bone of contention (aside from the film's rather unnecessary running time) is the fact that Jackson gets far too carried away during what I assume was intended to be the show piece of the film; namely the lost world section. Given the keys to the toyshop, he loses all sense of restraint and subtlety goes flying out the window. It's clearly not enough to have a herd of brontosaurus. No, it has to be a stampeding herd, chased by raptors off a cliff in the middle of a gun battle....and just ONE poxy Tyrannosaurus Rex fighting a giant ape?? Hell no! Let's have three, all fighting at once, falling off a mountainside! This means that the sequences go beyond spectacle and into the realm of the absurd. Still, despite some of the green screening being a little obvious, it's a great looking film with a vibrant use of colour and the Kong effects still work brilliantly; he feels more like an actual character than a special effect. I also have to say the unspoken relationship of a girl and her CG ape has far more pathos than a hundred rom coms and as a whole it works really well.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I'm not one for remakes and it would be very hard to out do the 1933 version. I'kk stick with the first abd Best King Kong. 2 stars Updated from 9-14-07

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The film is visually, almost like a revolution. However, because of the length, most people won't appreciate this and worry about when the film ends. The film does have great performances from Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black. But the real focus should be Andy Serkis, who portrays as the cook and Kong. The infamous Insect pit is very intense and may most likely disturb children or those not comfortable with bugs.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


Peter Jackson's portrayal of the famed king of the jungle is an entertaining spectacle. The visual-effects and pulse-pounding action steers out of the fact that it is 3 hours. Fantastic is all i say. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

King Kong Quotes

Bruce Baxter:
I look good.
– Submitted by Adam P (15 months ago)
Carl Denham:
Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
– Submitted by Adam P (15 months ago)
Carl Denham:
Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
– Submitted by Dutch E (19 months ago)
Carl Denham:
Fay's a size four.
Yes, she is, but she's doing a picture with RKO.
Carl Denham:
Cooper, huh? I might've known.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Carl Denham:
Bring the tripod and all of the film.
Want to switch to the six-inch lens?
Carl Denham:
[considering Kong, who only he has seen] The wide-angle will do just fine.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Lumpy the Cook:
[seeing a footprint that Kong has left] There's only one creature capable of leaving a footprint that size. The Abominable Snowman.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)

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