King Kong Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2011
It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

May 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very good remake. But Kong 1933 is still King, baby.
Steve Biodrowski
January 20, 2009
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...
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Every now and then, an undertaking like Kong comes around, and it underscores the truly extraordinary accomplishment of directing a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
October 18, 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 | Original Score: A
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Overlong by half, hedonistically animated and decadently self-indulgent King Kong is beastly to be sure, but there is little beauty here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 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.
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
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.
Rob Gonsalves
August 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 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 | Original Score: 4/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
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.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
January 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
Despite admirable chest thumping and Watts' wonderfully enhanced scream, there is still only one true king.
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
Jackson puts his passion for epics to good use and creates film magic
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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