• King Kong
    3 minutes 33 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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King Kong Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 29, 2011

Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 29, 2011
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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 Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter

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 Source: ESplatter

January 20, 2009
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

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 Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: A

October 18, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 4/10

February 28, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

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 Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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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 Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 5/5

July 10, 2007
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

February 22, 2007
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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 Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 25, 2007
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

September 28, 2006
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

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

September 25, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2006
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