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Too much of not enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original
By stretching everything out to Epic length, Jackson has taken on well more than his source material -- reproduced with fervent love -- can support.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fitfully extraordinary yet largely lackluster.
| Original Score: C+
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...
| Original Score: 1/4
In the process of modernizing Kong, Jackson has made his film a mix of ungodly spectacle and masturbatory overkill.
| Original Score: D+
To borrow from an old joke, Peter Jackson's King Kong is thirty minutes of spectacular entertainment spread out over a three hour movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Overlong by half, hedonistically animated and decadently self-indulgent King Kong is beastly to be sure, but there is little beauty here.
| Original Score: 4/10
three big hours of monkey business... overwrought and self-indulgent to a fault
| Original Score: 3/5
'Twas overkill killed the beast.
| Original Score: C
Jackson's love and nostalgia for his beast is what kills the movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Jackson may have lost weight, but he hasn't lost his gluttony. There is no excuse for the 3 hour and 7 minute running time of King Kong. Hollywood needs an enema, and Peter Jackson needs an editor.
CGI spectacle that smacks of self-importance and showbiz hustle P.T. Barnum style.
Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.
It's as if Jackson got so excited about his creatures he forgot about his characters.
Like Black's craven filmmaker, Jackson swells into a madman impresario, so hell-bent on topping himself that he doesn't know when to cut and run.
At three hours, Jackson's Kong is too bloated and digressive to match the pure adrenaline of the first film, perhaps the finest B-movie ever made.
The unrelenting computer-animated action suffocates what seems to have been the movie's main purpose, to expand on the Kong-Ann relationship.
Kong's eye-popping array of cinematic tricks reflects the filmmaking philosophy of a director for whom anything worth doing is worth overdoing, then doing to death.
[It's] a special-effects extravaganza that pummels us senseless. Something's gone wrong if our strongest emotional response to Kong's conclusion is relief.
| Original Score: C+