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King Kong Reviews

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
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
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

TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

December 16, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.

| Original Score: A-

December 16, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 15, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Jackson took a huge risk with King Kong. But the movie that no film lover wanted him to make is sure to become the blockbuster that everyone is going to want to see, and with good reason.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

December 14, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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One hundred eighty-seven minutes of mesmerization, astonishment, thrills, chills, spills, kills and ills, Peter Jackson's big monkey picture show is certainly the best popular entertainment of the year.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 14, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The unrelenting computer-animated action suffocates what seems to have been the movie's main purpose, to expand on the Kong-Ann relationship.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 14, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Although King Kong is spectacular, its power doesn't reside in its glittering vision of 1933 Manhattan, Jackson's virtuoso flourishes or his computer-generated effects. It's so much simpler: When the gorilla touches the girl, he touches our hearts.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 14, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It starts too slowly and suffers from weak dialogue and less-than-epic acting. But as popcorn movies go, this is the year's popcorniest.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 14, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Serkis' contribution truly is something we've never seen, an entirely new category of computer-enhanced acting. With not a word of dialogue, he brings to life a close cousin to man with whom we can empathize, yet is never too human-like.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

December 14, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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There are some dazzling moments and remarkably clunky ones, a stitched together mixture of old and new, a genre tour that jumps in tone from jaunty comedy to sci-fi horror to laboured social commentary.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Good things do come in big packages. The trick for any filmmaker is to find the small movie within the big one, which is exactly what Peter Jackson does in King Kong.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 14, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's the rare kind of movie that makes too much seem like a good idea.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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In a word, Jackson's King Kong is spectacular, awesome, phenomenal and breathtaking. OK, so I can't boil it down to one word.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 13, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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There's no denying the monumentality of Jackson's achievement, which intermittently lives up to Denham's showbiz credo: 'Magic for the price of a ticket.'

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

December 13, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Too big for its own good, too pure of heart to diminish, brawling, magnificent, heroic and flawed: That's King Kong, and that's King Kong.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's as if Jackson got so excited about his creatures he forgot about his characters.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Peter Jackson has run the original 1933 King Kong through his epic imaginarium and given us the year's most thrilling entertainment. Also its most heartbreaking love story.

| Original Score: 4/4

December 13, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Jackson spoils us with riches in this film, with one impossible sequence after another; the result is overwhelming but pleasantly so.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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King Kong rules, and the big ape's reign is almost problem-free.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

December 13, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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While one cannot deny his giant-sized filmmaking gifts or his showmanship, nor can we ignore how thin the air of self-importance feels by the time every last digital effect has been pulled out of the magic bag.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Monstrous. Monumental. Magnificent. Use any term you want, there's no denying the power, genius and spectacle of King Kong, which is certainly the biggest movie of the year and possibly the biggest movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A+

December 13, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Jackson is filmmaker and entertainer enough to use all the technology at his disposal without losing sight of the sublimely improbable story of beast and beauty, and the exquisitely realized islands they call home.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is one of the year's best films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 13, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2005
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A big, bold, gigantor of an action movie that's part head-knocking smackdown, part intimate beauty and the beast and thoroughly entertaining a lot of the time.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

December 13, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 13, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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With a wizard at the helm, there are times when re-makes can be glorious things.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Peter Jackson's remake is as much a tribute to the old, seat-of-the-pants spirit of early motion pictures as it is an exercise in technological bravura.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

December 12, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 12, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Most great movies are lucky to have a handful of moments to remember; King Kong has at least two dozen.

| Original Score: 4/4

December 12, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A travelogue through popular movie genres, it passes from socially conscious drama to comedy, romance, horror, adventure, science-fiction fantasy and doomed love story, cleverly quoting the styles and tropes to which we've become accustomed along the way.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 12, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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However jawdropping the big effects (there's a dinosaur stampede and some giant white worms who suck men into their squishy maws), they're tenderly elbowed aside by scenes of tender intimacy.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 12, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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This Kong is high-powered entertainment, but Jackson pushes too hard and loses momentum over the more than three hours of the movie.

December 12, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a great thrill ride with the occasionally beautiful moment, as when Kong and Ann admire a sunset. Pay no attention to the December 14th release date, I think this is really a classic summer movie.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 12, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.

| Original Score: 4/4

December 8, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie seals Jackson's reputation: He's the most gifted big-picture artist working today, a master of epics from a human-eye view who excels at employing 21st-century technological wizardry to suit the needs of ageless, personal storytelling.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

December 7, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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What's up on screen is rarely short of staggering.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 6, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The $200 million-plus spectacle is funny when it wants to be, exhilarating when it needs to be and a sentimental triumph at the end.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

December 6, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Peter Jackson's King Kong is the most thrilling, soulful monster picture ever made. At last, it can be said without irony -- I laughed, I cried.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

December 6, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This is spectacle filmmaking at its best, where a director is in tune with the story's underlying emotions and his own boyish love for adventure fantasy.

December 6, 2005
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