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King Kong Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 6, 2005
A brilliantly structured adventure movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John McGowan-Hartmann
Senses of Cinema
December 6, 2005
The continuing success of King Kong is due not only to its spectacular special effects, but also to the exemplary economy with which the filmmakers handled the screenplay, filming and editing.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
December 6, 2005
Film is an agent of imagination, and King Kong demonstrates this with remarkable technical proficiency and innovation...
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 2, 2005
The beauty of this original King Kong is that there's more to it than the oversized gorilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 30, 2005
In much the same manner as The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life, it long ago entered into the national consciousness as an enduring part of our heritage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 30, 2005
One of the finest adventure movies ever made and the true prototype for all monster movies to follow, KING KONG is, even after 83 years, still the one true ruler of high-end escapist cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 24, 2005
Beat your chest for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 13, 2005
...stands as an innovative trailblazer, to be sure, but mostly it continues to be just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 16, 2005
It's gonna be hard for Jackson to top this one!
| Original Score: 5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 2, 2005
Beastly fun!
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 29, 2004
Though the story's logic is ludicrous if one ever stops to think about it, the movie creates a reality all its own.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 23, 2004
There are very few works of cinema that stand up to repeated viewings and decades of changing film mores and audience expectations. Most notable among these is the classic King Kong.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 28, 2004
Perhaps we have fallen in love with this movie because we distrust our civilization and feel betrayed that we have lost our sense of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
Still to this day it doesn't come off as cheesy and that's because the filmmakers never approached it as such.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
While Kong is, in most scenes, only an 18-inch studio model, the stop motion special effects are so intelligently accomplished and lovingly detailed that the animated gorilla often appears more expressive than the human actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 30, 2003
King Kong exemplifies a sort of personal expressiveness and cinematic mysticism that's all the more awesome for its apparent outmodedness.
| Original Score: A+
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Through multiple exposures, processed 'shots' and a variety of angles of camera wizardry the producers set forth an adequate story and furnish enough thrills for any devotee of such tales.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 12, 2003
The film is everything solid entertainment of the sort should be -- exciting, thrilling, weirdly convincing and finally mythic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
May 20, 2002
King Kong es el termómetro obligado con el que se miden todas las películas de monstruos gigantes; desde los voraces velociraptors hasta la maternal Godzilla
| Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 16, 2002
Even allowing for its slow start, wooden acting and wall-to-wall screaming, there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong that still somehow works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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