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King Kong Reviews

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William Troy
The Nation
October 10, 2012
Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme.
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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
March 7, 2013
"King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.
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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2013
The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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James Berardinelli
December 6, 2005
In many ways, Kong is still king.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 5, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
September 4, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 17, 2005
It's one of the rare, great works of art that stands up to endless repeated viewings, each time revealing something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 9, 2013
It's unrivaled in its sheer cinematic quality, and one of a kind.
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Joe Bigelow
July 2, 2007
Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
Staci Layne Wilson
January 2, 2005
Beastly fun!
Christopher Null
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 2, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 24, 2005
Beat your chest for this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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