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King Kong Reviews

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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.
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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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TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
It might seem that any creature answering the description of Kong would be despicable and terrifying. Such is not the case. Kong is an exaggeration ad absurdum, too vast to be plausible. This makes his actions wholly enjoyable.
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 2, 2007
Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.
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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...
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James Berardinelli
December 6, 2005
In many ways, Kong is still king.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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