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King Kong Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 1, 2006
Too much of not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original
Chris Barsanti
December 13, 2005
By stretching everything out to Epic length, Jackson has taken on well more than his source material -- reproduced with fervent love -- can support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 13, 2005
Fitfully extraordinary yet largely lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
January 25, 2007
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
December 13, 2005
In the process of modernizing Kong, Jackson has made his film a mix of ungodly spectacle and masturbatory overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Cornelius
December 16, 2005
To borrow from an old joke, Peter Jackson's King Kong is thirty minutes of spectacular entertainment spread out over a three hour movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Overlong by half, hedonistically animated and decadently self-indulgent King Kong is beastly to be sure, but there is little beauty here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christopher Null
December 13, 2005
three big hours of monkey business... overwrought and self-indulgent to a fault
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 16, 2005
'Twas overkill killed the beast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2005
Jackson's love and nostalgia for his beast is what kills the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 14, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2005
CGI spectacle that smacks of self-importance and showbiz hustle P.T. Barnum style.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 13, 2005
Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 13, 2005
It's as if Jackson got so excited about his creatures he forgot about his characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
December 13, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 13, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 14, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 13, 2005
[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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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