King Kong Reviews

Page 1 of 3
May 29, 2011
It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.
October 18, 2008
It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.
November 1, 2007
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.
July 1, 2006
As for Kong himself, although the computer has played a large part in his creation, he could never be considered as anything less than real.
Top Critic
December 16, 2005
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.
December 16, 2005
Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.
December 15, 2005
King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.
December 14, 2005
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.
December 14, 2005
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.
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.
December 14, 2005
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.
December 14, 2005
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.
Top Critic
December 14, 2005
Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.
December 14, 2005
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.
December 14, 2005
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.
December 13, 2005
It's the rare kind of movie that makes too much seem like a good idea.
December 13, 2005
In a word, Jackson's King Kong is spectacular, awesome, phenomenal and breathtaking. OK, so I can't boil it down to one word.
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.
December 13, 2005
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.'
December 13, 2005
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.
Page 1 of 3