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Kong: Skull Island Reviews

March 27, 2017
Kong: Skull Island is just good enough-the sharp allusions, the moments of wit and warmth supplied by Reilly's long-abandoned airman-to make one wish it were better.
March 10, 2017
There's enough material out there to fuel a string of reboots, but the swing toward diminishing returns has already begun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 10, 2017
It's fun to watch the [monsters] in action, but on the human side, the film is clumsily written, over-cast and underacted, with only frustrated soldier Samuel L. Jackson striking the right tone of crazy amid the chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 10, 2017
The action and special effects are mostly first-rate and Vogt-Roberts maintains a vaguely satiric tone that sidesteps schlockiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
March 10, 2017
Creedence Clearwater Revival thrums on the soundtrack - has any '70s movie managed to avoid it? - but when the giant spiders start stomping, Vogt-Roberts earns the right to blast "Run Through the Jungle."
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 10, 2017
It is the platonic ideal of big, smart-dumb B-movie filmmaking - and, like Kong himself, it must be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2017
A fun if muddled monster movie that gets its best jolts from the sheer size of its beasts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 9, 2017
You'd say [Reilly] was the comic relief, except Kong: Skull Island can't seem to manage seriousness in the first place. Quit monkeying around.
March 9, 2017
It's wildly entertaining and it has a sense of humor about itself - and it doesn't hurt when a great big monster movie features an A-list cast including John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and John C. Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 9, 2017
Every time the movie threatens to get interesting, one of its hordes of ersatz, non-animated characters shows up and starts talking again.
March 9, 2017
Ultimately, the film's Vietnam setting is less about warfare and history than finding an intoxicating canvas for a pretty old story. Kong: Skull Island is more about the monster clashes and, as the post-credit clip proves, setting up future installments.
March 9, 2017
I've gone on about the creatures because there's so little to say about the humans, who, in their turn, have little to say about the creatures, because the writers haven't written enough lively dialogue.
March 9, 2017
It could have easily been titled "Apocalypse Kong" -- but it's surprisingly fun and fresh.
March 9, 2017
If the ultimate point of this movie is to get Kong into the ring with Godzilla, this isn't a bad appetizer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2017
Mostly, the movie gives the impression of serving as the opening salvo in a larger corporate enterprise. And while its leading man might be gigantic, in qualitative terms, Kong doesn't set the bar very high.
March 9, 2017
For no reason I can fathom, except perhaps the classic-rock tunes desired for the soundtrack-the story takes place in 1973, when the Vietnam war is winding down and President Nixon is being driven from office.
March 9, 2017
It's chaos and elemental fury, served with clarity, craft, a lot of depth and the added bonus of rambunctious fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 9, 2017
This is a real Kong show, the one demanded by popcorn peddlers and munchers alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
If you're looking for a film that offers pure escapism, "Kong: Skull Island" should definitely meet expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
"Kong: Skull Island" is a big, noisy B-movie infused with moments of wit and sprightly visual sophistication, anchored by what surely must be the most enormous version of King Kong since the giant ape made his screen debut in 1933.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
The picture is grand and nutty and visually splendid: Vogt-Roberts knows he's gotta go big or go home, so he treads boldly ...
March 9, 2017
Story and soul are never going to be kings on Skull Island, but they could have fared better than this.
March 9, 2017
A half-magnificent, half-misguided example of a 'show me the monster' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
Spielberg would approve. So would Ray Harryhausen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
An unusual combination of thunderous monster movie and gritty war film, "Kong: Skull Island" is a fresh take on a nearly 85-year-old classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 9, 2017
"Kong: Skull Island" is a Saturday afternoon monster movie, nothing more and nothing less - that's what's good about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2017
"Skull Island" is adept at goosing you; it deploys action-movie feints and horror-film frights capably amid its clichés and deaths. Every so often it also pauses and allows Kong and Mason to move you.
March 8, 2017
I'll admit to having a pretty good time at "Kong: Skull Island," helped immensely by a very large bag of popcorn ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 8, 2017
The money's on the screen, but it bought a really good movie, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2017
Kong still commands respect ... his presence alone makes it worth a trip to Skull Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 8, 2017
It's no surprise that Kong: Skull Island has such dull, rote human characters (with one notable, delightful exception). But it is a shock that the ape himself is so distant and sullen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 8, 2017
"Kong: Skull Island" is one of those movies best described as big, dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 8, 2017
It has a smart script, imaginative filmmaking and a cast of fine actors that actually get to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2017
This ferocious beast is the reason CGI was created!
March 7, 2017
The monster battles have enough wow to keep the movie rolling along, but the connective tissue is so thin that it scarcely matters who lives and who gets stomped, eaten, blown up, ripped to shreds or impaled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2017
The dialogue is clunky, the A-list actors are slumming and, yeah, you've seen it all before, but the thunderously exciting creature effects make this Kong reboot a rip-roaring rumble in the jungle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
March 7, 2017
Ultimately more interested in gorilla warfare than the guerilla kind, Skull Island looks from a distance like a Vietnam polemic with a monster painted onto it. But the opposite is truer. It's a King Kong movie -- a state-of-the-art monster mash.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 7, 2017
Of course, monster fans of a certain age will miss the handmade charms of old-fashioned stop-motion animation - the laborious, artisanal process that brought the first Kong to trembling life. But the effects here are terrific ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2017
The thing that breaks the back of this movie, and makes the second half so much less prodigious than the first, is a simple matter of geography.
March 2, 2017
Scratches your monster-movie itch without ever once providing an injection of unpredictability or eccentricity. It lacks neither fun nor polish, but it has the square tidiness of a compartmentalized fast-food meal.
March 2, 2017
We didn't come to Kong: Skull Island for the characters (well-developed or otherwise), we came for the damn dirty ape. And director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Industrial Light and Magic's Kong is a CGI showstopper.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 2, 2017
A big, dumb beast that, for all its noise, is kind of lovable at heart. That describes both a certain giant ape and Kong: Skull Island, the latest of an oeuvre of King Kong films going back 80-plus years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 2, 2017
A charming, insistent trifle, a monster movie that's unafraid to be cruel while also mining the genre's inherent silliness.
March 2, 2017
All the requisite elements are served up here in ideal proportion, and the time just flies by, which can rarely be said for films of this nature.
March 2, 2017
The surprise is that Skull Island isn't just ten times as good as Jurassic World; it's a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.
March 2, 2017
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with a gleeful, look-at-me-ma garishness that speaks to his background in TV comedy, the movie feels wonderfully close to self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5