Kong: Skull Island Reviews

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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 12, 2017
The CGI Kong is cool.
March 10, 2017
There's enough material out there to fuel a string of reboots, but the swing toward diminishing returns has already begun.
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.
March 10, 2017
The action and special effects are mostly first-rate and Vogt-Roberts maintains a vaguely satiric tone that sidesteps schlockiness.
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."
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.
March 10, 2017
A fun if muddled monster movie that gets its best jolts from the sheer size of its beasts.
March 9, 2017
Taken as a straightforward adventure movie, it's enjoyable enough.
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
While the latest special effects are grade A, the plotting and character development is that of a B-movie. This Kong desperately needed a rescue mission to save the script from mediocrity.
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.
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.
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
This is a real Kong show, the one demanded by popcorn peddlers and munchers alike.
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