'King Kong' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   22 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   272 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    The movie seals Jackson's reputation: He's the most gifted big-picture artist working today, a master of epics from a human-eye view who excels at employing 21st-century technological wizardry to suit the needs of ageless, personal storytelling.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    Peter Jackson's remake is as much a tribute to the old, seat-of-the-pants spirit of early motion pictures as it is an exercise in technological bravura.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Jackson's dangerous decision to do a period remake of King Kong, a classic long established as part of modern folklore, has, on the whole, paid off.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    Peter Jackson's King Kong is the most thrilling, soulful monster picture ever made. At last, it can be said without irony -- I laughed, I cried.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    The $200 million-plus spectacle is funny when it wants to be, exhilarating when it needs to be and a sentimental triumph at the end.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    King Kong rules, and the big ape's reign is almost problem-free.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    This Kong is high-powered entertainment, but Jackson pushes too hard and loses momentum over the more than three hours of the movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    This is one of the year's best films.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Jackson is filmmaker and entertainer enough to use all the technology at his disposal without losing sight of the sublimely improbable story of beast and beauty, and the exquisitely realized islands they call home.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Serkis' contribution truly is something we've never seen, an entirely new category of computer-enhanced acting. With not a word of dialogue, he brings to life a close cousin to man with whom we can empathize, yet is never too human-like.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Monstrous. Monumental. Magnificent. Use any term you want, there's no denying the power, genius and spectacle of King Kong, which is certainly the biggest movie of the year and possibly the biggest movie ever made.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    What's up on screen is rarely short of staggering.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Most great movies are lucky to have a handful of moments to remember; King Kong has at least two dozen.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
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