'King Kong' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   53 reviews
  • Mordaunt Hall New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Through multiple exposures, processed 'shots' and a variety of angles of camera wizardry the producers set forth an adequate story and furnish enough thrills for any devotee of such tales.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Irene Thirer New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    "King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Even allowing for its slow start, wooden acting and wall-to-wall screaming, there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong that still somehow works.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Bigelow Variety (Top Critic)
    Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    In many ways, Kong is still king.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Wholly enjoyable.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Total Film
    The grand-daddy of all monster movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Troy The Nation
    Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    100
    ...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    80
    Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    100
    All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wally Hammond Time Out
    The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Mark Bourne DVDJournal.com
    100
    'King Kong died for our sins.' It's a T-shirt seen recently in Seattle, worn by a teenager and illustrated with the original vintage image of the monster ape atop the Empire State Building.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    67
    One of those mad movies, like Moulin Rouge! or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that fully justifies and deserves all the best and worst that can be said for or against them.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    100
    It's one of the rare, great works of art that stands up to endless repeated viewings, each time revealing something new.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews
    92
    charming fantasy continues to hold up and is a treasure trove of special effects that continue to inspire
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    This movie is part of why I'm so twisted today, and not just because of how that door and the hellish promise of what it hid teased its way into my kiddie brain.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • John McGowan-Hartmann Senses of Cinema
    It is a remarkably universal appeal.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Kim Newman Empire Magazine
    100
    A brilliantly structured adventure movie.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rumsey Taylor Not Coming to a Theater Near You
    Film is an agent of imagination, and King Kong demonstrates this with remarkable technical proficiency and innovation...
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Forrest Hartman Reno Gazette-Journal
    100
    The beauty of this original King Kong is that there's more to it than the oversized gorilla.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    100
    In much the same manner as The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life, it long ago entered into the national consciousness as an enduring part of our heritage.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg DVD Clinic
    100
    One of the finest adventure movies ever made and the true prototype for all monster movies to follow, KING KONG is, even after 83 years, still the one true ruler of high-end escapist cinema.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Christopher Smith Bangor Daily News (Maine)
    92
    Beat your chest for this one.
    Full Review » 9 years ago