“AFI Top10 Movie Of 2005 - King Kong”
“T'was Directing That Killed The Beast”
“The 8th Wonder Of The World Is Finally Here In This Epic Remake!!!”
“KING KONG: The 8th Wonder Of The World”
“AWESOME GIANT GORILLA”
“"What A King Of A Film"”
“EPIC KING KONG REMAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“2005 Movie Of The Year!”
“Peter Jackson Has Done It Again”
“Nice Adventure Movie”
“AWESOME MOVIE EVER!”
“We Are Accustomed To Look Upon The Shackled Form Of A Conquered Monster, But There - There You Could Look At A Thing Monstrous And Free. ”
“Peter Jackson's Greatest Achievment!”
“" Best Gorilla Movie"”
“Nothing's Better Than Seeing A Giant Monkey On The Big Screen.”
“Peter Jacksons'Return Of The King Kong”
“Peter Jackson Did Another Spectacular And Blockbuster Movie”
“A Big-budget Film That Could Have Been A Masterpiece-if Only It Was Shorter.”
“I Give It 6 Stars, When I First Saw Jack Black Was In It I Didnt Wanna See It But Then I Read Peter Jackson Did It! Jack Black Did An Amazing Role!”
“King Kong Is A Great Example Of The Power Of Film, How A Story Can Take Something So Abstract (like A Giant Ape) And Make You Care About It And Feel For It As If It Were A Loved One.”
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
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.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
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.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
King Kong rules, and the big ape's reign is almost problem-free.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
This Kong is high-powered entertainment, but Jackson pushes too hard and loses momentum over the more than three hours of the movie.
David Denby - New Yorker
This is one of the year's best films.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
What's up on screen is rarely short of staggering.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Most great movies are lucky to have a handful of moments to remember; King Kong has at least two dozen.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
However jawdropping the big effects (there's a dinosaur stampede and some giant white worms who suck men into their squishy maws), they're tenderly elbowed aside by scenes of tender intimacy.
David Edelstein - Slate
With a wizard at the helm, there are times when re-makes can be glorious things.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This is spectacle filmmaking at its best, where a director is in tune with the story's underlying emotions and his own boyish love for adventure fantasy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A travelogue through popular movie genres, it passes from socially conscious drama to comedy, romance, horror, adventure, science-fiction fantasy and doomed love story, cleverly quoting the styles and tropes to which we've become accustomed along the way.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
As it is a remake, it doesn't have the shock Lord Of The Rings possessed upon its release, but this is a beautiful beast of a B-movie, thrilling and touching.
Dean Essner - Film4
The movie is a good cautionary example of what happens when its maker is too close to the material, who can't see the forest for the trees, the story for the ape.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
With great computer imagery, a fun story, amazing action, and wonderful human drama, it's a very good remake. But Kong 1933 is still King, baby.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is a loving homage that recreates and updates many of the familiar sequences... Unfortunately, the recreation leaves one wondering what, exactly, the point of the film is, other than indulging the director...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Every now and then, an undertaking like Kong comes around, and it underscores the truly extraordinary accomplishment of directing a film.
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Kong is not without its flaws, but sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air, wave them like you just don't care, scream at the top of your lungs and just go with the rollercoaster ride, that's what this film is.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Overlong by half, hedonistically animated and decadently self-indulgent King Kong is beastly to be sure, but there is little beauty here.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
A bit more time in the editing room could've lifted it into great blockbuster territory. instead we've got a sporadically entertaining escapade that never captures our hearts like it so desperately wants too.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
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.
David Ansen - Newsweek
I wish Jackson would shake off his addiction to gigantism, his apparent need to punch everything up three times as much as it needs to be.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Mr. Jackson not only improves on the original, he somehow seems to create the film that King Kong was always meant to be.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
funny, frightening, romantic, nostalgic, moving and grimly fatalistic, it races along, like its central character, with a speed and grace that utterly belies its great size.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
A phenomenal popcorn movie that eclipses the original in several respects, but inevitably owes a huge debt to the powerful imagery and innovation of the 1930s landmark.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
This lackluster cure for insomnia might have been more palatable without so many distracting digressions and pared down to a manageable ninety minutes or so. Zzzz... Zzzz... Zzzz...
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Despite admirable chest thumping and Watts' wonderfully enhanced scream, there is still only one true king.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
Naomi Watts distinguishes herself in a luminous, star-making turn as Ann -- warm, funny, charismatic, and far more than you'd expect from the damsel in distress.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Jackson puts his passion for epics to good use and creates film magic
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
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.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
For the most part, a chest-beating, banana-eating riot.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Remake que supera en muchas cosas al original y que demuestra el talento y la magia para contar historias de uno de los genios contemporaneos del cine.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Everything about director Peter Jackson's King Kong update is bigger than the 1933 original. That's too say, the film is longer, more technically elaborate and -- by today's standards -- more exciting than the original film.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
What could have been Jackson's folly is a triumph, the kind of romantic action spectacle that makes the big screen silver and provides box-office gold. Puts the prime in primate.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
King Kong is a colossal creature feature!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Despite uncessary padding and languid pacing, King Kong is a visually gorgeous spectacle that deserves to be seen on the big screen
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
This is a splendid matinee show and also easily the best blockbuster flick of 2005.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Along with James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson is one of a select few Hollywood filmmakers who truly understands how to marry spectacle and emotion.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
On the upside, however, that first hour is followed by a two-hour roller coaster ride that climaxes with a breathtaking finale atop the Empire State Building in New York City.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
King Kong sets a new standard for action movies, and maybe for movie romances, too. You feel almost privileged to be in the presence of such an awesomely accomplished and exhilarating picture.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Why make a King Kongfilm now? Since it has been recycled several times, trotting out a new version exposes the story to how it still uses black and white tropes.
Moira Sullivan - FilmFestivals.com
King Kong is dang long.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It was an overabundance of enthusiasm that killed the story.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
The only slipup is a forgivable one. Jackson continues to be reluctant to leave a world he has so magnificently created. At a little over three hours, King Kong is a bit of a bum-number.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Again, Jackson proves himself an unbeatable showman with the soul of a poet. He crafts and composes his action sequences like symphonies, with the most eye-popping crescendos.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Christmas came early this year in "King Kong."
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
The first hour is a bore but a necessary gift to Watts. Each remaining frame is awesome though I could have done without Beauty's version of a simian lap dance.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Three hours of magnificent escapist entertainment.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Jackson's King Kong is a throwback film, depending on you to approach it with a sort of wide-eyed innocence you might've forgotten you had. It's loud and unbelievable. It's supposed to be. There aren't any 25-foot-tall gorillas in this world
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
I watched the last hour of the film with a knot in my stomach, the result of a combination of the love story and the brilliant special effects.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Too much of not enough.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
...[Peter] Jackson knows what it takes to make an exciting film.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
King Kong ushers in a subtext -- via a path of spectacular, epic adventure -- that we should preserve endangered species at all costs.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
The best thing about Peter Jackson's King Kong may be that his attachment to the project likely kept anybody else from getting the job.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Peter Jackson ... overindulges his childlike wonder, and the result is a monster movie on steroids.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Jackson's ape is so fully realized as a specific 'realistic' character that he lacks the metaphorical resonance of the 1933 Kong, who seemed a creature captured from a nightmare rather than from nature.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Take out much of the middle hour, with all its digital clutter and "Smackdown"-style card of creature villains, and what is majestic entertainment could've been an all-time great.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
... a technical achievement that lacks the soul of something really good.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Spectacle filmmaking at it's peak.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Fancy outweighs the ferocious, but the film's also brazen enough to be unmissable.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Lost is the Depression era fear of exploitation and now it is only beauty to fear.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Em meio a tanta acao, Jackson consegue criar uma historia de amor verossimil entre um gorila de 8 metros e uma fragil loira. Nao da pra exigir mais do que isso, nao e mesmo?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Jackson peca de la misma megalomania que estiro y arruino parcialmente los ultimos 45 minutos de El Regreso del Rey (...)
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
For all the technical wizardry on display in director Peter Jackson's King Kong, there are overtones of insecurity here and there.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
An action adventure with heart. It's the kind of movie experience you want to see on the big screen.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Peter Jackson, Naomi Watts and Andy Serkis are the triple threat that makes this the best 'Kong' yet
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Excess has never felt so spectacular... but there's nothing here a good editor couldn't have improved (had he been allowed to).
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Does it improve on its landmark predecessor? Of course not. But on its own terms, this new interpretation gets the job done in often spectacular fashion.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A nearly seamless blend of cutting edge technology with much of the original's sensibility - Jackson's giant ape may be a special effect, but he is also a real character.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
Digno de ser llamado, la Octava Maravilla del mundo.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Jackson's Kong is as much homage as remake -- and that may well be its strength and its weakness in one package
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The greatest charm of the new 'King Kong' comes when Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) bonds with her 20-foot primate boyfriend.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
This 'Kong' is not better than the superb original, but it is just as good.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Peter Jackson delivers an update possessing raw power and a pure heart.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Peter Jackson has done the impossible and followed up with Ring trilogy with an equally entertaining flick.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Kong whips Naomi about with enough fury to induce whiplash. Said Brody: "I've heard of shaken baby syndrome, but this baby's head is about to fly off like a pebble in a slingshot!"
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
With King Kong (2005), Jackson has made a film that if you don't like it, you might just hate movies.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Jackson has proven that he can out-Spielberg Spielberg when it comes to over-the-top action, but anytime the fur isn't flying, he really needs an editor. No, I mean really.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The interplay between Watts' melancholy blond and the great ape is almost too real to be believed. It's touching and heartfelt in a way even modernistic, non-effects-driven films can't manage.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
King Kong has its trivial share of shortcomings. Nevertheless, a generously solid escapist piece of entertainment filled with wonderment and calculating verve.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Warning. Flashback and long personal reminiscence ahead.
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Every scene in the new 'King Kong' strains to be the biggest, most pulverizing, in-your-face spectacle that you've ever experienced.
George Wu - culturevulture.net
King Kong is spectacular but spectacularly flawed, filled with several awe inspiring moments but ultimately undone by a director who is so in love with his subject that he is too blind to see when enough is enough.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
With a superb cast, terrific special effects and stunning action sequences, this is one of the best films of the year - thrilling, awe-inspiring and genuinely moving.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For pure, abundant cinematic joyfulness, Peter Jackson's latest magnum opus rocks out like several large boulders at a Led Zeppelin concert.
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
Dean Essner - Time Out
Audiences today, just like those in 1933, pay to see a spectacle, and that's where King Kong most disappoints.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Peter Jackson's King Kong provides a good, stirring, heroic-sized motion-picture event, without ever quite moving one the way his Lord of the Rings epics did.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
'Twas overkill killed the beast.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Despite all the overkill and side trips, the film still succeeds at telling the story of a woman and the gorilla who loves her.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
When it comes to the ultimate cinematic experience, King Kong is about as good as it gets.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
...Jackson has honored it with a film that not only stands next to the original but often surpasses it.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
To borrow from an old joke, Peter Jackson's King Kong is thirty minutes of spectacular entertainment spread out over a three hour movie.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Made with consummate imagination and skill, but still largely superfluous.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
An intermittently fearsome but clumsy colossus that keeps tripping over its own feet.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
"It was beauty that killed the beast," remarks Carl Denham at the conclusion of Peter Jackson's bloated King Kong, but he might as well have been referring to Jackson's formerly obese figure suffocating all the life out of his 2005 remake.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Other than Jackson's insufferable commentary on filmmaking at the beginning, Kong is thrilling and tragic.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
This is a production that proves that even a great film can have a remake that is better. I just wish Willis O'Brien were around and could look what they've done to his Kong.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An exhilarating, stupendously produced example of old-fashioned movie magic by a filmmaker working at the very height of his creative powers.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
The greatest ape of all.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Mostly entertaining, but suffers from various excesses.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
... Peter Jackson delivers the re-invention of the modern monster movie that Godzilla failed to achieve.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Exhausting, in the visceral, adrenal way a good adventure should be. Comparing 'War of the Worlds' and this particular 'Kong,' Peter Jackson out-Spielbergs Steven Spielberg.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
King Kong is an adrenaline-pumping joyride that you won't soon forget. However, what really makes this a masterpiece is that Jackson understands every emotional beat of the story.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Gargantuan. Colossal. Stupendous. "King Kong" is every bit as big as its hype. Bigger, in fact.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The lengthy set up of Jackson's King Kong is essential if we are too find the love itself at all plausible.
D.K. Holm - Cinemonkey
The shaggy downsides of King Kong shouldn't keep it from pounding its chest as the box-office monster of the holiday season. You can run, but you can't hide.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A stout, muscly heart of a movie whose rhythmic, colossal beats are echoed by murmurs of plangent nostalgia, both for the original movie and, in an odd way, for itself.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Should remind burned-out viewers why they started loving movies in the first place ... Jackson gives even the biggest scenes a handmade, geekily obsessive feel.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
This time beauty -- and a touch of vaudeville -- soothes the savage beast.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Indiana Jones goes to Jurassic Park in the reigning king of computer graphic monkey business, King Kong--2005.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
CGI spectacle that smacks of self-importance and showbiz hustle P.T. Barnum style.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
I'm still deciding whether it's a terrific entertainment with some unfortunate excesses (mostly length) or an immediate classic that can reside on the same shelf as the original.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Voici une autre realisation monumentale de Jackson.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
A bloated, deeply flawed misfire shot by a technical wizard given carte blanche based on his past success.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Packed with enough edge-of-your-seat/did-I-just-see-that/goose-bumpy popcorn pleasure for a year's worth of blockbusters.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Although far too long at three hours (the original was only 100 minutes), with far too many special effects-driven fight scenes involving horrible monsters, it's still a smashing love story.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
This Kong will move you in surprising ways.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The sight of the mighty ape taking futile swipes at bullet-spitting biplanes from the top of the Empire State Building remains one of the most awe-inspiring and utterly sad images in movie history.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
It is so good, it might make you cry.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
a first-rate action flick and a compelling drama that will leave you with tears welling up in your eyes.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It may have been beauty that killed the beast, but it was genius that brought him back to life.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
In the end, an homage is all this is. But given the size, scope and volume herein, that's plenty. It's all about Kong, and this movie goes ape delivering him.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It is too bad that Jackson and his co-screenwriters, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, felt the need to turn a simple adventure story into a bloated three-hour extravaganza.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
I'm sorry Mr. Spielberg; you've just relinquished your title. Peter Jackson is now the reigning god of awesome movies.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Peter Jackson may have lost weight, but he hasn't lost his gluttony. There is no excuse for the 3 hour and 7 minute running time of King Kong. Hollywood needs an enema, and Peter Jackson needs an editor.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Here's to the Big One
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Kong's eye-popping array of cinematic tricks reflects the filmmaking philosophy of a director for whom anything worth doing is worth overdoing, then doing to death.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Finally, a film worth going bananas over.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Kong is brilliant in many, many places. But it overwhelms its own best qualities with its sheer, punishing size. It is, literally, too much of a good thing.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
If you can look past the places where it doesn't hang together, KONG is a tremendous entertainment, as passionate a movie as any little self-financed indie film you want to name this year.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Jackson was again driven by a vision that no one else could see until he put it on the screen, and the result is as close as effects-driven spectacle will likely ever get to personal storytelling.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Jackson balances these tender moments with slam-bang action sequences the likes of which haven't been seen since Jurassic Park or Titanic -- and surpasses them.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Director Peter Jackson carries King Kong to new heights.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
[Jackson] delivers three solid hours of breathless, enchanting entertainment.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The unrelenting computer-animated action suffocates what seems to have been the movie's main purpose, to expand on the Kong-Ann relationship.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Dave White - Movies.com
[The film] uses newfangled computer-generated technology to bring us closer to the big guy than ever before. Close enough to read the emotions on his face, and wouldn't you know: Kong is just another lonely guy, looking for love.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This is one of the best movies of the decade!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Jackson has created a world effective enough to draw you in and, a few stupid exceptions aside, keep you engrossed for three solid hours.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Ann and Kong's romance drives the film. At once sensational and heartrending, it's an intimacy that can't last.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopPolitics.com
One of those mad movies, like Moulin Rouge! or Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that fully justifies and deserves all the best and worst that can be said for or against them.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Jackson, the visionary, has a tin ear. The dialogue, even if you cut it some slack for camp, is awful.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
After LOTR, Jackson could have done Kangaroo Jack II and he still would have been a legend. But he tried to up the ante and create a picture as vast and as charismatic as his award-winning trilogy.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
This massive flick is warm and nostalgic, dark and dangerous, sly and sweet, delicate, ferocious, and enthralling in a way that only great movies can be. Plus it's got, like, a million monsters in it.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
In the end, "Kong" lands with a resounding thud.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Seriously, dude - every movie doesn't need to be as long as a stupid NFL game.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
It's the giant ape who makes it worth the trip to the box office - at least once.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Like Black's craven filmmaker, Jackson swells into a madman impresario, so hell-bent on topping himself that he doesn't know when to cut and run.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Jackson's competent remake is certainly worth a look, but it's ultimately a Kong too long and too much.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
...you can feel the director beating his chest on top of the highest cliff.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Remakes simply don't get any more respectful -- or more inspired -- than this.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Fitfully extraordinary yet largely lackluster.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Gives new meaning to the expression, 'Lemme go, ya big ape!'
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
While one cannot deny his giant-sized filmmaking gifts or his showmanship, nor can we ignore how thin the air of self-importance feels by the time every last digital effect has been pulled out of the magic bag.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
sheer delight, the perfect synthesis of mainstream action flick and sobering philosophical musing on the nature of love in an imperfect world
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
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.'
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It cannot be oversold: Jackson is so far ahead of every director making these epic, effects-laden event movies that it's really not even fair.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
[The film] offers the most thrilling movie moments of 2005 and crafts a lovely relationship between its beauty and beast. But ultimately, this Kong is just too much.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
[I]f Jackson set out to make a film that would blow minds, child and adult alike...then he has succeeded enormously...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Peter Jackson's King Kong is all things cinema, in the hands of a clever but overindulged filmmaker.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
More than just homage or a Valentine to the original. Jackson is a romantic and is playing Don Juan with the RKO classic, to the audience and the outright joy of filmmaking.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
There's a lot to be absorbed by your eyes, plenty of the sort of awesome visuals you'd expect. But, for a movie so painstakingly noisy, there simply isn't too much worth perking up your ears for.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
In the process of modernizing Kong, Jackson has made his film a mix of ungodly spectacle and masturbatory overkill.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Say what you will about Peter Jackson, he knows how to deliver a money shot.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The popcorn movie of the millennium, setting a new standard for special effects wizardry.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
It's the rare kind of movie that makes too much seem like a good idea.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
In a word, Jackson's King Kong is spectacular, awesome, phenomenal and breathtaking. OK, so I can't boil it down to one word.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
A colossal holiday treat that's technologically mind-blowing yet heartwarmingly endearing.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It wasn't beauty killed the beast... it was bloat.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It's an epic experience, three solid hours of high-flying entertainment and special effects wizardry
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Often wondrous to behold and enormously exciting (and, amazingly, even occasionally moving), but also way too long and at times exhaustingly elaborate.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
If you're looking for a rollercoaster ride, you'll love it -- as long as you don't mind a nice hour-long carriage ride through Central Park first.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Not that it matters what I say, but I do recommend seeing it. First two thirds are gold.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Action movies often devalue acting, but Watts' performance turns King Kong from a monster movie to an epic tragedy.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Peter Jackson's new movie is the king of Kongs.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Grab yourself a couple of big tubs of popcorn and get ready to have one heck of a good time at the movies.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Editor Jamie Selkirk has been with Jackson since he was making 85 minute zombie movies and really should have stepped up, not that fans will complain about the excess.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
This is Naomi Watts' and Kong's movie and together they create magic onscreen.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Peter Jackson has run the original 1933 King Kong through his epic imaginarium and given us the year's most thrilling entertainment. Also its most heartbreaking love story.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
This is what they try to say when you hear, "An experience awaits you at the movies," folks.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Spectacular, clumsy, hilarious, ludicrously self-indulgent, terrifying and far too long, Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is a monster in every sense.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Jackson spoils us with riches in this film, with one impossible sequence after another; the result is overwhelming but pleasantly so.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Vertiginous, virtuoso filmmaking that dovetails into palpable emotional conflict, and vice versa.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
My favorite part is when the guy said 'boobies' because 'boobies' is funny.
Fred Topel - About.com
A big, bold, gigantor of an action movie that's part head-knocking smackdown, part intimate beauty and the beast and thoroughly entertaining a lot of the time.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is what it means to go to the theater and watch a big movie made with love, care, and intelligence.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
[The film] reminds us of why we first fell in love with Kong and Hollywood movies in general.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
a marvelous entertainment, a great big thumping movie-movie that stands beside, all the while honoring, the greatness of the original.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
While Jackson's 'Kong' may not be a great film, it offers plenty of good fun, and few moviegoers will leave the theater griping that they didn't get their money's worth.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
It's as if Jackson got so excited about his creatures he forgot about his characters.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
By stretching everything out to Epic length, Jackson has taken on well more than his source material -- reproduced with fervent love -- can support.
Chris Barsanti - ToxicUniverse.com
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
At three hours, seven minutes and jam-packed with larger-than-life action sequences -- this film is as big as Kong himself. You'll get your money's worth.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
King Kong is what a big event movie should be (WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW).
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
three big hours of monkey business... overwrought and self-indulgent to a fault
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
[It's] a special-effects extravaganza that pummels us senseless. Something's gone wrong if our strongest emotional response to Kong's conclusion is relief.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A lavish, high-octane epic. King Kong has a welcome heart to go along with its razzle-dazzle, but it is a heart that alternates between hot and cold.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's clear that like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson lovingly took his feelings and appreciations and created a film that is mind-numbingly comprehensive.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
There are lots of reasons we go to the movies, and King Kong celebrates and showcases all of them.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Peter Jackson is the savior of the modern blockbuster. He gets it.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
["King Kong"] could have been shorter, especially in the first third, but this is a minor nitpick of a film that is tremendously entertaining and wonderfully crafted.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
there never again needs to be a retelling of the classic beauty and the beast tale as this masterpiece is destined to be one of the finest films of this generation.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
One of the season's most enjoyable films - even if it's a wee bit overlong.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
The one remake to rule them all!
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
They don't really make movies like this anymore; I don't know if they ever did.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The result is a three-hour epic on par with his Lord of the Rings trilogy both in scale and thematic relevance, securing Jackson's reputation as the next great event filmmaker and heir to Steven Spielberg.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
This is a great thrill ride with the occasionally beautiful moment, as when Kong and Ann admire a sunset. Pay no attention to the December 14th release date, I think this is really a classic summer movie.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Jackson hasn't realized just his own dream but the collective dream of everyone who sees the movie screen as a window into the fantastic.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"King Kong" is a rare film that would be improved with a "director's cut" that excised rather than added.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Spectacular in the way it gives us what we expect and then some, and manages to find sincerity within a premise that, in this day and age, comes preloaded with irony.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The result features special effects that will make your jaw drop.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A sensational performance by Naomi Watts as the beauty who makes even a truly fierce beast beautiful just by loving him.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Scary and sensational - simply the most spectacular creature feature ever made!
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Easily one of the year's most gut-wrenching tragedies, and it's a pretty good action-adventure movie too.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The impact of Peter Jackson's King Kong is as massive as the gigantic gorilla itself, a spectacle to marvel at, but most importantly, a story with which we can connect emotionally.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A bona fide work of genius.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
This remake is thrilling on every level. Even if it's also rather self-indulgent.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jackson's love and nostalgia for his beast is what kills the movie.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
Hokey and cliched in parts, thrilling and dramatic at other times, King Kong is reminiscent of both Jurassic Park and Titanic. And like those two record-setting epics, it is certain to be a huge hit.
John Hiscock - Daily Telegraph
Alongside the adrenalized rushes, Jackson and his colleagues locate the humor, affection and heartbreak in its big story.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Overlong and diffuse, Jackson's remake is a hybrid of horror, disaster, adventure, and romance genres, delivering proficiently the basic goods, while referencing such blockbusters as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and Titanic.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A hugely enjoyable, eye-popping movie that pushes all the right buttons.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Smashing good fun.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
If it receives no other award, it virtually demands recognition for its screenplay--a spectacular that takes us to a very unexpected region of the heart.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Worth seeing, especially on the big screen.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
That Jackson's King Kong upgrades the now hammy original with wit, heart and humour is a pleasant surprise. That it does so by reinventing the action blockbuster, in form and emotional impact, is nothing less than an act of cinematic alchemy.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
This gorilla of a film is blockbuster of the year.
Baz Bamigboye - Daily Mail [UK]
Jackson again reminds us that he's a genius.
Devin Faraci - CHUD