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
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