“My Ninth Favorite Film”
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.
Mordaunt Hall - New York Times
"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.
Irene Thirer - New York Daily News
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
Joe Bigelow - Variety
In many ways, Kong is still king.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
- TIME Magazine
The grand-daddy of all monster movies.
- Total Film
Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme.
William Troy - The Nation
...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world.
The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...
Wally Hammond - Time Out
'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.
Mark Bourne - DVDJournal.com
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.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
It's one of the rare, great works of art that stands up to endless repeated viewings, each time revealing something new.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
charming fantasy continues to hold up and is a treasure trove of special effects that continue to inspire
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
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.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It is a remarkably universal appeal.
John McGowan-Hartmann - Senses of Cinema
A brilliantly structured adventure movie.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Film is an agent of imagination, and King Kong demonstrates this with remarkable technical proficiency and innovation...
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
The beauty of this original King Kong is that there's more to it than the oversized gorilla.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
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.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
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.
Scott Weinberg - DVD Clinic
Beat your chest for this one.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
...stands as an innovative trailblazer, to be sure, but mostly it continues to be just plain fun.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's gonna be hard for Jackson to top this one!
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Though the story's logic is ludicrous if one ever stops to think about it, the movie creates a reality all its own.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
There are very few works of cinema that stand up to repeated viewings and decades of changing film mores and audience expectations. Most notable among these is the classic King Kong.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Perhaps we have fallen in love with this movie because we distrust our civilization and feel betrayed that we have lost our sense of nature.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Still to this day it doesn't come off as cheesy and that's because the filmmakers never approached it as such.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Rebecca Murray - About.com
While Kong is, in most scenes, only an 18-inch studio model, the stop motion special effects are so intelligently accomplished and lovingly detailed that the animated gorilla often appears more expressive than the human actors.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
King Kong exemplifies a sort of personal expressiveness and cinematic mysticism that's all the more awesome for its apparent outmodedness.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Still unbelievably good; made with painstaking detail and care.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
The film is everything solid entertainment of the sort should be -- exciting, thrilling, weirdly convincing and finally mythic.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
King Kong es el termometro obligado con el que se miden todas las peliculas de monstruos gigantes; desde los voraces velociraptors hasta la maternal Godzilla
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
King Kong was created to grip and thrill like no movie before, and these basic principles hold surprisingly true today.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
The greatest classic adventure-fantasy (and part-horror) film of all time is King Kong (1933). Producers/directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Original and still superior version of the classic story. What is scary is that this film special effects in this film actually looks better than its expensive remake several decades later!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page