An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.
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Irene Thirer "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.
Joe Bigelow Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
Dave Kehr Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.
Wally Hammond The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...
Jonathan Rosenbaum It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.
Bob Mondello It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.
David Ansen 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.
Scott Foundas King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.
Stephen Hunter 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.
Rex Reed Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.
Stephanie Zacharek 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.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) In a word, Jackson's King Kong is spectacular, awesome, phenomenal and breathtaking. OK, so I can't boil it down to one word.
J. Hoberman Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.
David Edelstein 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 Denby This Kong is high-powered entertainment, but Jackson pushes too hard and loses momentum over the more than three hours of the movie.
Richard Roeper 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.
Todd McCarthy What's up on screen is rarely short of staggering.
Jami Bernard 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.
Kirk Honeycutt 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.