(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A magnificent entertainment. It is like the flowering of all the possibilities in the original classic film.
100
Entertainment Weekly
One of the wonders of the holiday season.
100
Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
100
New York Daily News
What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally.
100
New York Post
Break out the popcorn and prepare to be blown away. King Kong is the most pulse- pounding and heart-stirring romantic adventure since "Titanic."
100
But overall, Jackson goes for the magic by sidestepping every error of judgment and failure of imagination that brought the ponderous 1976 remake thudding to Earth before Kong ever did. He delivers three solid hours of breathless, enchanting entertainment.
90
King Kong is an homage not just to the original but to the history of movies themselves.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
The gorilla is great, the girl terrific, sets are out of this world, creatures icky as hell, and the director clearly does not believe in the word "enough."
88
Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller. With Jackson at the helm, you would expect dazzling special effects and epic action sequences, but what is most surprising is how heartfelt the romance feels.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
The $200 million result is an irresistibly entertaining, if grandiose, saga of doomed love and directorial hubris.
70
Wall Street Journal
Like Kong himself, it's imposing, sometimes endearing, and very rough around the edges.
25
On its own terms, the film is overlong, repetitive and lacks impact. Even if this were the first gorilla-in-love movie ever made, audiences would come away vaguely dissatisfied, suspecting there was an intriguing idea buried somewhere in here, but it didn't quite come off.

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