King Kong
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One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930s, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map. Correctly assuming his cast and crew would be wary of such a journey, Denham has… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ , Film4
"A very good remake. But Kong 1933 is still King, baby."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Fails to match the simple, handmade artistry of the original"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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
"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
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