King Kong
King Kong (1933)

"How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong -- and stayed with… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.

Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times

The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history.

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Joe Bigelow

Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Probably the most perfect popcorn movie movie ever made by a Hollywood studio.

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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

"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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's unrivaled in its sheer cinematic quality, and one of a kind.

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TIME Magazine

It might seem that any creature answering the description of Kong would be despicable and terrifying. Such is not the case. Kong is an exaggeration ad absurdum, too vast to be plausible. This makes his actions wholly enjoyable.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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An impulsive director whisks an unknown actress to an unexplored island to capture a mythic beast on film. The Jurassic Park of its day, King Kong is the… More
Chris Weber
78 years later, this still holds up as high-caliber entertaining spectacle. I'm sure you all know the story by now (you should), but just for giggles,… More
Daniel Perry
As far as I'm concerned, "Action/Adventure" as a genre begins here: this is the strange and beautiful that directors like Spielberg, and Lucas,… More
Jacob Ethington
THIS, is one of the most important films in history. Where do I begin with this one? The innovative uses of stop-motion animation? The breakthroughs in… More
Graham Jones
The granddaddy of all the big budget special effects films and they are still pretty impressive today. The interesting part about this action/horror classic is… More
Michael Edwards
the beginning was boring but it soon got very entertaining and very cool, plus the whole 1 hour documentary is very cool on the second disc of the DVD