King Kong
King Kong (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Tim Brayton
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It's a pity that the film is such a miserable slog to start off, because the second that it arrives on Skull Island, it suddenly explodes into life.

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Bob Mondello

It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.


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.

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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.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A film crew travel to a remote, lost island to make an adventure movie only to find it contains a lost world inhabited by dinosaurs and a huge gorilla like… More
Eugene Bernabe
Peter Jackson's portrayal of the famed king of the jungle is an entertaining spectacle. The visual-effects and pulse-pounding action steers out of the fact… More
Bruce Bruce
I'm not one for remakes and it would be very hard to out do the 1933 version. I'kk stick with the first abd Best King Kong. 2 stars Updated from… More
Sam Barnett
What everyone has been saying since 2005 is true - King Kong is too long. We get an almost absurd amount of setup before the titular monkey even comes into the… More
Samuel Riley
The film is visually, almost like a revolution. However, because of the length, most people won't appreciate this and worry about when the film ends. The… More
Jason Spencer
Really long