100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
One of the wonders of the holiday season.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A magnificent entertainment. It is like the flowering of all the possibilities in the original classic film.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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."
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The $200 million result is an irresistibly entertaining, if grandiose, saga of doomed love and directorial hubris.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's not so much a remake as it is a loving re-creation of the 1933 original on extra-strength steroids, with a side order of Botox. You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Like Kong himself, it's imposing, sometimes endearing, and very rough around the edges.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.