Moria opens by calling it "perhaps the greatest of all fantasy films, it is certainly the greatest monster movie ever made." 1000 Misspent Hours says, "The most important thing to keep in mind about King Kong is what a revolutionary movie it was." DVD Talk says, "I hold no grudge whatsoever against Peter Jackson's 2005 remake but there's no substitute for an original work of popular art -the '33 Kong is the one that activates the subconscious, stirs one's imagination and remains a masterpiece of spectacle, horror and adventure." Classic-Horror.com says,
One of the outstanding things about King Kong is that it truly and successfully has something for everyone. It has at least a little bit of everything—action, adventure, horror, sci-fi, drama, love, even humor—and they somehow combine well despite the disparity. ... There are few films that everyone should see, but this is one of them.Senses of Cinema says, "The continuing success of King Kong is due not only to its spectacular special effects, but also to the exemplary economy with which the filmmakers handled the screenplay, filming and editing." Empire Online calls it a "collossus of a film" and "a brilliantly structured adventure movie". Time Out praises "the remarkable technical achievements of Willis O'Brien's animation work, and the superbly matched score of Max Steiner." FilmSite.org has quite a lot of information, including a lengthy description of the plot. Roger Ebert considers it a "great movie" and says,
But "King Kong" is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing. Unlike the extraterrestrial spiders in the "Alien" pictures, which embody single-minded aggression, Kong cares for his captive human female, protects her, attacks only when provoked, and would be perfectly happy to be left alone on his Pacific Island. It is the greed of a Hollywood showman that unleashes Kong's rage...Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 98%.