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Kong: Skull Island (12A)

Kong: Skull Island (12A)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

The critical consensus

“I love the smell of ape-alm in the morning.”

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 02/03/2017

While Kong: Skull Island provides some good quality trashy entertainment mixed with blockbuster style special effects, its really let down by it’s script and lead characters –something that stops it being the four star great it should be.

***(*)(*)George Simpson, Daily Express, 02/03/2017

Tom Hiddleston’s talents are lost in this jumbled jungle caper that repeatedly indulges in anti-climax and silliness.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/03/2017

King Kong lives! But only just. This is an uneven adventure that’s saved by the spectacle of its towering title character and the various beasts with whom he shares his island home.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 02/03/2017

Derivative and a little dumb but consistently fun: there’s personality and panache to spare in this monster blockbuster. With reservations, Skull Island is a swinging success.

***(*)(*)Jordan Farley, Total Film, 02/03/2017

A tantalising establisher for a clash of the titans, this ably-directed actioner is monstrously entertaining.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 02/03/2017

It’s old-fashioned matinee fare with a very creaky plot, very decent special effects and plenty to chuckle about along the way.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 08/03/2017

This is so devoid of awe and wonder, so lacking in a basic understanding of what King Kong is all about, it feels as if no one involved has seen the 1933 original, or even Peter Jackson’s loving 2006 remake. What a waste.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/03/2017

The human element of Kong: Skull Island is the least impressive aspect of the film but when it sticks to the monkey business, it still makes for a decent adventure yarn.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 10/03/2017

A strong cast struggle to survive amid the special effects and implausible twists in the latest version of the giant gorilla classic.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 12/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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