Kid reviews for King Kong (1933)

Common Sense says

Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 27 reviews
Teen, 13 years old Written byGraceinasaddle April 15, 2020

I did not enjoy it.

The special effects were very bad, it looked like King Kong and the other monsters were made out of clay. This movie was also very sexist and racist. I do not think you would want your child to pick up on that. Some people die and there is a scene where King Kong undresses Ann. Some of these scenes were disturbing to me, so it might be disturbing to your child too.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2021

It was okay

I think it is an okay movie for it’s time but the beginning screen I very long approximately 4:00 min. King Kong was not very good and looked like a stuffed animal. And there are many fighting scenes where Kong just goes around destroying stuff.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Teen, 13 years old Written byFilmStudent1 February 3, 2021

King Kong

The overture is unexpectedly long which wasn’t ideal in today's streaming world, 4:15 to be exact. The music is classic however the sound-quality is not the greatest. Essentially, what happens is They go to an island to shoot a movie, and there is a giant monkey beast who they call King Kong. The movie is about them escaping and making a profit off of King Kong. The CGI isn’t the best compared to right now, but a solid effort at the time it was made at. The movie doesn't attempt to positively portray the Native people on the island, and many people do not like having one of the actresses Anne on the ship because she is a woman (sexist because it was made in 1933.)

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Teen, 13 years old Written byShy Guy April 17, 2020

Visuals ahead of it's time, overall pretty good.

It isn't by any means a bad movie. The visuals were great for it's time and the storytelling was pretty above average. Kong was a real sight to see, and I loved the sounds that they gave him. There was frequent sexism and racial stereotypes, but it was made in the early 30's. There were some scenes that went on for a bit too long, but it was layed out pretty good. I wouldn't rate this a family movie necessarily, but it definitely could be watched with some loved ones.
Teen, 13 years old Written byfelicel April 15, 2020

Teen - Age 13

Old school black-and-white movie that does contain violence and horror while it shows graphics of the colossal ape.

This title contains:

Positive Messages
Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byCatInaHardHat April 6, 2020

King Kong

Its a good movie but king kong looks awful, but it's from so long ago that it's okay. This movie has some sad stuff and deaths, and I don't think that a little kid would care to see this because it's an old school movie. There is a romance part but its not too bad for a kid. Overall it's a fun movie to watch but a kid would probably prefer watching the newer 2017 remake of this.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Teen, 13 years old Written byGojiWilliams February 6, 2020

Not as good as Godzilla

I like Godzilla better

This title contains:

Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Teen, 14 years old Written byWooba January 1, 2020
Ireland A classic monster movie - you might say, THE classic monster movie. Kids will find it exciting, and thrilling, although I’ve known some who’ve found it boring because it’s quite old. This is why I recommend showing it to your children at a young age - otherwise they may just dismiss it as teenagers. Certainly little children may find scenes distressing (Kong does seem to violently kill a large number of innocent people, but most of them are Americans so they probably deserve it, according to some anyway) but it’s no good showing them films with no distressing scenes at all - they need to know what real life is like, especially what to do when giant gorillas attack.
Try to encourage your little one to sympathise with the big one (i.e. Kong). And you should try to get them to appreciate the special effects of the day - explain to them how the whole thing works.
Teen, 14 years old Written byWooba January 1, 2020
Ireland A classic monster movie - you might say, THE classic monster movie. Kids will find it exciting, and thrilling, although I’ve known some who’ve found it boring because it’s quite old. This is why I recommend showing it to your children at a young age - otherwise they may just dismiss it as teenagers. Certainly little children may find scenes distressing (Kong does seem to violently kill a large number of innocent people, but most of them are Americans so they probably deserve it, according to some anyway) but it’s no good showing them films with no distressing scenes at all - they need to know what real life is like, especially what to do when giant gorillas attack.
Try to encourage your little one to sympathise with the big one (i.e. Kong). And you should try to get them to appreciate the special effects of the day - explain to them how the whole thing works.
Teen, 13 years old Written byHigh five kid January 12, 2019

Great monster movie

This is an incredible movie with a good deal of violence. Kong fights monsters, rolls a log so sailors fell to their death, destroys a subway track, rampages through a village and swats at fighter planes. Something commonsensemedia doesn’t include in their review is that the original “bride of Kong” is depicted naked with flowers covering her. All in all this is a great movie

This title contains:

Positive Messages
Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Teen, 16 years old Written byJohn A. September 4, 2018

Rated PG (Contains mild violence, threat and brief injury detail).

SEX/NUDITY - There is a moment where Kong removes a part of a woman's dress, but nothing explicit is shown. There are also some outdated viewpoints and opinions on women. VIOLENCE/GORE - Frequent violent scenes involving long sequences where Kong fights and kills prehistoric beasts and eventually begins to kill men and innocent bystanders. Infrequent injury detail also occurs, where blood is seen pouring out of a dead beast's open mouth. PROFANITY - Infrequent very mild language. DRINKING/DRUGS/SMOKING - Occasional scenes of smoking, reflecting on the time period. THREAT/HORROR - Sustained mild threat is present throughout, where Kong kills innocent people and holds a screaming woman captive. However, the threat is weakened by the outdated nature of the film, and the fact that it is presented in 'black & white'.

PG - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Contains mild content, generally suitable for children aged 8 years and over.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2017

Scary, But Amazing Classic Monster Movie

King Kong is a great well-made movie with amazing special effects by Willies O'Brien.

The movie can get violent once the crew land on Skull Island. One of the most violent scenes can be the log scene where the whole entire crew (on skull island), except from the men who are the lead roles in the movie, are killed. There is also a rather sexy scene where Kong starts tearing off Ann Darrow's clothes. Luckily he doesn't go too far to show off any private or very sexy and rude areas.

In my opinion this is a fine movie ages 9 (or maybe 10) and up.
I also give it a 5 star rating.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Teen, 16 years old Written byMovieGeek12345 November 4, 2017

An epic monster movie!

King Kong is not only an extremely influential film, using great special effects (for the time) and an original storyline which would influence many movies in the future. King Kong is also entertaining and has an enthralling plot and interesting characters. Parents should know however that there is constant violence though not at all graphic by todays standards really pushed the boundaries in the 30's.
Kid, 8 years old May 21, 2017

Great Movie

One of the best movies I have ever watched. Loved the battle scenes, lots of love. King Kong was awesome and the dinosaurs are really cool. Lots of destroying, cool people. Not too scary.
Kid, 10 years old September 14, 2015

The eighth wonder of the World!

Despite how cheesy the affects looked theses were amazing in 1933. Since the affects are fake-looking, it is likely your kids will not be scared of it. good plot, story if it would have a rating, I would of gaven it PG.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Kid, 10 years old July 31, 2013

THE BEST MONSTER MOVIE EVER

an incredible monster movie. Just fantastic, entertaining, funny and visually spectacular. Saw this when I was 10 and loved it, excellent special effects for the time and superb acting. And a very sad ending make this a must see classic
Teen, 14 years old Written byThe pox July 21, 2013

Spectacular

Talk about a classic. Possibly the most famous monster of all time. Worth a million watches, but not for sensitive people.

This title contains:

Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 February 15, 2013

action packed monster flick will entertain anyone

this thrilling, incredible monster flick is a total classic in many ways. it is well known, has great stop motion effects, and contains plentiful, never-before-seen action. but this old, awesome horror flick is better fit for older kids. despite its age, King Kong still has some incredibly graphic violence. there is a massive body count, with people eaten, crushed, and dropped from high buildings, all on screen. Kong destroys a train, buildings, and cars. humans shoot at Kong with guns and smoke bombs. Kong fights with a T-Rex and giant lizard. Kong bleeds profusely following these battles and when he is shot off the Empire State Building, blood flows from his wounds. in a lighter scene, a man smokes.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2013

One of the Most Groundbreaking Monster Movies Ever

This is a very groundbreaking movie. The special effects look cheesy now, but they look great for the 30's. It moves at a very fast pace, first one monster appears, then, as soon as it goes away, another one appears. Once the action starts, it's almost non stop until the end. If there wasn't any romance, I would've given it 5 stars.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Teen, 16 years old Written byhomealonefan123 November 12, 2012

Really????

not very violent, what do you expect in a very old movie?

Pages