Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
May 9, 2015
Still beguiling
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
Somehow this melding of clever science fiction ideas with old-fashioned popcorn thrills just clicked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 30, 2011
Back in 1968, this sci-fi, directed by Schaffner and penned by Wilson and Serling, was original, quite intelligent , and well executed, garnering a special Oscar for makeup.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 6, 2011
As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2011
This generational touchstone remains a playful widescreen fable of the bestiality that defines and destroys cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Signifying Monkeys
Cole Smithey
November 7, 2008
It's all about the closing scene. Cool!
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 2, 2008
A modern science fiction classic.
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
April 7, 2008
A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
April 7, 2008
Planet of the Apes is an amazing film.

April 7, 2008
Seminal simian sci-fi that blends satire with the drive and pace of an adventure story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2008
one of my all time favourites
| Original Score: 4/4
Beth Accomando
January 17, 2008
A sci-fi classic that still holds up today and far surpasses Tim Burton's remake.
| Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
May 30, 2007
Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 30, 2007
Massive marketing notwithstanding, the original film is still quite an achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2007
It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 27, 2006
Dated now, but a lot of fun and the ending was a shocker - the first time you saw it. Science fiction and social commentary blended nicely.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
edgy, intense and surprising
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
March 22, 2004
Basically a feature-length 'Twilight Zone' episode, with all that that implies for good and ill... flawed but worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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