Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 7, 2012
The finale unfolds in one of the most nonsensical series of events ever created on film...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Decent re-imagining of the classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 5, 2006
Burton's singular vision is missing from this mishmash of a remake, part sci-fi, part adventure, part ape-human romance, but unsatisfying on any level. Mark Wahlberg's pallid turn doesn't help and neither does the PG-13 rating which proves confining
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
While Edward Scissorhands could have come from no other imagination, Apes could have been directed by any action director and come out fairly similar to this.
| Original Score: C+
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 13, 2004
It is like an elaborate card trick that has 30 steps but the deck was rigged so that the card you picked was obviously predetermined
Full Review | Original Score: 1
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...one of the most entertaining check-your-brain-at-the-door flicks in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
Like Burton's Sleepy Hollow, another grim triumph of set design over story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 1, 2003
The apes of '68 may now appear more comical than scary but their 2001 descendants are truly terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 20, 2003
Mark Wahlberg is no Chuck Heston, and Lady Liberty doesn't make an appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
It doesn't hold a candle to the original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
November 18, 2002
Planet of the Apes has talking monkees, yes, but it doesn't seem to have figured out a damn thing about human behavior, primate behavior or, most importantly, even what it wants to say.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Tim Burton's "reinvention" of '68 sci-fi classic boasts awesome makeup and design -- and awful writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Yes, the apes are very, very cool. The costumes, the sets, the makeup, the stunts, the music and the special effects: cool, cool, cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
If you're as much of a sucker for apes as I am you're in for a treat, but if you're looking for compelling human characters and challenging subtext, you've got the wrong movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
Doesn't have the solidity of theme of the 1968 movie. Also ... Burton's version seems to force an ending that is neither thoughtful nor effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
only serves as evidence there are some bits of Seventies nostalgia that belong in the same closet with Whip Inflation Now buttons and the Swine Flu vaccine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
June 3, 2002
Signing Tim Burton as director was a textbook example of a great idea on page...
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
May 30, 2002
The only message the new Apes seemed to convey was that it ran out of things to say before it even started.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
May 25, 2002
Sometimes, it doesn't help to write a review a few minutes after seeing a movie. Completely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
May 20, 2002
Los puristas dirán que esta nueva versión es una afrenta a la anterior; la única verdad es que estamos delante de otra cinta. No existe ni puede existir la comparación.
| Original Score: 8/10
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