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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 249
Fresh: 204 | Rotten: 45

Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 9

Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.



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A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site

Dec 13, 2011


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Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (6)
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The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.

August 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (62)
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Tthe movie has some plot-point missteps. But it seldom puts the brakes on a story that moves toward a furious ape-human rumble, not in a jungle, but atop the Golden Gate Bridge.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (10)
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If you're a fan of the series, you'll love it; if you're not a fan it may make you one.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

There's very little action throughout, but the narrative is so involving that this isn't a problem whatsoever.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Save Christopher Nolan's "Batman," no film so brilliantly reinvigorated a franchise more than this, a thrilling opening act that's equally captivating and leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Rise of the Planet of the Apes has some life to it as an action film, but every time anyone opens their mouth, man or beast, you'll feel like someone figured out a way to sneak in groundbreaking CGI into your middle schooler's class play.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Overall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intermittently entertaining with a few nice nods to the original series.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The bad news is that whenever this prequel's CGI apes aren't on-screen, you're wishing the flesh-and-blood actors would get the hell off!

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Audacious, violent and disquieting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Despite thin human drama, and one note supporting characters, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprisingly sincere story that elevates the franchise canon.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Despite some pretty glaring plotholes, the combination of astonishing special effects and a tension-filled story makes for a gripping and worthy rebirth for the franchise.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

Had the second half of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" not descended into silliness, perhaps the film would have been a more worthy addition to the Apes legacy.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Surprises at all corners with characters we can care about who transcend the illusion of CGI most of the time...

August 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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The substance of the film is simply mesmerising: the way in which it prioritises story over spectacle, saying so much without explicit over-statement is a triumph, and it is for good reason that it is one of my picks for Best Film at next year's Oscars.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

One of the ten best films of 2011, and the year's best popcorn movie.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

... One of the better movies of the summer.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Only in a world where James Franco portrays Will Rodman, a brilliant biochemist working for a pharmaceutical company, can apes get the best of mankind.

December 23, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (9)

It may not be the best film of 2011, but it's certainly one of the best sci fi films of the year, and easily one of the best sequels/prequels in the last several years.

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Thanks to the eye-popping performance-capture technology developed for Avatar and another astonishing primate performance by Andy Serkis, Rise puts across its fantasy so convincingly that you're swept away - and chilled - as the story unfolds.

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Whilst it sometimes suffers from feeling like the first chapter in a much longer story, this is a fun and intelligent re-imagining of a classic movie.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

Probably the year's best sci-fi effort thus far!

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Being absent for over a decade, the Apes return to the big screen, creating a film that is unbelievably impressive, both on a technical scale and how they were able to adapt this material for the modern age. This is exactly what the franchise needed to give filmgoers a modern feel to the Planet of the Apes saga. This time, it is the events leading up to the 1968 original film and having the events reversed, the humans are trapping apes and testing them, however, it has always been destined to not work that way. This film shows true emotion knows exactly how to create truly gripping scenes between the humans and the apes. This is modern day hollywood at it's finest and I will definitely be referring to this film in years to come. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may not be the most original film of all time, but it is definitely one of the best prequels I have ever seen. This is a gripping film with great direction and fantastic visual effects. I can't wait for the sequel!
July 10, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Where did this come from? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest surprise of 2011.
The effects are great, but what really connects with you is Andy Serkis' performance as the ape Caesar. You feel as emotionally attached to Caesar as any of the human characters, and I believe that's exactly how the filmmakers wanted you to feel.
This is a film that concentrates heavily on its story. Boasting remarkable acting, and truly mesmerizing moments (some only involving CGI apes communicating in sign language), make sure you seek this film out by any means necessary!
July 10, 2014

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The only 'Planet of the Apes' franchise film I have ever seen is the Burton 're-imagining' and I quite like that version as it was visually stunning and a good fun adventure. Right from the start you could tell this new film was a completely different animal pun intended. The comicbook-ish approach has gone and we now have a much more serious sci-fi on a grander more epic scale.

The visual effects on the apes during the character build up and introduction of 'Caesar' was slightly off in my opinion, it was good but there wasn't much of a wow factor going on. The faces did look a bit plastic and too obviously CGI, but as the film progresses and the apes become more aware with Caesar growing in intelligence, it seems the CGI gets better at the same time. By the time Caesar is really plotting his escape and takeover the CGI on his face and entire overall body movement is really quite impressive. This goes for all the other chimps and apes too, especially the gorilla and orangutan which really look fantastic up close along with their body and hand movements.

The plot is decent and a good ride, it starts off slow no doubting that, and there is a lot of character and story building with the experiments and slow evolution of Caesar. At first I was getting a little twitchy I must admit but the story does eventually get a hold of you and I did find myself really getting into it quite quickly. What is nice is the fact they have tried for a clean reboot with a fresh new plot, sort of. Instead of just remaking the original films they have gone with a new approach that has ties with the original films (mainly the fourth one), thus giving a relatively new and fresh aspect to the franchise which was important.

Honestly the human side of the film is rather boring with Franco and Pinto not really gelling whilst Cox and Lithgow are merely background props (good props I might add) which disappear very quickly. Its all about the apes and for most of the run time your just itching for those apes to break free and kick some homosapien ass! When they eventually do its well worth your money as the finale will get your heart pounding as you cheer for the apes to reach freedom. Those damn dirty humans are in their way but luckily we see some great man stomping...but with intelligent action.

What was impressive was how Caesar would not let his fellow primates kill humans needlessly, of course a few do bite the dust but if Caesar was around he didn't want it. Whether that is to show he has evolved and won't sink to that level or the creators just wanted a family friendly film rating I don't know, but it worked well as a character development for the main ape.

The finale is really the cherry on the icing on the cake! a full blown Hominidae rampage through San Francisco with lots of very well realised chimps, one gorilla and an orangutan. It is good that the film doesn't resort to lots of guns and masses of apes being killed, there is a small element of that but it doesn't get over blown with silliness which is good to see. One or two moments of Hollywood craziness perhaps, when the gorilla leaps onto a chopper from the Golden Gate Bridge, and the use of that certain iconic piece of dialog (again!), does that really need to be used again simply because its a 'Planet of the Apes' franchise film?

One of the best films of the year so far for sure, its actually been constructed with some level of intelligence behind it creating a solid foundation. Fits in well with the original franchise films, a decent musical score to evoke emotion with heights of achievement and it has a good ending...although slightly leaning towards a roaring iconic '2001: Space Odyssey' grandiose type finish. kinda manages it too believe it or not!
July 3, 2014

Super Reviewer

Terrible, terrible idea executed fantastically. Full review later.
June 12, 2014
Thomas Bowler

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    1. Caesar: Caesar is home.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (47 days ago)
    1. Dodge Landon: Get your stinking paws off of me, you damn dirty ape!
    – Submitted by Caleb N (14 months ago)
    1. Steven Jacobs: These apes are smarter than you think. We've got to kill their leader.
    – Submitted by Bill L (23 months ago)
    1. Caesar: [to Will] This is my home.
    – Submitted by Charmayne G (2 years ago)
    1. Steven Jacobs: I run a business, not a petting zoo.
    – Submitted by Daniel F (2 years ago)
    1. Will Rodman: You have no idea what you're dealing with!
    – Submitted by Jeevan M (2 years ago)
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