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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 246
Fresh: 201 | 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: 45
Fresh: 36 | 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

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All Critics (249) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (201) | Rotten (45) | DVD (10)

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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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
Cinema Crazed

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
7M Pictures

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
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The film doesn't try to take on the quasi-political undertones of the 1968 original, but it makes its own case as a personalized science fiction drama.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

o James Franco kai h Freida Pinto me thn ekplhktikh ikanothta na xanontai sto fonto ws glastres, einai idanikoi apo to casting akoma

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

There are plot holes to contend with and a handful of potential jump-the-shark moments, but the smart ending and stunning Golden Gate Bridge stand-off ensure you leave on a high.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.
February 23, 2014

Super Reviewer

Caesar the chimpanzee is the genetically altered product of medical research and when he becomes the victim of the mistreatment afforded to all research animals he uses his superior intelligence to escape captivity. Well it seems that finally, after 43 years, the classic Planet Of The Apes has a worthy sequel! The latest instalment of the simian franchise takes the basic principle of the well meaning but weakly executed Conquest and combines it with elements of Greystoke to create an interesting animal orientated character study of a creature that's neither man nor ape. Once again Andy Sirkis proves his incredible skill in breathing life into animated creations and although the cast of homo sapiens acquit themselves admirably, they all take a back seat to man's best computer generated friend. It's also very nice to see a film in which the special effects actually facilitate the story instead of replacing it and as a result, Rise is one of the most intelligent and best sci-fis of recent years. I hope that this is a sign of things to come. Well, not the apes taking over the world bit, obviously...
October 1, 2013
xGary Xx

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Just not a fan of watching the world coming to an end. Also, I was always cheering for the humans.
April 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

A solid action film, but mostly unmemorable.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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    1. Dodge Landon: Get your stinking paws off of me, you damn dirty ape!
    – Submitted by Caleb N (10 months ago)
    1. Steven Jacobs: These apes are smarter than you think. We've got to kill their leader.
    – Submitted by Bill L (19 months ago)
    1. Caesar: [to Will] This is my home.
    – Submitted by Charmayne G (21 months 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)
    1. Will Rodman: [to Caesar] Don't ever let them catch you.
    – Submitted by Jeevan M (2 years ago)
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