Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
July 17, 2014

If you're a fan of the series, you'll love it; if you're not a fan it may make you one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
July 14, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
July 10, 2014

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
David Thomson
The New Republic
Top Critic
June 24, 2013

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

Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013

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!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013

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.

Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Looker
September 25, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 18, 2012

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

Simon Gallagher
What Culture
January 2, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 30, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 28, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jordan Hiller
December 23, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 20, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 20, 2011

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.

Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 14, 2011

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

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