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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A reasonably muscular popcorn film with a surprisingly tender soul.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B-

September 12, 2011
Eric Melin

It stays true to the central metaphor of the original films and takes its time setting the story up so that when the apes finally do run amok, we are totally invested in the story.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Cynthia Fuchs

The movie is most compelling when it thinks about the ape and the human's likeness (and so critiques racism and speciesism), when Cesar and Will face each other or respond to one another.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

September 8, 2011
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Precuela innecesaria y obvia, en la que nuestra suspensión de la incredulidad se verá desafiada no pocas veces. En una película donde no hay lugar para grandes actuaciones, la mejor labor actoral es, por supuesto, la del mono.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2011
David Roark
Christianity Today

The original centered itself around some weighty ideas involving race, politics, and social class. Those same ideas may exist here, but director Wyatt doesn't really care.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1/4

September 2, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 30, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Sporadically profound, not unlike a riff on the "Dawn of Man" chapter from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B+

August 28, 2011
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Suficientemente bem realizado para não envergonhar a série clássica e ainda nos apresenta àquele que, ao lado de Zira e Cornelius, talvez seja um de seus personagens símios mais tocantes, complexos e memoráveis.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2011
Brandon Judell

In what is easily one of the better films of the year, director Rupert Wyatt, with a first-rate screenplay, melds thrills with wit and state-of-the-art special effects to create a flick you're ready to watch again as soon as it ends.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

August 26, 2011
Cole Smithey

There is no reason for this movie to exist.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: F

August 25, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The familiar contagion plotline prevents the film from achieving the allegorical charm or cautionary impact of the 1968 original.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 25, 2011
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The film has a hackneyed "the-bad-guys-are-us" plot on which to hang some interesting special effects.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

August 23, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 22, 2011
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

Like an old-school science-fiction flick, the film is surprisingly character driven until a final rousing action sequence, and that's all to the good.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 7/10

August 19, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I did find it a surprisingly agreeable afternoon's entertainment.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2011
Louis Proyect

A sharp critique of human nature from the standpoint of our closest relative, the chimpanzee who comes off as much more civilized than those who maintain prisons, zoos, and fight wars against weak and defenseless nations.

Full Review Source:

August 16, 2011
Michael Dequina

Andy Serkis once again gives a master class in expressive, nuanced, powerful physical acting.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 15, 2011
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

A surprising amount of heart comes from our CGI ape. It's a worthy prequel that makes you excited where the series can go.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 7/10

August 15, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

This is, by some distance, the most exciting action adventure of the year. At just 105 minutes, Rise... shows how you can also make a rounded, full-blooded blockbuster in double quick time to leave audiences wanting more.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 5/5

August 15, 2011
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