Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
September 16, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 12, 2011

A reasonably muscular popcorn film with a surprisingly tender soul.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 9, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 8, 2011

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.

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
September 4, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Roark
Christianity Today
September 2, 2011

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 | Original Score: 1/4
David Denby
New Yorker
Top Critic
August 30, 2011

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.

Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 28, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 27, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
August 26, 2011

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.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 25, 2011

There is no reason for this movie to exist.

Full Review | Original Score: F
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 25, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
August 23, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
Top Critic
August 22, 2011

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.

Margot Harrison
Seven Days
August 19, 2011

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 17, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
Top Critic
August 17, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 16, 2011

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.

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