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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
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Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 24, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

January 14, 2013
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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 Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2012
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk

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 Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 4/5

September 25, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

August 18, 2012
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 3, 2012
Simon Gallagher
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 2, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

December 30, 2011
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: B+

December 28, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

December 20, 2011
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B+

December 14, 2011
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times

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 Source: The Baltic Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2011
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

November 14, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

October 20, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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 Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine

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 Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 16, 2011
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
Scene-Stealers.com

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: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 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
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 5, 2012
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