Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
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
William Kostakis
MovieFIX
August 3, 2011
The biggest fault here is the premise itself. While not a direct remake, Rise covers similar ground to 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 14, 2011
Caesar finds his own voice but the film never does.
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
August 10, 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't exactly a horrible movie, but it fails to live up to the expectations it sets up for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 1, 2011
I realise that action movies aren't meant to be realistic but these characters needed to be far more interesting and believable if they were going to draw me in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 3, 2011
A story that only gets moving when it's about to wrap up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
August 8, 2011
It moves in such a doggedly straight line towards its inevitable conclusion that they might as well have a clock in the corner of the screen counting down to the Big Rise.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 5, 2011
..cannibalizes famous images and lines from all the "Apes" flicks, which is cute until the evident lack of new ideas becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 4, 2011
The central problem with Rise of the Planet of the Apes is that it feels more like a piece of something larger than a complete motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 5, 2011
The apes are fun to ride along with at times, but the humans and the overall story are rather bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 5, 2011
One of the longest advertisements for PETA I've seen since 101 Dalmatians. Only, you know, not nearly as much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
August 5, 2011
Was Franco high when he signed on for this When Animals Attack!-on-CGI-steroids catastrophe?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
August 4, 2011
This by-the-numbers prequel that looks set to re-launch Fox's ape-supremacy franchise removes some of the stink left by Tim Burton's misbegotten remake but doesn't bring anything new to the mythology.
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 5, 2011
[H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 5, 2011
These scenes of mayhem leave you looking forward to the next film more than savouring this one.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 11, 2011
This whole series has gotten out of hand ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2011
They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 5, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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