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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Overall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intermittently entertaining with a few nice nods to the original series.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Caesar finds his own voice but the film never does.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: C
A story that only gets moving when it's about to wrap up.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
..cannibalizes famous images and lines from all the "Apes" flicks, which is cute until the evident lack of new ideas becomes tiresome.
| Original Score: C-
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.
The apes are fun to ride along with at times, but the humans and the overall story are rather bland.
| Original Score: C+
One of the longest advertisements for PETA I've seen since 101 Dalmatians. Only, you know, not nearly as much fun.
Was Franco high when he signed on for this When Animals Attack!-on-CGI-steroids catastrophe?
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.
[H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus.
These scenes of mayhem leave you looking forward to the next film more than savouring this one.
This whole series has gotten out of hand ...
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
There is no reason for this movie to exist.
| Original Score: F