Planet of the Apes Reviews

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August 27, 2020
Space special effects have aged, but the makeup effects for the mutant apes remain perfectly adequate.
June 19, 2020
Planet of the Apes may have worked as a novel, but as a movie it is a spectacular and ludicrous failure.
September 29, 2019
Planet of the Apes (1968) is a classic, thought-provoking and engrossing science fiction film that was the loosely-adapted film version of Pierre Boule's 1963 science-fiction novel La Planète Des Singes (Monkey Planet).
March 19, 2019
The picture is an enormous many-layered black joke on the hero and the audience, and part of the joke is the use of Charlton Heston as the hero. I don't think the movie could have been so forceful or so funny with anyone else.
October 31, 2018
Redefined forever going forward the notion of film-as-franchise that's so commonplace today.
September 17, 2018
Whether you've seen it 100 times or for the first time, that final shot is unforgettable, in both aesthetic and meaning. A perfect film.
July 6, 2018
Planet of the Apes is full of incidental intel- ligences. What it can't pull off is the essential science fiction trick of ,total persuasion.
March 27, 2018
By its appeal to both the imagination and the intellect within a context of action and elemental adventure, in its relevance to the consuming issues of its time...Planet of the Apes is that rare film which will transcend all age and social groupings.
January 9, 2018
It is no good at all, but fun, at moments, to watch.
August 19, 2017
For all its self-conscious thoughtfulness, it also works as a B-grade sci-fi film.
July 29, 2016
A pitch perfect science fiction film, that still conveys sharp social commentary...
November 3, 2015
It's a film to see, all right, and it does confirm Schaffner's talent. It is only that one can now see more clearly the limits of that talent, limits which are much narrower than I had hoped.
May 9, 2015
Still beguiling
July 6, 2012
Somehow this melding of clever science fiction ideas with old-fashioned popcorn thrills just clicked.
July 30, 2011
Back in 1968, this sci-fi, directed by Schaffner and penned by Wilson and Serling, was original, quite intelligent , and well executed, garnering a special Oscar for makeup.
July 6, 2011
As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us.
July 3, 2011
This generational touchstone remains a playful widescreen fable of the bestiality that defines and destroys cultures.
September 1, 2009
Signifying Monkeys
November 7, 2008
It's all about the closing scene. Cool!
November 2, 2008
A modern science fiction classic.
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