Planet of the Apes - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 7, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
It wasn't that hot in 1968. Now, it's pretty campy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
Pure shallow, dumb fun.
| Original Score: 69/100
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John Dooley
Salon.com
August 16, 2001
A dreadful film, a compendium of clumsy dialogue, one-dimensional characters, risible plot turns and long silences broken by incomprehensible meaningful looks.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs.
Richard Roud
Guardian
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2007
It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 30, 2007
Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
May 9, 2015
Still beguiling
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Sci-fi classic is better -- and worse -- than you remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2011
This generational touchstone remains a playful widescreen fable of the bestiality that defines and destroys cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
A timeless holdover from the days when science fiction was about ideas instead of explosions.
| Original Score: 5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 17, 2008
A sci-fi classic that still holds up today and far surpasses Tim Burton's remake.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
August 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 7, 2008
It's all about the closing scene. Cool!
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
Somehow this melding of clever science fiction ideas with old-fashioned popcorn thrills just clicked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 29, 2016
A pitch perfect science fiction film, that still conveys sharp social commentary...
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