Planet of the Apes Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
April 7, 2008
A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
April 7, 2008
Planet of the Apes is an amazing film.
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.
May 30, 2007
Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs.
May 30, 2007
It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way.
March 22, 2004
Basically a feature-length 'Twilight Zone' episode, with all that that implies for good and ill... flawed but worthwhile.
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.
July 25, 2001
This classic sci-fi ape picture leaves its imitators and sequels in the dust.
April 17, 2001
A magnificently indignant Heston ... wrestles with the imponderables of a topsy-turvy world in which apes reign over humankind.