Planet of the Apes - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Planet of the Apes Reviews

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 9, 2002
If only Burton cared as much about having real characters as he did about having real actors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Had enough of a fun story and great visuals to make it worth my five bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
Neither superior nor inferior to the original, but it does serve as a nice companion piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... not a "remake" so much as a "revisal," a new take on old material. The problem is, no one connected with the film seems to have any idea just what that "take" is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 9, 2001
The movie creates little excitement, builds virtually no suspense, and altogether shuns any semblance of characterization.
| Original Score: 5/10
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
November 1, 2001
Easily the most extensively racist Hollywood movie produced in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 27, 2001
In a film at least tangentially about evolution it strikes me as poignant that in 31 years, this Planet of the Apes is actually a good deal dumber than the original.
| Original Score: 1/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
despite some wonderful moments, this Planet of the Apes isn't going to make anyone forget Charlton Heston sinking to his knees in the surf.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
You damn dirty apes! You remade it! Didn't you?!?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 30, 2001
Neither a thought provoking metaphor for racism, nor a jaw-dropping blockbuster loaded to the max with action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
David Keyes
September 29, 2001
...will forever be remembered as one of the most unforgivable remakes I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Dequina
September 1, 2001
The technical wizardry redeems a largely uninspired script that resorts to a forced, nonsensical twist to fuel post-movie discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 20, 2001
Planet of the Apes rocked my world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 14, 2001
This latest incarnation of the robust franchise is more entertaining and intelligent than several of the summer's other tentpoles.
August 12, 2001
Burton es mucho mejor cineasta de lo que El Planeta de los Simios deja ver
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 9, 2001
Call it a letdown, worsened by the forces of shoddy screenwriting.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Carlo Cavagna
August 7, 2001
The fruits of Burton's imagination are almost always worth seeing on the big screen, but don't go expecting anything intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 7, 2001
Stunning, amazing, Oscar-caliber makeup by Rick Baker; astoundingly flexible and natural, allows for great lip movement and facial expressions of the actors underneath.
Full Review| Original Score: 4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 6, 2001
Its dialogue, action, and effects are as mired in formulas, clichés, and stereotypes as the simian world our hero finds himself imprisoned on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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