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Planet of the Apes Reviews

January 6, 2002
Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2001
Call it a letdown, worsened by the forces of shoddy screenwriting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 1, 2001
A campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
July 30, 2001
Offers proof of Hollywood's simian instincts: Monkey see old hit, monkey do remake.
July 30, 2001
One more disappointment in a summer of lackluster 'event pictures.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 27, 2001
Works equally well as a popcorn adrenaline-heart-pumper as it does a pop-philosophical inquiry into the nature of humanity.
July 27, 2001
Burton provides plenty of eye candy and a few giggles, but ultimately his film has little soul.
July 27, 2001
The summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 27, 2001
There's one reason to see Tim Burton's flawed, somewhat declawed but often amusing do-over of Planet of the Apes. The apes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
By the time the picture rattled to its confusing and badly conceived ending, I couldn't help wishing it had somehow added up to more.
July 27, 2001
Tim Roth dominates as the big bad ape, the set design is inspired, but you might say the human element is lacking. And that ending? Possibly written by a chimp.
July 27, 2001
The movie can be both a gas and distant, a toy sealed in its unbreakable box.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 27, 2001
Easily the best of this summer's generally rotten serving of popcorn movies, Planet keeps you on the edge of your seat for nearly two hours.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
This summer's most beautiful, most exciting and most intelligent new movie.
July 27, 2001
The movie fails to rise to the high emotional and imaginative standards Burton has set for himself in such films as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and the first two Batman movies.
July 27, 2001
Mission accomplished, and in high style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
As is all too familiar with modern adventure movies, it gets trapped in formula - big action scenes that offer few surprises, a predictable story arc, dialogue peppered with cliched bon mots and obligatory big ideas that are spoken rather than dramatized.
July 27, 2001
Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 27, 2001
The picture just feels listless at the centre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 27, 2001
This will not be remembered as the finest hour for Burton's neo-Goth sensibilities.
July 26, 2001
This movie may be descended from the [original] Apes, but it exceeds it at almost every turn.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2001
As it is, it's one of Burton's lesser works -- above the goofy Mars Attacks!, but below Sleepy Hollow and his Batman films when it comes to earnest adventure.
July 26, 2001
Planet of the Apes isn't a real Burton movie; it's just another summer title in a monkey suit.
July 26, 2001
It doesn't take a brain, or even opposable thumbs, to make a summer movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 26, 2001
The most disappointing aspect of Planet of the Apes is that, despite its presentation, the film is so very ordinary, without urgency or revelation.
July 26, 2001
The sad truth about Planet of the Apes is that, disappointingly, it's just not very much fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 26, 2001
Begins with both polish and promise and boasts consistently strong visuals. But plot structure, never a Burton forte, dissolves in a fizzle of fits and start, and the ending is a real groaner.
July 26, 2001
It's a shame, because visually the film is astounding. Burton's bold style and unique point of view are front and center. Yet Apes is a classic example of 'all dressed up with nowhere to go.'
July 26, 2001
Burton and his screenwriters are not clear about whether they want to send up the original, itself a campy cautionary tale, or whether they want to rethink it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2001
A visually extravagant but curiously flat, muted adventure -- one so lackadaisically plotted and structured that it's easy to lose track of what is happening on the screen, even though there's never much to keep track of to begin with.
July 26, 2001
This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2001
The movie isn't interested in scoring any genuine cultural points; it just recycles second-hand social cliches while biding time for the big chases and generic action scenes.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 26, 2001
Features backlot spectacle, a cast of hundreds battle, a weak whisper of gladiatorial vengeance -- everything, in fact, but imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+