Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

March 26, 2019
There's no question that with its mishmash of half-baked ideas, lack of strong characterization and clear budgetary issues, Beneath represents a steep drop in overall quality from the magnificent Planet of the Apes.
March 26, 2019
The ending of Beneath the Planet of the Apes has shock value, but it's hollow.
March 26, 2019
We've been there, done that, and bought the plastic orang-utan figurines.
March 18, 2019
The zoom-frenzy direction of Ted Post, and a vague satire of Vietnam featuring some hysterical protesting peacenik chimps, does little to cover-up the film's difficulties. But it does have its moments.
March 18, 2019
The whole movie is often frightening in the wrong way -- not by force of satire but by weight of attitudinizing.
October 31, 2018
There are a lot of good ideas peppered throughout the screenplay by Paul Dehn...The problem is that none of these ideas are properly nurtured.
September 17, 2018
Suffers from Jaws 2 syndrome, attempting to replicate the beats of the first film too closely with much of the same cast reprising their roles and character ticks and because of that, it simply doesn't have its own fingerprint.
June 5, 2009
Social commentary was not one of this glum film's strong points.
March 11, 2008
annoying sequel
June 4, 2007
[A] quickie follow-up that vainly tries to imitate the look of the original on an obviously limited budget, and for the most part, eschews the philosophical, social, and racial subtext of the first film in favor of straightforward shoot-em-up.
June 4, 2007
Hokey and slapdash.
July 16, 2005
February 6, 2003
November 12, 2002
More rubbery ape masks, but grimmer and sillier.
July 29, 2002
July 26, 2002
August 1, 2001
Gives a new meaning to the intolerable hell that sequels always seem to deliver.
May 12, 2001
As the apes close in and the mutants squeal their annoying noises, it's hard to care which side wins or loses, and that is a great disappointment after the excitement of the first film.
January 1, 2000
I had forgotten how dreadful Beneath the Planet of the Apes was.
January 1, 2000
The best it would seem the screenwriters would come up with was having another NASA astronaut crash-land on the planet in which apes are the dominant species and the humans inferior.