Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)



Critic Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.

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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. (c) Fox
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi vioelnce and action, and brief strong language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Andy Serkis
as Caesar
Jason Clarke
as Malcolm
Gary Oldman
as Dreyfus
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Alexander
Kirk Acevedo
as Carver
Judy Greer
as Cornelia
Karin Konoval
as Maurice
Terry Notary
as Rocket
Nick Thurston
as Blue Eyes
Jon Eyez
as Foster
Laramie Shaw
as Ash (as Doc Shaw)
Lee Ross
as Grey
Kevin Rankin
as McVeigh
Jocko Sims
as Werner
Al Vicente
as Man 1
Scott Lang
as Luca
Mustafa Harris
as Officer
Mike Seal
as Driver
J.D. Evermore
as Sniper
Chase Boltin
as Recruit
Michael Papajohn
as Cannon-Gunner
Carol Sutton
as Old Woman
Christopher Berry
as Gun-Clinching Man
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Critic Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

All Critics (281) | Top Critics (53)

Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it, and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances.

Full Review… | September 22, 2016
AV Club
Top Critic

Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax.

Full Review… | July 20, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film.

Full Review… | July 13, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

For the next installment, it might be wisest to forgo our own species altogether and make it all-ape. It is, after all, the logical next step in this particular cinematic evolution.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action.

July 11, 2014
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes


Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark path. Swinging in at 2 hours, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a solid mixture of story, character, and action. Things are predictable and there are times when the plot details become tedious; however, as a whole, this picture comes together. It can be said that this picture relies heavily on CG, and yes it does. All can be forgiven if done the right way and this film does it the right way. The motion capture and the presentation of the apes are spectacular in their own right; almost as if they are standing right there with the rest of the actors. The human characters serve as a good contrast to the apes, which is much welcome. Watching 2 hours of apes just wouldn't be the same. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell have the major human characters to follow. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes never brings the suspense or excitement, yet it is still a recommendable piece.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


While I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain. I really liked Rise and this was just so different from that film and it caught me off guard. The action and special effects are absolutely terrific as are the performances, but the story did not touch me like Rise managed. Still a very good sequel worth watching, but I preferred Rise. I am certainly interested to see where they take the series from here. I don't think this series has ever seen this much popularity and critical acclaim among the mainstream audiences.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


An outstanding, riveting sequel to the very flawed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", concerning the last chance humanity, led by the believer Malcolm (Jason Clarke), have with mending their torn relationship with the apes, led by the charismatic Caesar (Andy Serkis). Where the first movie lacked interesting characters and brilliant twists in plot development, this movie more than makes up for it and some. Serkis, who has one of the most unique careers in the business, is absolutely breathtaking once again, where he raises the character of Caesar to "cult icon" status given the depth and muscle of his performance. The special effects, as expected, are phenomenal, but the real treat here is seeing how the story develops, and even if it gets a little left-wing, anti-gun at times, that is pretty much one of the only flaws the movie has. For the most part, this is a rip-roaring film worthy of the hype surrounding it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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