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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

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David Sims
AV Club
September 22, 2016
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.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Director Matt Reeves has an eye for striking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
June 27, 2016
Hands-down the most intelligent blockbuster of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 27, 2016
One of the most exciting and moving sci-fi experiences of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Meek
Cambridge Day
June 27, 2016
Nothing to go ape about, but a good way to cool your heels in the heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Bailey
June 18, 2016
They manage to accomplish what few reboots have: to tell an origin story that honors the original work and pleases the superfans, while working as involving, compelling cinema, on their own terms and free of all other associations.
Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
June 13, 2016
"Dawn" really marks a new pinnacle of expressiveness in digital animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald
June 6, 2016
Dawn richly rewards one's affections for the original series while delivering a tense thrill-fest. And yes, the apes as rendered by those guys down the road at Weta Digital are amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
Andy Serkis, the actor who plays Caesar through the sophisticated performance-capture technology, gives us a soulful, complicated primate who faces the moral dilemma of a threatened sovereign.
J. Olson
April 9, 2016
It's a handful of moments between chimps that make "Dawn" worthwhile, with a philosophical exchange between Caesar and his right-hand ape, Koba, making a crater-sized impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eileen Jones
The Jacobin
April 5, 2016
Dawn and the other films of the franchise are constantly evoking bleak events in human history. It's part of their whole design, creating a sense of entrapment within a cyclical momentum endlessly replayed.
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
March 26, 2016
More smartly nuanced and visually bombastic than any entry in the series, Dawn boasts a surprisingly textured script and great performances from both the men and the apes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
Way better than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Katherine McLaughlin
The Arts Desk
June 30, 2015
Matt Reeves, the director of another end of the world type scenario in found footage film Cloverfield, takes the reins of this smart and attractive franchise and runs confidently with visceral wanton destruction and a blunt message about gun control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Hatfull
June 30, 2015
This is a confident sequel from Reeves and company; gripping, moving and recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 30, 2015
[Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] is a text book example of how to stay true to the basic genetic code of a movie while also letting it evolve into a different, altogether more sophisticated beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Doenau
June 30, 2015
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes works precisely because it believes in itself and will brook no arguments.
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Hindustan Times
June 30, 2015
Full marks to director Matt Reeves for capturing the human emotions and expressions of his actors even as they grunt and walk like simians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
June 30, 2015
It is better [than Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. Not by much, though, and not where it counts the most. It's better on the level of spectacle, but the storytelling remains shaky at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
June 30, 2015
Reeves conjures a spectacle that has you questioning every moment where movies have conditioned you to cheer instinctively, because the heroism of a moment is so often defined by your allegiances.
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