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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)



Critic Consensus: Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.

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A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (47)

Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

June 24, 2013 | Full Review…
The New Republic
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity.

August 30, 2011 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

August 22, 2011 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates.

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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If this film is remembered, it won't be for its storyline, which reverts to cliché a bit too often as it approaches its climax, but for its eye-popping integration of live-action and movie magic. Just as the geniuses...

August 9, 2011
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A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.

August 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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Audience Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes


The digital effects may have been stunning a few years ago but now look dated and artificial, which is at least compensated by Andy Serkis' impressive performance as the ape Caesar, who turns out to be more well developed as a character than the one-dimensional humans.

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Carlos Magalhães

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Being absent for over a decade, the Apes return to the big screen, creating a film that is unbelievably impressive, both on a technical scale and how they were able to adapt this material for the modern age. This is exactly what the franchise needed to give filmgoers a modern feel to the Planet of the Apes saga. This time, it is the events leading up to the 1968 original film and having the events reversed, the humans are trapping apes and testing them, however, it has always been destined to not work that way. This film shows true emotion knows exactly how to create truly gripping scenes between the humans and the apes. This is modern day hollywood at it's finest and I will definitely be referring to this film in years to come. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may not be the most original film of all time, but it is definitely one of the best prequels I have ever seen. This is a gripping film with great direction and fantastic visual effects. I can't wait for the sequel!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

VERDICT: TOTALLY WATCHABLE - Where did this come from? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest surprise of 2011. The effects are great, but what really connects with you is Andy Serkis' performance as the ape Caesar. You feel as emotionally attached to Caesar as any of the human characters, and I believe that's exactly how the filmmakers wanted you to feel. This is a film that concentrates heavily on its story. Boasting remarkable acting, and truly mesmerizing moments (some only involving CGI apes communicating in sign language), make sure you seek this film out by any means necessary!

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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