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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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March 15, 2017
You can tell me all day that this is great, Avatar-like use of animation. I'll even grant the point. But though I was engaged in the first half of the film, this action section left me looking at my watch.
June 14, 2016
With little dialogue but a world of emotion in his face, eyes and body, [Andy Serkis] not only keeps us on our toes but also has us rooting for the apes to trounce humanity.
July 17, 2014
If you're a fan of the series, you'll love it; if you're not a fan it may make you one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 10, 2014
Save Christopher Nolan's "Batman," no film so brilliantly reinvigorated a franchise more than this, a thrilling opening act that's equally captivating and leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 24, 2013
Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.
June 23, 2013
Rise of the Planet of the Apes has some life to it as an action film, but every time anyone opens their mouth, man or beast, you'll feel like someone figured out a way to sneak in groundbreaking CGI into your middle schooler's class play.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 28, 2013
Overall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intermittently entertaining with a few nice nods to the original series.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 15, 2013
The bad news is that whenever this prequel's CGI apes aren't on-screen, you're wishing the flesh-and-blood actors would get the hell off!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 14, 2013
Audacious, violent and disquieting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.
October 2, 2012
Despite thin human drama, and one note supporting characters, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprisingly sincere story that elevates the franchise canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2012
Despite some pretty glaring plotholes, the combination of astonishing special effects and a tension-filled story makes for a gripping and worthy rebirth for the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2012
Had the second half of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" not descended into silliness, perhaps the film would have been a more worthy addition to the Apes legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2012
Surprises at all corners with characters we can care about who transcend the illusion of CGI most of the time...
January 2, 2012
The substance of the film is simply mesmerising: the way in which it prioritises story over spectacle, saying so much without explicit over-statement is a triumph, and it is for good reason that it is one of my picks for Best Film at next year's Oscars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 30, 2011
One of the ten best films of 2011, and the year's best popcorn movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 28, 2011
... One of the better movies of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 23, 2011
Only in a world where James Franco portrays Will Rodman, a brilliant biochemist working for a pharmaceutical company, can apes get the best of mankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2011
It may not be the best film of 2011, but it's certainly one of the best sci fi films of the year, and easily one of the best sequels/prequels in the last several years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2011
Thanks to the eye-popping performance-capture technology developed for Avatar and another astonishing primate performance by Andy Serkis, Rise puts across its fantasy so convincingly that you're swept away - and chilled - as the story unfolds.
December 13, 2011
Whilst it sometimes suffers from feeling like the first chapter in a much longer story, this is a fun and intelligent re-imagining of a classic movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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