Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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June 24, 2013
Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.
August 30, 2011
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 22, 2011
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 17, 2011
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 12, 2011
Wyatt proves himself a highly skilled action merchant, packing the film with dynamic, sometimes disorienting camera movements and coming up with some memorable imagery...
August 11, 2011
A relatively modest B-movie bolstered by A-grade technical wizardry.
August 11, 2011
This really is a very enjoyable film: suspenseful and involving...
August 9, 2011
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 6, 2011
A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.
August 5, 2011
Tthe movie has some plot-point missteps. But it seldom puts the brakes on a story that moves toward a furious ape-human rumble, not in a jungle, but atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
August 5, 2011
A creature feature of disappointing stupidity, Rise of the Planet of the Apes replaces the sociopolitical underpinnings of the original film and its sequels with a limp warning about the evils of animal testing.
August 5, 2011
Pass the bananas.
August 5, 2011
[H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus.
August 5, 2011
Since the only really good Planet of the Apes movie was the 1968 original with Charlton Heston, I've always wondered why filmmakers can't just leave well enough alone.
August 5, 2011
What isn't here are any of the joys of the classic film.
August 5, 2011
It's faint praise to say that this is the best of the "Planet of the Apes" movies, because the evolution of special effects and makeup was predictable. But the unexpected strength of the film is its heart.
August 5, 2011
The running time is efficient, the direction is clean, the story is simple but resonant, the effects are understated yet impressive, and the near-wordless star of the show puts on an acting clinic.
August 5, 2011
They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
August 5, 2011
The filmmakers seem to have spent so much attention and, presumably, money on getting the primates right that they completely forgot about the people.
August 5, 2011
Sweet fragrant bananas, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a blast.
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