War for the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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July 28, 2017
Reeves tells a big story that's satisfying in many ways.
July 17, 2017
Although it rouses and overwhelms, it ain't much fun. ... Still, there is much to relish.
July 15, 2017
With its allusions to Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, the Bible, American slavery and the civil-rights movement, "War" may not be subtle but it's ultimate proof that summer sequels and blockbusters don't have to be brain-dead bottom-feeders either.
July 14, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes, the third in the rebooted trilogy, is among the best of the series.
July 14, 2017
Serkis has invented an entirely new medium of performance - one that pushes the series into a realm that would have blown poor George Taylor's mind even more than a half-buried Lady Liberty.
July 14, 2017
The best summer blockbuster in years, a smart, thoughtful, confrontational and challenging allegory for a world run amok.
July 13, 2017
A consistently intelligent, morally thoughtful and often beautiful picture.
July 13, 2017
Around the 20-minute mark in War for the Planet of the Apes a bizarre and wonderful thing occurs. You, the viewer, start to feel like a monkey. No, really.
Top Critic
July 13, 2017
Suspenseful, mournful, grand, sensitively performed by the ape-actors, and told with such visual authority that whenever the humans start flapping their fancy gums you sort of resent it.
July 13, 2017
Serkis is brilliant and memorable and sometimes absolutely heartbreaking as Caesar. The supporting players excel, with each getting a moment or two in the sun.
July 13, 2017
[War for the Planet of the Apes is] a film that feels newly minted, and daringly conceived on an epic scale. It's as if no one bothered to tell the filmmakers that Hollywood doesn't do grandeur anymore.
July 13, 2017
Reeves and Bomback are determined to keep this extended prequel smart and the dialogue impressively lean, even as the story begins to wear as it stretches towards the 2 1/2-hour mark.
July 13, 2017
Apologies to Charlton Heston loyalists, but "War for the Planet of the Apes" is a good example of how today's movies sometimes beat the hell out of the oldies.
July 13, 2017
"War for the Planet of the Apes" is a work made of anthropomorphized animals and computerized smoke and mirrors, but at its core is an urgency that we like to associate with being human. The movie makes you wonder if it's time to rethink that.
July 13, 2017
"War for the Planet of the Apes" may have the body of an action film, but it has the soul of an art-house drama and the brains of a political thriller.
July 13, 2017
A stirring, soulful conclusion to a trilogy that has brilliantly evolved from its original source, claiming the admittedly not-very-competitive crown as the summer's best sequel.
July 13, 2017
It is a subversively thrilling treat to see the masterworks of art and cinema given the monkey business so expertly, the process enriching rather than lessening the stature of those works.
July 13, 2017
The more engrossing intraspecies relationships have disappeared, and the simian ones lack the verbal wit that animated the original series.
July 13, 2017
Sci-fi has become the domain for mindless action and spectacle, but "War" is something different, a subdued and somber science fiction film, with only small pockets of action.
July 13, 2017
The rebooted franchise goes out with a bang - and a career-high performance from motion-capture maestro Andy Serkis
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