Features backlot spectacle, a cast of hundreds battle, a weak whisper of gladiatorial vengeance -- everything, in fact, but imagination.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The movie can be both a gas and distant, a toy sealed in its unbreakable box.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
There's one reason to see Tim Burton's flawed, somewhat declawed but often amusing do-over of Planet of the Apes. The apes.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
It doesn't take a brain, or even opposable thumbs, to make a summer movie.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
This will not be remembered as the finest hour for Burton's neo-Goth sensibilities.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
A campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
As it is, it's one of Burton's lesser works -- above the goofy Mars Attacks!, but below Sleepy Hollow and his Batman films when it comes to earnest adventure.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Begins with both polish and promise and boasts consistently strong visuals. But plot structure, never a Burton forte, dissolves in a fizzle of fits and start, and the ending is a real groaner.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
As is all too familiar with modern adventure movies, it gets trapped in formula - big action scenes that offer few surprises, a predictable story arc, dialogue peppered with cliched bon mots and obligatory big ideas that are spoken rather than dramatized.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
John Leonard - New York Magazine
Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Burton and his screenwriters are not clear about whether they want to send up the original, itself a campy cautionary tale, or whether they want to rethink it.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Mission accomplished, and in high style.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Easily the best of this summer's generally rotten serving of popcorn movies, Planet keeps you on the edge of your seat for nearly two hours.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Works equally well as a popcorn adrenaline-heart-pumper as it does a pop-philosophical inquiry into the nature of humanity.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
The picture just feels listless at the centre.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
By the time the picture rattled to its confusing and badly conceived ending, I couldn't help wishing it had somehow added up to more.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Offers proof of Hollywood's simian instincts: Monkey see old hit, monkey do remake.
David Edelstein - Slate
One more disappointment in a summer of lackluster 'event pictures.'
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The movie fails to rise to the high emotional and imaginative standards Burton has set for himself in such films as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and the first two Batman movies.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Call it a letdown, worsened by the forces of shoddy screenwriting.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The sad truth about Planet of the Apes is that, disappointingly, it's just not very much fun to watch.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The finale unfolds in one of the most nonsensical series of events ever created on film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
Decent re-imagining of the classic.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Burton's singular vision is missing from this mishmash of a remake, part sci-fi, part adventure, part ape-human romance, but unsatisfying on any level. Mark Wahlberg's pallid turn doesn't help and neither does the PG-13 rating which proves confining
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Derek Adams - Time Out
While Edward Scissorhands could have come from no other imagination, Apes could have been directed by any action director and come out fairly similar to this.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
It is like an elaborate card trick that has 30 steps but the deck was rigged so that the card you picked was obviously predetermined
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Alexander Walker - This is London
Lynne Truss - Daily Mail [UK]
...one of the most entertaining check-your-brain-at-the-door flicks in recent years.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Like Burton's Sleepy Hollow, another grim triumph of set design over story.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The apes of '68 may now appear more comical than scary but their 2001 descendants are truly terrifying.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Mark Wahlberg is no Chuck Heston, and Lady Liberty doesn't make an appearance.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It doesn't hold a candle to the original.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
David Poland - Hot Button
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Planet of the Apes has talking monkees, yes, but it doesn't seem to have figured out a damn thing about human behavior, primate behavior or, most importantly, even what it wants to say.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Tim Burton's "reinvention" of '68 sci-fi classic boasts awesome makeup and design -- and awful writing.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Yes, the apes are very, very cool. The costumes, the sets, the makeup, the stunts, the music and the special effects: cool, cool, cool.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
If you're as much of a sucker for apes as I am you're in for a treat, but if you're looking for compelling human characters and challenging subtext, you've got the wrong movie.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Doesn't have the solidity of theme of the 1968 movie. Also ... Burton's version seems to force an ending that is neither thoughtful nor effective.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Noah Davis - Hollywood.com
only serves as evidence there are some bits of Seventies nostalgia that belong in the same closet with Whip Inflation Now buttons and the Swine Flu vaccine.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Signing Tim Burton as director was a textbook example of a great idea on page...
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
The only message the new Apes seemed to convey was that it ran out of things to say before it even started.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Sometimes, it doesn't help to write a review a few minutes after seeing a movie. Completely forgettable.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Los puristas diran que esta nueva version es una afrenta a la anterior; la unica verdad es que estamos delante de otra cinta. No existe ni puede existir la comparacion.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
If only Burton cared as much about having real characters as he did about having real actors.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Had enough of a fun story and great visuals to make it worth my five bucks.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Neither superior nor inferior to the original, but it does serve as a nice companion piece.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
... not a "remake" so much as a "revisal," a new take on old material. The problem is, no one connected with the film seems to have any idea just what that "take" is.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Dean Essner - Movieline
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
The movie creates little excitement, builds virtually no suspense, and altogether shuns any semblance of characterization.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Easily the most extensively racist Hollywood movie produced in recent memory.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
In a film at least tangentially about evolution it strikes me as poignant that in 31 years, this Planet of the Apes is actually a good deal dumber than the original.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
despite some wonderful moments, this Planet of the Apes isn't going to make anyone forget Charlton Heston sinking to his knees in the surf.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
You damn dirty apes! You remade it! Didn't you?!?
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Neither a thought provoking metaphor for racism, nor a jaw-dropping blockbuster loaded to the max with action.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
...will forever be remembered as one of the most unforgivable remakes I've ever seen.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
The technical wizardry redeems a largely uninspired script that resorts to a forced, nonsensical twist to fuel post-movie discussion.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Planet of the Apes rocked my world.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Mark Freeman - Critical Eye
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
This latest incarnation of the robust franchise is more entertaining and intelligent than several of the summer's other tentpoles.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Burton es mucho mejor cineasta de lo que El Planeta de los Simios deja ver
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
KJ Doughton - Nitrate Online
Stunning, amazing, Oscar-caliber makeup by Rick Baker; astoundingly flexible and natural, allows for great lip movement and facial expressions of the actors underneath.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The fruits of Burton's imagination are almost always worth seeing on the big screen, but don't go expecting anything intelligent.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A lightweight, slight movie which only looks savagely convincing.
Tom Coates - BBC
it's hard to justify the remake, er, "revisit," beyond the improvements in make-up special effects and computer-generated imagery
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Its dialogue, action, and effects are as mired in formulas, cliches, and stereotypes as the simian world our hero finds himself imprisoned on.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
The kind of two-finger salute you expect from the creators of Tomb Raider, not Broyles Jr. and Burton.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Ben Varkentine - PopMatters
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
Gives us another chance to experience the skewed vision of Tim Burton.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Though Burton's Planet is a mixed success, the world he creates is exactly what it should be: a madhouse... a madhouse!
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A rather tame flick intellectually, going for pop culture jokes and obvious political quotes, rather than the character-driven, satirical allegory of the original.
David Forsmark - Credo
Tim Burton doesn't quite manage to hit a homerun, but he does give us 2 hours of superficial fun, and, as far as this summer goes, that's good enough.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Burton's film isn't the effects-driven barrage I had worried it might be, but neither does it pack the emotional wallop and sense of wonder that Schaffner's original film carried.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
In the tradition of Independence Day, Twister, and the original Jurassic Park, this is a great Summer Movie.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It doesn't even seem like Burton showed up to direct this turkey.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Burton provides plenty of eye candy and a few giggles, but ultimately his film has little soul.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Anyone looking for a good, fun popcorn movie in which monkeys get their butts kicked will get what precisely they expect.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Planet of the Apes isn't as badly miscalculated as Burton's Mars Attacks from a few years ago, but there's little here to admire beyond the design and some of the staging of the action scenes.
Steven Mazey - Ottawa Citizen
This Planet of the Apes is destined to become the box-office champ.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
Well-acted, beautifully shot and splendidly costumed, it's superior to the original in its looks, but not as potent or meaningful in its story line.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
Despite its flashes of wizardry, Planet of the Apes doesn't serve his restless, wild imagination.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Tim Burton offers an eye-appealing world but a truly disappointing story.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's hard to get your dander up about who's on what side or what side will 'win,' because the characters are so underdeveloped and the plot kind of lurches from set-piece to set-piece.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Unlike the vast majority of its competition this year, it's actually interesting, exciting and even a little thought-provoking.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The script is a pathetic hodgepodge ... the acting is horrible, and the 'surprise' ending feels like a swing from a ball-peen hammer into the temple.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
Tim Roth dominates as the big bad ape, the set design is inspired, but you might say the human element is lacking. And that ending? Possibly written by a chimp.
John Anderson - Newsday
Overall, Burton delivers a competently staged affair that somehow seems safe and conventional.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Though often swank, it might be too harsh and clammy to be a natural high, unless you're deep into species masochism.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It is a potent action film with some philosophical meat on its bones
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Burton brings time and experience to this advanced retelling of the familiar tale.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Cheesy but not much fun, and it never reaches the level of pulp poetry.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
Dull and aimless and lacks even the slightest hint of heart.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
I can't think of a better person to have directed this film than Tim Burton. His touch is sly and whimsical.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Not very impressive from a storytelling aspect.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The most uneven motion picture Tim Burton has ever made.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The new surprise ending? It delivers, in a mode that's half Burton, half Twilight Zone.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Hits the bull's eye with its thematically relevant portrait of the clash between hostility and hospitality as the major challenge facing humans in the twenty-first century.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Adds a whole new dimension to the experience while keeping the essence of original intact.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
This summer's most beautiful, most exciting and most intelligent new movie.
Bruce Kirkland - Toronto Sun
Whatever the faults of the first Planet and its sequels, they were all about something; this film is pure, empty (if gorgeous) spectacle.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Overall, I recommend Planet of the Apes for fun. Just don't expect anything more than a remake.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Delivers a stimulating popcorn adventure that's enough like the original 1968 Planet of the Apes to deserve the name, but has enough differences to carve out its own entertaining identity.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Tim Burton has put together an artistically cranked-up remake that improves on many aspects of the original -- most everything, in fact, except the simple, clear storytelling that made it a classic in the first place.
Michael Tunison - Boxoffice Magazine
The best (if not the nastiest) interspecies love-triangle flick you'll ever see.
Dave White - IFilm
Style over substance.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Burton loads his Planet of the Apes with scenes that fans of the series have long dreamed of.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
Dreary and overwrought.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A fun, summer movie with laughs, creepiness and a really cool premise.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
A mildly underachieving film that, while entertaining, could have been an ape for the new millennium.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Unimaginative fare, generic and humorless hero, banal villain.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Very much a child of today's Hollywood, it's a triumph of production design over storytelling, of cliches over creativity.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Whatever its flaws, however, the new Planet of the Apes displays an abundance of highly evolved cinematic craftsmanship at a time when that's looking more and more like an endangered species in corporate Hollywood.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Let the gray matter rest and enjoy what may be the best two hours of nonsense you'll see this year.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The screenplay, from William Broyles, Jr., Lawrence Konner and Mark D. Rosenthal is one of the worst I've ever experienced.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Burton manages to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
This movie may be descended from the [original] Apes, but it exceeds it at almost every turn.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The most disappointing aspect of Planet of the Apes is that, despite its presentation, the film is so very ordinary, without urgency or revelation.
Lawrence Terenzi - Mr. Showbiz
Without the faintest hint of director Tim Burton's uniquely uncanny style, Planet of the Apes version 2.0 feels like nothing more than a generic (albeit overblown) sci-fi summer movie -- and a forgettably mediocre one at that.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Planet of the Apes works as an action flick, it works as a comedy, it just plain works.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A visually extravagant but curiously flat, muted adventure -- one so lackadaisically plotted and structured that it's easy to lose track of what is happening on the screen, even though there's never much to keep track of to begin with.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The fascinating visuals are one reason to see the new Planet of the Apes.
Francesca Chapman - Philadelphia Daily News
As we've come to expect from Burton, Planet of the Apes is a movie of unusual beauty and spooky visual qualities.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
This Planet of the Apes is perfectly acceptable, deliriously charming -- a goofy B-movie dolled up like a square-jawed A-list blockbuster.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
Intelligent, well paced and engrossing.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The new Planet, while certainly unable to duplicate the exuberance related to the discovery of a fascinating new world for those who've seen the original, is every bit as much fun as its predecessor.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
The movie isn't interested in scoring any genuine cultural points; it just recycles second-hand social cliches while biding time for the big chases and generic action scenes.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It's a shame, because visually the film is astounding. Burton's bold style and unique point of view are front and center. Yet Apes is a classic example of 'all dressed up with nowhere to go.'
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
As in all of Burton's movies, including Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, the art direction is intricate, meticulous, and strangely beautiful.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Planet is impressive but cold.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Planet of the Apes isn't a real Burton movie; it's just another summer title in a monkey suit.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It has its flaws, and traditionalists are likely to think it falls well short of its inspiration, but it works on its own terms.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A nonstop pleasure for the eye.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
The best effects-driven action film of the summer has just arrived.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Perhaps most disappointing is the lack of psychological subtleties...
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
While respectable enough on its own low terms, the picture is disappointingly conventional and unimaginative.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Unequivocally, the best plotted, acted, designed, and directed summer movie of 2001!
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
...if 20th Century Fox had set the proverbial 100 chimps in front of typewriters they would have gotten a better result than this adaptation of the Pierre Boulle novel...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Burton does, for the most part, a pretty decent job with his 'revisitation' of Apes.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy