“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“This Was A Surprisingly Good Movie.”
“Nowhere Near The Original Film. Makes You Wonder How The 'implied' Sequel Is Going To Be.”
“Evolution Becomes Revolution Indeed In What Is One Of The Best Films Of The Year."”
“I Loved Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”
“Rise Of The Apes Makes Justice To This Franchise After Years Of Failures And Regrets.”
“A Truly Remarkable Film With Stunning Visual Effects That Compliments Focused Retelling Of Pieces From Its Original Counterparts!”
“Get Serkis A Nomination Already!”
“I Just Got A Bitch Slap”
“Was And Awesome Movie”
“Pointing A Mirror In The Face Of Society - Best Movie Of 2011”
“Caeser Is Home.”
“Our World...Their Planet”
“The Apes Rise In A Splendid Way, Thanks To A Sharp Story And The Work Of Andy Serkis.”
“In Reference To The Scale Of The Big Budget Films Of The Summer, It Doesn't Compare, But Where It Lacks In Scale, It More Than Makes Up For With Heart And Story, And That, To Me, Is What Movie Making Is All About.”
“No. You're Not A Pet.”
“You Never No What You Have Until It's Lost, Or Taken From You”
“And The Best Actor Award Goes To Caesar !”
“In The Year Of Our Lord, 2011, Patriots Of The Jungle, Starving And Outnumbered, Charged The Fields Of The World. They Fought Like Warrior Poets. They Fought Like Apes. And Won Their Freedom.”
“"Evolution Becomes Revolution!"--Such A Great Tagline For Such A GREAT Movie!”
“See I Told Don't Fuck With Us Apes And Now Evolution Becomes The Revolution!!”
“Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Could Have Been A Great Film..if It Wasn't So Uneven.”
“A Workable Origin Film With Marvellous Effects”
Rise of the Planet of the Apes could have been a great film...if it wasn't so uneven.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's just an apes-on-the-rampage creature feature, with a decent setup, a wobbly second act, and a glorified-videogame urban-action payoff.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Precisely the kind of summer diversion that the studios have such a hard time making now. It's good, canny-dumb fun.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
With its skillful blend of live action and motion-capture technology, it's a handsomely made prequel to familiar monkey business.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The filmmakers seem to have spent so much attention and, presumably, money on getting the primates right that they completely forgot about the people.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
You may, like me, skulk into the new "Rise of the Planet of the Apes'' expecting the worst. And you may, like me, be genuinely surprised by where this movie takes you.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Caesar's prison conversion to charismatic pan-ape revolutionist is near-silent filmmaking, with simple and precise images illustrating Caesar's General-like divining of personalities and his organization of a group from chaos to order.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is this summer's best popcorn flick.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Rises above its dramatic deficits, boosts the collective IQ of this summer's movies and swings into flights of kinetic fantasy that blow the collective mind.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Conjured through the ever-expanding magic of performance-capture technology, the apes are easily the most compelling elements of Apes.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...very nearly close to completely awesome, and is the best sci-fi blockbuster of the summer, in a walk, even.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
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.
David Denby - New Yorker
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.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
One never knows exactly where the human ends and the effects begin, but Serkis and/or Caesar gives the best performance in the movie.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Swift and nimble, like the rising ape at its center, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is gratifyingly free of the usual big-budget blockbuster weight and volume.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The first half (presumably where most of the narrative scenes were excised) is frustratingly arrhythmic; more satisfying is the ape revolution of the final half-hour, a scary and deftly handled passage.
- Chicago Reader
In the oeuvre of Planet of the Apes pics - four sequels to the original, and the 2001 Tim Burton-directed remake - Rise is certainly not the most interesting, nor the most inventive. But it's not risible, either.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is first-class entertainment, packed with clever, unsettling and even inspired ideas.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pass the bananas.
Tom Long - Detroit News
If you've ever seen or heard about a "Planet of the Apes" movie, you know where this is leading. But that doesn't make the trip any less enjoyable.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for an impressive, if predictably downbeat prequel to a franchise famous for unhappy endings.
Peter Debruge - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Wyatt's version, scripted by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (who previously teamed for The Relic), pays tribute to the original series without being bound by it.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Sweet fragrant bananas, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a blast.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
If this film is remembered, it won't be for its storyline, which reverts to cliche 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...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I kind of enjoyed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" despite its evident silliness and the fact that nobody's likely to remember it three weeks from now.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This movie is a worthy claimant to the simian throne and the rare summer blockbuster that gets more, not less, fun as it goes along.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The central problem with Rise of the Planet of the Apes is that it feels more like a piece of something larger than a complete motion picture.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
This seventh film in the Planet of the Apes series rises to such ridiculous heights, it's impossible not to laugh out loud -- in a good way, in appreciation.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
As both a simian simile and a wonder of technology, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves to be in the company of the great original Kong.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Rise of the Planet of the Apes rises and, at times, even soars - all thanks to what human actors in league with computer technology can now achieve to bring the apes to life.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" does it right. Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable, it's a model summer diversion that entertains without insulting your intelligence.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
If you're a fan of the series, you'll love it; if you're not a fan it may make you one.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
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.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.
David Thomson - The New Republic
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.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Overall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intermittently entertaining with a few nice nods to the original series.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
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!
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
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.
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.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
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.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Surprises at all corners with characters we can care about who transcend the illusion of CGI most of the time...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
Simon Gallagher - What Culture
One of the ten best films of 2011, and the year's best popcorn movie.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
... One of the better movies of the summer.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
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.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
Probably the year's best sci-fi effort thus far!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The film doesn't try to take on the quasi-political undertones of the 1968 original, but it makes its own case as a personalized science fiction drama.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
o James Franco kai h Freida Pinto me thn ekplhktikh ikanothta na xanontai sto fonto ws glastres, einai idanikoi apo to casting akoma
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
There are plot holes to contend with and a handful of potential jump-the-shark moments, but the smart ending and stunning Golden Gate Bridge stand-off ensure you leave on a high.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
A reasonably muscular popcorn film with a surprisingly tender soul.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
It stays true to the central metaphor of the original films and takes its time setting the story up so that when the apes finally do run amok, we are totally invested in the story.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The movie is most compelling when it thinks about the ape and the human's likeness (and so critiques racism and speciesism), when Cesar and Will face each other or respond to one another.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Precuela innecesaria y obvia, en la que nuestra suspension de la incredulidad se vera desafiada no pocas veces. En una pelicula donde no hay lugar para grandes actuaciones, la mejor labor actoral es, por supuesto, la del mono.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The original centered itself around some weighty ideas involving race, politics, and social class. Those same ideas may exist here, but director Wyatt doesn't really care.
David Roark - Christianity Today
Sporadically profound, not unlike a riff on the "Dawn of Man" chapter from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Suficientemente bem realizado para nao envergonhar a serie classica e ainda nos apresenta aquele que, ao lado de Zira e Cornelius, talvez seja um de seus personagens simios mais tocantes, complexos e memoraveis.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
In what is easily one of the better films of the year, director Rupert Wyatt, with a first-rate screenplay, melds thrills with wit and state-of-the-art special effects to create a flick you're ready to watch again as soon as it ends.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
There is no reason for this movie to exist.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The familiar contagion plotline prevents the film from achieving the allegorical charm or cautionary impact of the 1968 original.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The film has a hackneyed "the-bad-guys-are-us" plot on which to hang some interesting special effects.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Like an old-school science-fiction flick, the film is surprisingly character driven until a final rousing action sequence, and that's all to the good.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
I did find it a surprisingly agreeable afternoon's entertainment.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
A sharp critique of human nature from the standpoint of our closest relative, the chimpanzee who comes off as much more civilized than those who maintain prisons, zoos, and fight wars against weak and defenseless nations.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Andy Serkis once again gives a master class in expressive, nuanced, powerful physical acting.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A surprising amount of heart comes from our CGI ape. It's a worthy prequel that makes you excited where the series can go.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
This is, by some distance, the most exciting action adventure of the year. At just 105 minutes, Rise... shows how you can also make a rounded, full-blooded blockbuster in double quick time to leave audiences wanting more.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Takes advantage of the spectacular advance in special effects over the past 40 years but adds little by way of imagination or insight into our appreciation of the original film.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The best popcorn of the summer.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
That a film about an ape revolution could feature one of the most heart-stopping and gasp-inducing cinematic moments of the year means I have to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew about cinema.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
I thought apes in the future were hairy humans with walnut shells for mouths! These look too much like monkeys. If I want to watch monkeys take over the world I'll watch the Jersey Shore.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Caesar finds his own voice but the film never does.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Serkis is possibly the most skilled body actor working in the movies today, but even his subtle skills are eventually overcome by the fact that Rise of the Planet of the Apes lacks the basic humanity (no pun intended) of the first film.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Rise a worthy addition to Apes saga.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, made smarter by Avatar's DNA, knocks all other versions out of the water. You've never seen anything like these sentient apes.
Anne Thompson - Thompson on Hollywood
While 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes doesn't achieve the near-classic quality of 1968's original Planet of the Apes, it's close.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
...while it has its moments of silliness, the central premise of "it's not nice to fool Mother Nature" is well developed.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
As a summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes won't regenerate any brain-cells, but it doesn't forget a sense of humanity while delivering its package of thrills.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Here it is, the coolest end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movie I've seen in a long time, with not an alien in sight.
Dave White - Movies.com
Although the CG started out a little shaky, Andy Serkis and his motion capture work quickly won me over as Caesar aged. I completely forgot I wasn't watching a real ape take everything over. In fact, he became my favorite character.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Wyatt proves himself a highly skilled action merchant, packing the film with dynamic, sometimes disorienting camera movements and coming up with some memorable imagery...
David Sexton - This is London
Takes advantage of the latest technological wizardry to deliver a thrilling action adventure that doesn't skimp on heartbreaking emotion.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
A must-see movie and one that deserves a sequel. Step away, Tim Burton.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The special effects, from the team behind Avatar, are mind-blowing, and easily distract from the muddied morals of a script that asks only vague questions about man playing God.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an ethically rich blockbuster about evolution, revolution, animal rights and science madness, told through game changing VFX wizardry sure to make viewers go ape.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
An enormous share of the credit can be taken by Weta Digital and their brilliant CGI ape creations, which come across as living breathing entities with actual personalities.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is an impressive action movie - providing excellent, and far from mindless, entertainment - and a technological marvel.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
This whole series has gotten out of hand ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Rise may be one of the best surprises this summer, a taut blockbuster with a real heart.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A very pleasant surprise.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
He came, he saw, he conquered: Caesar is a wholly convincing lead, he just needs a more satisfying story. Roll on the sequel.
A relatively modest B-movie bolstered by A-grade technical wizardry.
Paul O'Callaghan - Little White Lies
Weta Digital's effects work on the apes, especially Caesar's face, is unobtrusively marvellous, laying icky memories of the Tim Burton one to merciful rest.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Caesar then gets bigger and crankier. He must choose, as a final career option, between maximum-security retirement or world-changing multi-ape mayhem atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a guess. Show me some ape stuff that's new and surprising.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
a shrewd, entertaining, and even thoughtful film that is easily the best Apes film since the original
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This really is a very enjoyable film: suspenseful and involving...
If the concept of the film doesn't interest you, I reckon you should take a punt: you'll be very nicely surprised at just how good it is.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
It's an eye-popping, involving summer movie that manages to layer thoughtful substance with the lively action.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The summer's most enjoyable blockbuster.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Wyatt does a remarkable job of transferring the low-budget grip of his (literally) breakout flick The Escapist to the free-wheeling spirit of the summer blockbuster.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Hugely entertaining sci-fi thriller that's both exciting and genuinely moving, thanks to a strong script, flawless special effects work and a typically terrific motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't exactly a horrible movie, but it fails to live up to the expectations it sets up for itself.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
This latest installment in the franchise is a near-perfect blockbuster that provides a myriad of visual and cerebral treats to devour.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
This fun, entertaining prequel, told from the ape's POV, is a modern 'Call of the Wild,' highlighted by extraordinary performance capture technology.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Fully realised and well-executed prequel to the evolutionary time disaster that is Planet of the Apes.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
The special effects, the acting & especially Andy Serkis make this the most believable "Apes" movie yet
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A feel-good flick which proves that primates are people, too!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Even when it's not at its best, Rise... is at least a diverting science-fiction movie; at it's best, it's some of the most fun to be had in a theater this summer.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The best part of the movie is the detailed and believable graphics.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
Surprisingly effective, even though its ape characters are a lot more interesting than the human ones.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
"It's incredibly touching...it's what summer blockbusters should be...Andy Serkis deserves an award!"
Jenna Busch - Think Hero
It moves in such a doggedly straight line towards its inevitable conclusion that they might as well have a clock in the corner of the screen counting down to the Big Rise.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
The scenes in which Caesar carries out his plans, showing more brains than many a human character in summer blockbusters, are gratifying.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Rise of the Planet of the Apes may be my favorite summer popcorn movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A worthy, exciting, emotional addition to the venerable monkey movie marathon. Apes will rise. Sequels are likely.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It is easily the best American movie of this corrupted summer.
Armond White - New York Press
Some ambitious and clever stuff going on here gets cut down by some awkward choices, economic limitations, and a mostly wasted group of human actors.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is like many summer movies -- once you get on their wave length, they're a hoot. But you have to accept the bumpy amusement ride.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
A frequently thrilling, emotionally resonate reboot that takes advantage of today's vibrant motion capture technology to help articulate the complexity burning within these damn dirty apes.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
...a fine start to a promising new series...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
'I want the apes to win!' my husband whispered to me during the last battle sequence -- and I felt the same way. Still, I hope no humans were hurt during the filming of this exciting movie.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Even though the producers monkeyed with the original series premise, and you won't go ape over what may be a new -- do we really need one? -- series, this one isn't bad.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
For 90 minutes, it could be a super-sized Hallmark Channel flick. The ape revolution teased in the trailer, all 30 minutes of it, is an afterthought. There are scrap-booking conventions with more action.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Created by WETA Digital and "played" by Andy Serkis, Caesar is a CGI triumph, although there's still an artificiality about the look that keeps the figure at a distance (personally, I found Serkis's "performance" in King Kong to be more effective).
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Consider Rise of the Planet of the Apes a belated apology for Tim Burton's misbegotten 2001 remake.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
So good that, digital technology aside, it still manages to achieve the mythic stature of the 1968 original.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Despite a lack of conviction in the script, Caesar's origin is still adequately set, so here's hoping what will follow has a little more to grab your attention.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
A sort of "How did they get so brainy" backstory, 'Rise' disposes of the allegorical trappings and nuclear Armageddon theory of the original ... Now we identify with the ape army as organized and led by Caesar.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Fans of the saga should find this pre-story compelling enough. The technology overseen by Joe Letteri, a four-time Oscar winner, makes this film a standout.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The chase sequences, with apes fleeing from man, and vice versa, are thrillingly accompanied by an original musical score from Patrick Doyle.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A movie that opens as well as this one does-and draws you in so effectively-ought to have a finale that doesn't remind you of cheesy monster movies from years past. On the other hand, the visual effects in are so astonishing that I have to...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Occasionally violent origin story is surprisingly good.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The apes are fun to ride along with at times, but the humans and the overall story are rather bland.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
It's worth it for the ape rampage, but we're making a devil's bargain here. Thank you for the awesome ape action, and we'll tolerate the script.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Gives contemporary audiences the chance to embrace this cultural phenomenon on their own terms with (near) total seriousness and superior special effects.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's not a bad film. But take whatever money you would have put towards a movie ticket and instead give it to the Alzheimer's Association.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The biggest surprise in a long time simply delivers what it promises and then goes way beyond that to become one of the most memorable summer thrill rides of the last few years.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Director Rupert Wyatt wisely keeps the scenes busy and the momentum building so that you would barely notice all the logistical nonsense on-screen.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
When Rise of the Planet of the Apes gets things right, which is does very often, it's surprisingly heart-wrenching.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Rise wears Planet's mask to use 2001′s conceit. In this sense, Franco-stein begets a monster worthy of our consideration and viewing pleasure.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
The biggest complaint I'd make is how Rise has been marketed. Previews make Caesar look like he started out a seething ball of simian rage, and that isn't the case.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
..cannibalizes famous images and lines from all the "Apes" flicks, which is cute until the evident lack of new ideas becomes tiresome.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
...one of the most literate science fiction action films in some time.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
...Serkis as a digital acting pioneer, brings real heart and soulfulness to what would have otherwise been just another special effect.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Was Franco high when he signed on for this When Animals Attack!-on-CGI-steroids catastrophe?
Clay Cane - BET.com
That rare summer movie that has brains and emotion in addition to the spectacle.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
What isn't here are any of the joys of the classic film.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Far better than one might expect with exciting action and a memorable hero in Caesar. The premise is clever enough to entertain longtime Apes fans while also giving a new generation a great introduction to Planet of the Apes lore.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
A terrifyingly shocking ground-breaking piece of cinema with great heart and action. Somebody please give Andy Serkis an Academy Award!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
If you've been underwhelmed by many of summer 2011's big event movies, treat yourself to one that actually exceeds all expectations.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
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.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The technology and performances that bring the apes to life make the film a must-see for any modern movie fan, but it's the emotion and humanity of Caesar's story that makes the film a must-see for any movie fan at all.
Despite a few plot holes, and some goofy shout-outs to the 1968 original, RISE is a rock-solid summer blockbuster. The Weta effects work, coupled with Andy Serkis's mo-cap performance as Caesar make this a must-see.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Not your average blockbuster cash-grab.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
By far the best entry in the franchise since the original film.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The "Apes" version of the Star Trek reboot. Yes, it's that good.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
The special effects that create the apes are some of the most impressive ever put on screen.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
With WETA's work and Andy Serkis' performance, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is one of the most thrilling films of the year.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver clearly spent more time squeezing in nods to the previous Apes films than they did establishing clear motivations for Caesar's actions.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Perverse, terrifying, hilarious in exactly the right way; smart enough, emotional enough, and at the end uniquely satisfying in any number of hard-to-quantify ways.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Some of the best special effects I have seen in 20 years.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
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.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
The first film in the franchise to even pretend to match the brilliance of the 1968 original.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
These scenes of mayhem leave you looking forward to the next film more than savouring this one.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Marginal effects and a laughable story.
[H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Take the "rise" in the title "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" to heart. As in, rising action.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A surprisingly nasty (in a good way) franchise reboot that comes closer than any prior POTA film to being a full-on horror movie.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
With simulated simians authentic enough to make Project Nim look almost phoney, allied to an involving, evolving story, Rise is the Planet we've been waiting for.
Neil Smith - Total Film
a performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar that is one of the most remarkable in cinematic history. . . if this isn't award-winning work, then the definition of "award-winning" needs to be re-thought
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
One of the longest advertisements for PETA I've seen since 101 Dalmatians. Only, you know, not nearly as much fun.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The opening salvo in the inevitable war between apes and humans is exhilarating, smartly executed, action-packed and loaded with sympathetic simian underdogs.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Suggests an incipient posthumanism in more senses than one … both compelling and troubling in a way that reminds me of the History Channel series "Life After People."
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
It's almost as if all the previous Planet of the Apes movies had never existed.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The real stars of the movie are the CGI artists who have brought Caesar and the other primates to life.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The last of this summer's 'origin' stories may be one of the best...it's action-packed yet compassionate, highly recommended as escapist entertainment.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A reminder that the most valuable special effects are the ones that convey a soul hiding behind artificial eyes.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Like Caesar, this entertaining picture rises to the occasion and resoundingly exceeds expectations.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The notion that in spite of superior numbers and weapons humanity is doomed against spear throwing apes is just ludicrous.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A sci-fi thriller that touches the heart and is sure to create many new and enthusiastic animal activists.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Has plenty of B-movie kick. That's a good thing.
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
I could describe Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Escape from Alcatraz, except with apes, but that would make it sound like a movie you might actually want to see.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Serkis delivers a tour de force performance as the lead chimp (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Bold, gripping, and a little loony - a summer blockbuster even PETA can love.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
After a summer spent sitting through hours and hours of artless geek-pandering, what a joy to see a movie - a real movie - a *movie* movie.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Rise of the Planet of the Apes has some aces up its furry sleeve, most of all an eerie, motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis (the screen's immortal Gollum) as Caesar, this film's rebel ape leader.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a smartly directed film that sits squarely on the shoulders of Andy Serkis.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A taut, emotionally satisfying origin story that may not be as action-packed as its fellow summer tentpoles but is far more rewarding.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Should be commended for following the apocalyptic plot threads to their logical destination.
Faced with the horror of half-assed material from which he can't escape, James Franco allows himself to be steamrolled by his pet monkey.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
After more than two months of superheroes and giant robots, it is nice to have a science fiction/fantasy film that thinks it's a drama.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The reboot attacks Pierre Boulle's concept with straightforward flair, taking it to its logical conclusion - or, in this case, origin. A smart, contemplative movie bound neither by the conventions of the science fiction genre or action/adventure tropes.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
While it's got problems, it's a film to whet the appetite for the planned sequel.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Something a caged chimp might fling at zoo visitors.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The movie does a fine job of making one actively root for the apes to win.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Either make the apes' progression of power intense and frightening or ridiculous and fun. Trying for both doesn't work.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It is not what could be fairly called a bad movie, but neither is it fine enough to be a good one, with its lineup of dull characters and a limp story that functions like a conveyor belt.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Wyatt ... keeps the action compelling whether focusing on apes as they run amok or as they quietly contemplate their next move.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The motion-capture technology is fantastic. The reboot is worthy and I'm looking forward to a long franchise.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
An odd blend of silly popcorn entertainment and sometimes startling poignancy.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Contrary to all previous live-action "Apes" movies, this one forgoes humans in makeup for full-on CGI animals, and the results are surprisingly solid.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
An unwanted but surprisingly awesome film.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Wyatt's put himself solidly on the map with this prequel so successfully he leaves us wanting more. The Planet of the Apes has indeed risen.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This is a well made movie, the kind that deserves praise for setting out to do something and doing it very well.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
A tight, beautifully made if rather predictable background yarn...that does the obvious well even if it lacks the imagination to go beyond it.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The extraordinary star turn by Andy Serkis raises once again the question of why a superb motion-captured performance isn't eligible for an Oscar.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
If you're looking for a prequel to the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, you're not going to do much better than this one.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Having gone in with very low expectations, this reviewer was totally blown away by Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It might just be the most pleasant shock of 2011.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
This surprise reboot -- 10 years after the great Tim Burton bungled the same job -- is surprisingly good.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
This is paced like a drama, not a popcorn movie; it's full of quiet moments of reflection and it takes its time in laying some very clever subplots that pay off brilliantly.
Peter Galvin - sbs.com.au
Perfectly positioning its blockbuster action within a thought-provoking framework, this smart and emotionally involving sci-fi drama deserves its own string of sequels.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
This movie has a brain in its head. It's in the script, it's in the pacing and, heaven knows, it is there in the technology.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Everything Burton's movie wasn't -- smart, exciting and thought-provoking, while operating in the realm of the movies' great misunderstood monsters.
an excellent post-modern meditation on animal rights and human complicity in the continuing fulfillment/failure of same
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
This by-the-numbers prequel that looks set to re-launch Fox's ape-supremacy franchise removes some of the stink left by Tim Burton's misbegotten remake but doesn't bring anything new to the mythology.
Chris Barsanti - Film Journal International
The summer's biggest surprise ... mines a well-worn property for pure blockbuster thrills and startling emotional depth.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Its human characters are ciphers, even if the actors include Franco, Lithgow, Brian Cox and Freida Pinto, but its animal rebels are utterly convincing.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
... a smart and grown-up science-fiction thriller that honors the name it carries. This suggests a world I'd want to see more of, and it raises exciting storytelling questions that I hope Fox will answer
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A story that only gets moving when it's about to wrap up.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Serkis shows his chimp-chops here (having cut his teeth, so to speak, as King Kong), conveying everything from fear to forcefulness through his singularly expressive eyes (hm... are CG eyes Windows XP to the soul?).
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
...offers one of the richest character arcs I've seen in quite some time. And I'm talking about the chimpanzee.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
This is a genuine evolution in digital film making, matched by a razor sharp script that delivers an apetastic action blockbuster.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
This nonsensical tale, by tapping into our most basic emotions, delivers a science fiction movie that makes profound sense, especially right now.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Andy Serkis, who has been at the forefront of mo-cap since portraying Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, is an automatic Oscar snub in waiting post-Rise.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
Reinvents the franchise with a bold, exciting, intense and fun new chapter that does right by the brilliant 1968 original film while working spectacularly on its own terms.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
The biggest fault here is the premise itself. While not a direct remake, Rise covers similar ground to 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
William Kostakis - MovieFIX
this is a great summer movie, spectacular in its realisation, yet resonant in its themes.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Rarely has a story about the end of the world seemed so boring.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
I realise that action movies aren't meant to be realistic but these characters needed to be far more interesting and believable if they were going to draw me in.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
It's a fantastic reboot of the franchise; warm, thrilling, and exceedingly human.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
Despite narrative flaws, this is the most entertaining spectacle-adventure of the summer, boasting a splendid performance from Andy Serkis, this time as star.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[N]ary a bit of snark here. Jokiness and hokeyness have been genetically engineered away, leaving something pure and sweet and poignant, a throwback to the humanist science fiction of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is more Charly than Heston.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A dramatic, tense and edgy work which poses a few moral questions and dilemmas
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
This sci-fi fantasy is a dramatic oomphy affair that begins with a small thing: the rescue of a baby chimp, and ends... well, you will need to see the movie ... Director Rupert Wyatt pulls everything together beautifully
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile