“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
This really is a very enjoyable film: suspenseful and involving...
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
Rupert Wyatt's'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': A socially aware, achingly humane update of the venerable franchise
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
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
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
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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...
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