Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviews

  • 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

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