Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held its world premier in San Francisco this weekend, where critics screened the movie. It has garnered positive buzz and great reviews across the board, with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel being called a blockbuster masterpiece and the movie to truly beat this summer. It's also being called The Empire Strikes Back of the franchise.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was no slouch when it came to positive reviews from both fans and critics, who admired it for its emotional beats and its achievements in VFX. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes only continues to push that momentum and goodwill forward as it lays the foundation for the rejuvenation of one of America's greatest sci-fi epics of all time. The film still has two weeks until release, so expect to hear more positive word of mouth as we near closer to its July 11 debut.

The film follows the rise of Caesar and his ape army after the simian flu has wiped out most of mankind. A small group of human survivors try to draw a truce between man and ape, but things soon fall apart, and an all-out war is declared. If you know anything about the original series, you know who eventually emerges victorious.

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Here are some of the positive tweets from some of the more outspoken members of the online movie community and film critics who have witnesses the film with their own eyes.

To watch a video blog reaction from the gang at Collider: CLICK HERE

What do you think? Are the critics high on the movie because they got to see it first? Or is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes truly the best movie this summer season has to offer? Let us know if you see it early, and tell us what you think. Monkeys or Bananas?

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