Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
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The fifth and last of the original series of motion pictures based upon author Pierre Boulle's imaginative novel Monkey Planet, this science fiction film was the least-liked by the series' legion of fans. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, the rebellious intelligent chimp of the previous film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). Caesar led his brethren in a revolution against their human masters earlier, but humanity has since nearly destroyed itself in a nuclear apocalypse, and survivors are second-class citizens within ape society. Now a beneficent ruler of his people, Caesar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Considering the usual fate of sequels, it's not so much that this final effort [from a story by Paul Dehn] is limp, but that the previous four pix maintained for so long a good quality level."
‑ , Variety
"Unnecessary sequel is nonetheless entertaining; Roddy Mcdowall back in simian shape."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"surprisingly entertaining"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The battle was lost several movies earlier."
‑ Spyder Darling, NY Rock
"The Planet of the Apes series started well, and gradually decreased in budget and quality. By Battle the budget is all but gone, and all the believability and excitement has gone with it."
‑ Tom Coates, BBC.com
"[It] seems reluctant to use the potentials for astute comic strip philosophy that all the other films revelled in to a greater or lesser extent."
‑ , Time Out
"Aside from Severn Darden, who relishes his lip-smacking heavy character, the cast seems disinterested; even series stalwart Roddy McDowall looks bored."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The bluntest, cheapest and worst of the 'Apes' movies."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
"Fans will enjoy it, but the "Apes" gang could have done a little better. Not surprisingly, this was the fifth and last installment. (Unless you count the TV show...)"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The only film in the series to end on a positive note."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Battle looks like the last gap of a dying series, a movie made simply to wring the dollars out of any remaining ape fans."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An okay finale."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Schmaltzy doesn't get much better..."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"At least it is only 83 minutes long."
‑ Max Messier, Filmcritic.com
"With the budgets decreasing, creative ideas waning, and costumes and makeup getting more worn-out, it's a good thing that this is the final sequel."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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