Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
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Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet. This time it's Brent (James Franciscus) who survives the crash landing and learns that evolved simians have taken over the world, post-apocalypse. After hooking up with Nova (Linda Harrison), the mute, fur bikini-clad beauty who spent the first film being squired by astronaut Taylor (Charlton Heston), Brent confers with Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius (David Watson,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hokey and slapdash."
‑ , Variety
"annoying sequel"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"One of the best sequels ever, building on the story while re-delivering what fans liked about the first"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"Loved it, despite the hokey costumes!"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"As the apes close in and the mutants squeal their annoying noises, it's hard to care which side wins or loses, and that is a great disappointment after the excitement of the first film."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
"This first sequel to Planet of the Apes isn't bad, but already shows the way the original conception was to degenerate into routine comic strip adventure."
‑ , Time Out
"[A] quickie follow-up that vainly tries to imitate the look of the original on an obviously limited budget, and for the most part, eschews the philosophical, social, and racial subtext of the first film in favor of straightforward shoot-em-up."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"More rubbery ape masks, but grimmer and sillier."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the more admirable "Apes" sequels, warts and all."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"I had forgotten how dreadful Beneath the Planet of the Apes was."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Social commentary was not one of this glum film's strong points."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A lot less poky than the original, and generally more entertaining."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"An effective sequel that takes an increasingly dark look at the unavoidable nature of war."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"gives a new meaning to the intolerable hell that sequels always seem to deliver"
‑ Max Messier,
"The best it would seem the screenwriters would come up with was having another NASA astronaut crash-land on the planet in which apes are the dominant species and the humans inferior."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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