Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
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The fourth Planet of the Apes film is set in 1991, 20 years since the assassination of talking, time-traveling apes Cornelius and Zira at the end of Escape From the Planet of the Apes. The couple's infant son, Caesar (Roddy McDowall), has grown to adulthood in the care of kindly circus owner Armando (Ricardo Montalban). Meanwhile, a plague has wiped all dogs and cats from the face of the Earth; speechless primitive apes have therefore been domesticated and turned into first pets, then servants of humankind. Caesar becomes outraged at the treatment of these simian slaves and accidentally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"The Planet of the Apes series takes an angry turn in the fourth entry."
‑ , Variety
"A hard-edged thriller featuring a sleekly sinister look and a disturbing tone that's quite different from any of the other films in the series."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Surprisingly entertaining."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"This bleak chapter of the Apes saga strived to echo the sentiments of many of its fellow films released that year. Not easy to do in a cheap monkey mask."
‑ Max Messier,
"The film still allows enough hope to compel me to watch the final chapter, and it's not so bad that I'm turned off all the ape sequels."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Dismally lurid stuff, ham-fistedly directed and low on credibility."
‑ , Time Out
"Lead-footed and erratic."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The message is that passing power from one to another does not change the essential nature of power. Rather, power contaminates the person (or ape) who wields it."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"If you are ready to thrill to the fall of civilisation (for the third time in this series), then there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. Just don't expect much humour."
‑ Tom Coates,
"J. Lee Thompson's direction furiously propels the action in a compact chromium-and-glass setting -- and wait till you see that last battle royal."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"The best of the series. Apes in modern day (well, modern for then). Like all great sci-fi, has moral implications."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Proof that mediocre sequels are hardly a new sensantion."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A rather superfluous experience."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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