Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.

New Yorker

For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The apes have more complex characters than their human counterparts... And thanks to a combination of computer imagery and astonishing motion-capture wizardry, their acting is better, too.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far.

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Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

When you are sufficiently captivated by the story not to raise so much as a smile at the spectacle of an enraged chimpanzee on horseback brandishing a sub-machine gun, then you have to give credit where it's due.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

For the next installment, it might be wisest to forgo our own species altogether and make it all-ape. It is, after all, the logical next step in this particular cinematic evolution.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets to be exciting and to say something about the world instead of merely blowing it up. The apes are among the more intellectually complex characters you're likely to spend time with this summer.

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Michael Leader
Film4

There's an inevitability to Dawn's slide towards chaos that takes away from its spectacular effects, chilling dystopian world and promising character drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
While I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain. I really liked Rise and this was just so different from that film and it caught me… More
Kase Vollebregt
A significant improvement upon its predecessor, 'Dawn's combination of brilliant special effects and pulsing pathos will enthrall any fan of the… More
Dan Schultz
An outstanding, riveting sequel to the very flawed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", concerning the last chance humanity, led by the believer Malcolm… More
Nikhil Nandu
This is an intense, well-acted, intelligent, and powerful political scifi aciton-drama. It is also my favorite summer blockbuster of the year. It is the only… More
Phil Hubbs
Yes it seems to be official, Gary Oldman is apparently in everything!. Much like the ALZ-113 virus he gets into everything and...errr kills it? no wait, analogy… More
Jens S.
After the pleasant surprise that was the first film of the new Planet of the Apes series, the expectations for the sequel, or middle part of the trilogy, were… More