Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
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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 the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. (c) Fox
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , New Yorker
"For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A sequel that is an excellent expansion on the first film, while also complimenting the entire series in the process."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is not one of the smartest science-fiction flicks; it relies on sheer action, which should be enough for the target audience."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"Serkis does what every actor wishes to do: leave an impression of himself on the audience's memory. That impression will draw crowds and will not fade by Oscar time."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"The slick CGI rendering of the apes and set pieces is the main event but it is at the sacrifice of the first film's subtlety and mystique."
‑ Hilary A White, Irish Independent
"Bittersweet yet entertaining in its blockbuster sensibilities... Directed with serious intensity."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Continuing to exist peacefully in the same cannon as the films started in 1968 ... Rise and Dawn, like the earlier films, have enjoyably different vibes, adding to the series' epic-story feel."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Beginning with the eradication of mankind by the simian flu that spread at the end of the last film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the new picture is the bleakest in a series that was never exactly all-singing, all-dancing."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"What redeems it all is the sense that the film-makers take their subject matter seriously and imagine their audience to be as sentient as their simian screen counterparts."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
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