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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Katherine McLaughlin
The Arts Desk

Matt Reeves, the director of another end of the world type scenario in found footage film Cloverfield, takes the reins of this smart and attractive franchise and runs confidently with visceral wanton destruction and a blunt message about gun control.

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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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Jonathan Hatfull
SciFiNow

This is a confident sequel from Reeves and company; gripping, moving and recommended.

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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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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

[Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] is a text book example of how to stay true to the basic genetic code of a movie while also letting it evolve into a different, altogether more sophisticated beast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark path. Swinging in at 2 hours, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a solid mixture of… 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
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