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
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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
"With digital effects that blur the lines of reality as much as this film does, I'm further excited to see what they do with the next sequel."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Tender, tense, intelligent and morally complex, this is a genuine contender for blockbuster of the year."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"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 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
"... Without question the movie of the summer - an epic allegory that says more about our world than a half dozen other Hollywood blockbusters combined and a dazzling piece of filmmaking ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"I don't think Dawn will change a goddamn thing, though I'm inspired by the attempt."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"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
"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
"treats the material with a respectable sense of philosophical and sociological sensitivity while still maintaining the pulpy pleasures of its post-apocalyptic sci-fi conceit"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's a fun ride that also offers moments of profundity concerning the less than heroic way we fight the war on terror."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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
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