Escape from the Planet of the Apes
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Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the third in the series of films based upon the Planet of the Apes characters created by novelist Pierre Boulle. At the end of the second film, the centuries-in-the-future world colonized by simians was destroyed, but apes Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter) were able to escape in the space vessel left behind by 20th century astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston). Cornelius and Zira pass through another time warp, finding themselves in the Earth of the 1970s. When they reveal their ability to speak, the apes are first treated as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Escape from the Planet of the Apes is an excellent film, almost as good as the original Planet of the Apes."
‑ , Variety
"Former actor Don Taylor directs smoothly and efficiently and elicits fine performances from the cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The last of the "Ape" sequels that's worth watching."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"feels like a quickie insert that is needed to progress the larger narrative, but doesn't have enough meat on it to deserve its own film"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It works fairly well as the central movie of the franchise but will have little to offer non-devotees."
‑ Tom Coates,
"It's a long way down from even the second in the series."
‑ , Time Out
"Passable entertainment, but it's no fun watching the likable, witty Cornelius and Zira become hairy martyrs."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Possibly the least of the series, but certainly not a predictable sequel."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Brings just enough of a twist to the series' conventions."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This second sequel serves as little more than a light appetizer with a memorable and poignant ending."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One of the better new movies in town, and better in a genre -- science-fiction -- that at the crucial middle level where the history of movies is made, if not written, has recently been not so much bad as invisible."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"the film is a highly satisfying mix of satire and suspense"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Oneof the best of the bunch!"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"The best of the all of the sequels."
‑ Max Messier,
"Regarded by some as the best of the Planet of the Apes sequels, maybe even on a par with the 1968 Charlton Heston original itself, this third Apes movie breathes fresh air into [the] series."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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