Planet of the Apes
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This big budget "re-imagining" of the 1968 original departs somewhat from both that classic science fiction film and the source novel by author Pierre Boulle. Mark Wahlberg stars as Leo Davidson, an astronaut of the early 21st century whose unauthorized mission to rescue a chimp companion from a mysterious space storm goes awry when he and his ship are lost through a rip in the fabric of time. Leo crash-lands on a planet where intelligent, talking apes are the dominant species and humans a conquered slave class. Befriending both a chimpanzee activist named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Splendidly envisioned and boldly executed."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Offers proof of Hollywood's simian instincts: Monkey see old hit, monkey do remake."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Burton's singular vision is missing from this mishmash of a remake, part sci-fi, part adventure, part ape-human romance, but unsatisfying on any level. Mark Wahlberg's pallid turn doesn't help and neither does the PG-13 rating which proves confining"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
" of the most entertaining check-your-brain-at-the-door flicks in recent years."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Mark Wahlberg is no Chuck Heston, and Lady Liberty doesn't make an appearance."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Call it a letdown, worsened by the forces of shoddy screenwriting."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The finale unfolds in one of the most nonsensical series of events ever created on film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"While Edward Scissorhands could have come from no other imagination, Apes could have been directed by any action director and come out fairly similar to this."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Like Burton's Sleepy Hollow, another grim triumph of set design over story."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"It doesn't hold a candle to the original."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Decent re-imagining of the classic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It is like an elaborate card trick that has 30 steps but the deck was rigged so that the card you picked was obviously predetermined"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The apes of '68 may now appear more comical than scary but their 2001 descendants are truly terrifying."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Planet of the Apes has talking monkees, yes, but it doesn't seem to have figured out a damn thing about human behavior, primate behavior or, most importantly, even what it wants to say."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
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