Planet of the Apes
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Originally intended as a project for Blake Edwards, the film version of Pierre Boule's semisatiric sci-fi novel came to the screen in 1968 under the directorial guidance of Franklin J. Schaffner. Charlton Heston is George Taylor, one of several astronauts on a long, long space mission whose spaceship crash-lands on a remote planet, seemingly devoid of intelligent life. Soon the astronaut learns that this planet is ruled by a race of talking, thinking, reasoning apes who hold court over a complex, multilayered civilization. In this topsy-turvy society, the human beings are grunting,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Somehow this melding of clever science fiction ideas with old-fashioned popcorn thrills just clicked."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Signifying Monkeys"
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills."
‑ Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine
"Planet of the Apes is an amazing film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Back in 1968, this sci-fi, directed by Schaffner and penned by Wilson and Serling, was original, quite intelligent , and well executed, garnering a special Oscar for makeup."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's all about the closing scene. Cool!"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Seminal simian sci-fi that blends satire with the drive and pace of an adventure story."
‑ , Film4
"Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A dreadful film, a compendium of clumsy dialogue, one-dimensional characters, risible plot turns and long silences broken by incomprehensible meaningful looks."
‑ John Dooley,
"This generational touchstone remains a playful widescreen fable of the bestiality that defines and destroys cultures."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"A modern science fiction classic."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"one of my all time favourites"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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