Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes (1968)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: May 1, 2001
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87%



Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Planet of the Apes raises thought-provoking questions about our culture without letting social commentary get in the way of the drama and action.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

As illuminatingly bleak a statement on human hubris as a Hollywood superproduction has given us.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Dismal SF deep think (1968) that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV series spin-offs.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Somehow this melding of clever science fiction ideas with old-fashioned popcorn thrills just clicked.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Planet of the Apes is an amazing film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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John Dooley
Salon.com

A dreadful film, a compendium of clumsy dialogue, one-dimensional characters, risible plot turns and long silences broken by incomprehensible meaningful looks.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

This generational touchstone remains a playful widescreen fable of the bestiality that defines and destroys cultures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
As three scientists crash land on an unknown planet, they search for any living organism they can find in order to survive. However, they stumble upon something… More
Reid Volk
An interesting critique of "civilized society" and one hell of an imaginative film with a great ending. But sadly, unable to really soar above… More
Daniel Perry
A classic that, unfortunately, does show its age, Planet of the Apes trucks with the big satires - think: Animal Farm - and is really about paradigm shifts and… More
Martin Sahlin
One of the true classics. The first part of the movie until the apes arive has that perfect slow pace. Where nothing is really happening...but your still… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Planet Of The Apes is a true science fiction movie classic that's intriguing… More
xGary Xx
A team of astronauts crash land on a planet that is ruled by a race of highly evolved simians who treat the mute, primitive human population like animals. On… More

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