Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

The fifth and last of the original series of motion pictures based upon author Pierre Boulle's imaginative novel Monkey Planet, this science fiction film was the least-liked by the series' legion of fans. Roddy McDowall returns as… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Considering the usual fate of sequels, it's not so much that this final effort [from a story by Paul Dehn] is limp, but that the previous four pix maintained for so long a good quality level.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Battle... is where the dwindling budgets of the film in this series finally manage to score a fatal hit.

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Rob Gonsalves

An okay finale.

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Time Out

[It] seems reluctant to use the potentials for astute comic strip philosophy that all the other films revelled in to a greater or lesser extent.

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Steve Crum

Unnecessary sequel is nonetheless entertaining; Roddy Mcdowall back in simian shape.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

surprisingly entertaining

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Battle looks like the last gap of a dying series, a movie made simply to wring the dollars out of any remaining ape fans.

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Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide

Aside from Severn Darden, who relishes his lip-smacking heavy character, the cast seems disinterested; even series stalwart Roddy McDowall looks bored.

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Dan Fazio

The bluntest, cheapest and worst of the 'Apes' movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Building off of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," Battle does for this series what many great sequels have done in the past, making the set-up… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Virgil: Teacher only reverted to type under provocation. He... he spoke like a slavemaster in the old days of our servitude when we were conditioned to… More
Alex roy
Battle For The Planet of The Apes is I think the worst film of the series. I didn't enjoy it as much as the other films and I felt it was a waste. The film… More
Everett Johnson
This is the worst of the "Apes" movies. No wonder it would be nearly 30 years before another theatrical movie. This is the story of Caesar battling… More
David Ladd
The Lawgiver tells the children of the future a tale of the planet earth and the influence of two apes who went back in time and had a son Caesar. Caesar… More
Conner Rainwater
So many people make this out to be a disaster while in actuality it's really good. You have to have a love for the series to see this, otherwise… More

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