Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. (c) Fox
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The visual look of the apes themselves is what brings it all home. Seeing is believing, and the magic of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is that it is so easy to believe."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The human characters (played by Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell, among others) are so bland they don't stand a chance against their simian counterparts."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's Serkis who provides the best, albeit smaller scale spectacle in ironically showing the humanity in the ape. It's an insanely terrific performance. (Full Content Listings for Parents also available)"
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"What a terrific film, what a technical achievement. If you were impressed three years ago with the special effects in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' and surely you were, prepare to be blown away with this sequel."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Bold and brash. It's an action movie with plenty of ideas... There's a Shakespearean motif this time 'round, with plenty of court betrayal and the like (I admit to thinking "Et tu, you filthy brute?" as a particularly appalling pun midway through)."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"This installment inches events closer to a merge point with 1968's Planet of the Apes while maintaining its own unique identity. It is in every way superior to Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The tone is dire, the visuals dark and doomy, the pace epically slow. Like so many sequels, it's everything the first film aspired not to be."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"A sequel that ups the action while still retaining the emotional gravitas that marks the best cinematic epics."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"All hail Caesar!"
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
""Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an extremely high-functioning sci-fi thriller about extremely high-functioning apes. Some of it may seem silly in the recounting, or in the trailer, but it doesn't feel silly in the theater."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best and brainiest blockbuster of the summer, the kind of movie you hope for when you pay your money and buy your popcorn."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Premature climaxing dampens the mood."
‑ Willie Waffle, WaffleMovies.com
"Has me Done with the Planet of the Apes."
‑ Phil Villarreal, COED.com
"In a perfect world, all summer blockbusters would be as sensational, as gripping, and as visually and audibly fulfilling as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
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