Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.

David Sims
AV Club

Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it, and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film.

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Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The end doesn't satisfy the way it should, since it's more about setting the stage for the next film than bringing this one to a close, though I like the way it starts out as a western before seguing into a war picture.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

For the next installment, it might be wisest to forgo our own species altogether and make it all-ape. It is, after all, the logical next step in this particular cinematic evolution.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Orangutan and Serkis aside, the film is a bothersome disappointment. I never thought I'd write this but, where is James Franco (star of Rise) when you need him?

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New Yorker

For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action.

Nicolás Ruiz
Código espagueti

A film full of symbolism and winks, powerful content and grandiloquent effects and design. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Films in a franchise always have the desire to be on par or better than its predecessor(s), but there are the rare cases where a franchise seamlessly progresses… More
Dan Schultz
An outstanding, riveting sequel to the very flawed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", concerning the last chance humanity, led by the believer Malcolm… More
JY Skacto
Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark path. Swinging in at 2 hours, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a solid mixture of… More
Phil Hubbs
Yes it seems to be official, Gary Oldman is apparently in everything!. Much like the ALZ-113 virus he gets into everything and...errr kills it? no wait, analogy… More
Josh Lewis
While I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain. I really liked Rise and this was just so different from that film and it caught me… More
Kase Vollebregt
A significant improvement upon its predecessor, 'Dawn's combination of brilliant special effects and pulsing pathos will enthrall any fan of the… More