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: April 3, 1968
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% 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

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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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

For all its self-conscious thoughtfulness, it also works as a B-grade sci-fi film.

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Variety Staff

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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pitch perfect science fiction film, that still conveys sharp social commentary...

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James Berardinelli

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

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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Richard Roud

It's a film to see, all right, and it does confirm Schaffner's talent. It is only that one can now see more clearly the limits of that talent, limits which are much narrower than I had hoped.

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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
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[img][/img] Planet Of The Apes is a true science fiction movie classic that's intriguing… More
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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