Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 5, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.

David Thomson
The New Republic

Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

You can tell me all day that this is great, Avatar-like use of animation. I'll even grant the point. But though I was engaged in the first half of the film, this action section left me looking at my watch.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity.

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Leonard Maltin

If this film is remembered, it won't be for its storyline, which reverts to cliché a bit too often as it approaches its climax, but for its eye-popping integration of live-action and movie magic. Just as the geniuses...

Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

With little dialogue but a world of emotion in his face, eyes and body, [Andy Serkis] not only keeps us on our toes but also has us rooting for the apes to trounce humanity.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

A well-crafted B movie with astonishingly effective motion capture CGI technology.

Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

If you're a fan of the series, you'll love it; if you're not a fan it may make you one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Planet of the Apes is a franchise that has been around for a very long time. From a fantastic original back in 1968, to spawning sequels ranging from good to… More
Phil Hubbs
The only 'Planet of the Apes' franchise film I have ever seen is the Burton 're-imagining' and I quite like that version as it was visually… More
Carlos Magalhães
The digital effects may have been stunning a few years ago but now look dated and artificial, which is at least compensated by Andy Serkis' impressive… More
Thomas Bowler
Terrible, terrible idea executed fantastically. Full review later.
Edward Boxler
VERDICT: TOTALLY WATCHABLE - Where did this come from? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest surprise of 2011. The effects are great, but what really… More
Red Lats
I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.