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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77%

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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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Fernando F. Croce
MUBI

Paced like a rocket but de-politicized and de-poeticized, adorned with sprawling camera movements yet trapped in shallow screen space, the film clomps through with a flatness that makes its vision of the beginning of mankind's end seem weirdly soothing.

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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
indieWire

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...

Sarah Marrs
Cinesnark

The story has big ideas but is underwritten, the acting is pedestrian at best, and though the CGI apes are very well actualized, they still look cartoony at times.

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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.

Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

Rupert Wyatt delivers on the giddy pleasures - climbing, leaping, swinging, plus the irresistable high of an upward-rushing learning curve.

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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.