See it in
Digital 3D
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Synopsis
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

79
SEE ALL CRITIC REVIEWS
100

HitFix

By Drew McWeeny
"Dawn" is not just a good genre movie or a good summer movie. It's a great science-fiction film, full-stop, and one of the year's very best...
Full Review
100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film forges ahead, in vivid 3-D, with such energy, expertise and thunderous conviction that you readily accept its basic premise — the...
Full Review
100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually:...
Full Review
100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is awe-inspiring.
Full Review
100

Variety

By Guy Lodge
An altogether smashing sequel to 2011's better-than-expected “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this vivid, violent extension of humanoid...
Full Review
90

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
Serkis’ Caesar gets more than his fair share of rip-snortin’ badass moments. He’s arguably the finest leader of men we’ve seen on screen...
Full Review
88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
For two hours of breathless drama, you forget you’re watching actors grunting like chimps and hope two rival civilizations can work...
Full Review
88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a provocative sci-fi action film with dynamite special effects, a powerful humanistic theme with echoes of real-life social conflicts,...
Full Review
88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is an “Apes” for the ages.
Full Review
80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Eschewing a tidy wrap-up, Reeves doesn't leave us feeling manipulated, as so often happens in films like this. Instead, we want to know...
Full Review

Best Film in the Ape Franchise! 10/10

By chrisdalton93
"The Dawn" delivers. The is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The interaction of the apes was borderline genius. Caesar stole and dominated the film with his empathy towards the humans...

Going ape!

By arreaga9
fantastic movie!...

Lowell Hillocks

By hillocks67
An excellent movie that examines the relationship between humans and apes. Are they that much different than us? Go see it, and find out!...

Great Sequel

By Joel1
Best movie of summer. Thought it was as good as Rise of the planet of Apes. This is coming from someone that hated the original with the fake looking apes. This movie is AWESOME!!!...

Epic!!!!

By imax25
I really have to watch it again!!!!...

awesome!!!!!

By joshuadejneka14
really good movie I have seen...

AWESOME!!!!!!

By JSolRogue
Emotional, scary, FANTASTIC effects (best mo-cap ever) good humor in places. Good acting too, from Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. Good messages about peace, cohabitation, harmony and gun...

Love a Movie with a Message!

By taragr21
A lot of sequels can never live up to the original film but I can say that this movie did a hell of a job! I love Cesar even more! This movie is a bit more emotional than the first but it helped in...

Epic..!

By CINELAZARO
Definitely Caesar rises up as the Best Superhero ever...not the one who defeats their enemy but the one who uses his power to avoid war..!...

was good

By Bluedragon3118
...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Intense sequel is darker than first, with more weapons.
Read the Common Sense Media Review
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF