New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This summer's best popcorn flick.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A shamelessly fun B-movie with A-movie effects.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie rises and, at times, even soars. This is all - and I do mean all - thanks to what human actors in league with computer technology can now achieve to bring the apes to life. No more guys squeezed into monkey suits and talking in posh accents. Performance-capture makes all the difference.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Rise is very consciously a drama about a Simian Spring, and it's close enough in its details to a recent documentary to be thought of as "Project Nim: The Revenge."
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The cautionary tale feels surprisingly fresh and entertaining, given that this is the fifth "Planet of the Apes" film since the 1968 original.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is zippier than Tim Burton's oddly lifeless 2001 "Planet of the Apes" remake, but unlike good sci-fi, it doesn't signify anything, or really even try to.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is not what could be fairly called a bad movie, but neither is it fine enough to be a good one, with its lineup of dull characters and a limp story that functions like a conveyor belt.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Too earnest and dour to be a silly bit of summer fun, but it's not exactly scientifically sound, either.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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