Rise of the Planet of the Apes Synopsis
A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a superintelligent chimp.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This summer's best popcorn flick.
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90

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...
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80

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...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A shamelessly fun B-movie with A-movie effects.
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75

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...
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75

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...
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75

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...
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67

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...
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50

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...
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45

Movieline

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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Best movie I've seen all Summer. Don't call it a remake.

By LWatts
As a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes franchise, I have been both eager and wary of this film. When I first saw the trailers, the wariness subsided; the effects looked outstanding and it...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: A-

By MattH306
A well-developed story coupled with awesome special effects....

Great Ape addition

By rockydoggies
Too much CGI, but otherwise a great sci-fi movie and addition to the Ape series. I really liked the story and had a hard time breaking away from the movie to get some popcorn. The movie made me wonder...

Rise of the Apes Amazing

By kev18
I went to see planet of the apes looking for another terrible performance from Franco like 127 hours but this movie turned out to be amazing what a great actor NYU represent he is amazing and the...

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By jwburns904
Best movie I've seen this summer. Besides transformers of course....

RISE OF THR PLANET OF THE APES

By mebanks
GOOD MOVIE! ACTION PACKED! GOOD STORY LINE!...

Great Movie

By TeamEdward1983
I saw the midnight showing of this movie, and I am very surprised that it was so good and that I liked it. I need to go back and see the first one, when I was a kid I saw the first one and hated it...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes review

By DBall2814
I know, I know... like we need to revisit his franchise. But c'mon, check out the trailer! It looks awesome!...

ANDY SERKIS DESERVES AN AWARD!

By Pete1024
For those who enjoy the conflict of man vs nature,man vs man,man vs himself or ape vs nature,ape vs ape,ape vs man or ape vs consciousness with action and drama then you will like this movie. The...

See it for the CGI

By pauleyt
Standard, tired plot, but makes you feel for families dealing with Alzheimer's. But the real draw is the CGI. The apes are very convincing, complete with emotion and depth. Not much action, but see...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence and intense/frightening sequences
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Occasionally violent origin story is surprisingly good.
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