Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
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  1. The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.
  2. This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
  3. The marvelous Burtonic gothic/nightmare production design -- scenery, weaponry, costumes, etc. constantly pleases the eye without ever distracting you from the plot.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    Has its flaws, but at its best it’s a fleet, fun action movie -- and certainly one of the cooler blockbusters that Hollywood will cough up this godforsaken summer.
  5. 80
    Forget the heavy stuff. This monkey shines.
  6. 75
    There's one reason to see Tim Burton's flawed, somewhat declawed but often amusing do-over of Planet of the Apes. The apes. What else?
  7. Stuff yourself with popcorn, let the gray matter rest and enjoy what may be the best two hours of nonsense you'll see this year.
  8. It has its flaws, and traditionalists are likely to think it falls well short of its inspiration, but it works on its own terms, it fills the screen with Burtonesque excitement and it strikes me as one of this tepid movie summer's better offerings.
  9. Perfectly acceptable, deliriously charming...a goofy Bmovie dolled up like a square-jawed A-list blockbuster.
  10. 70
    Past the first third, Planet of the Apes is entertaining enough, but it stops far too short of being completely seductive.
  11. 67
    Simply put, Burton's film lacks the social and political gravitas of the original, a film that was wholly of its time.
  12. 63
    Burton's made a film that's respectful to the original, and respectable in itself, but that's not enough. Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting.
  13. As a story, Burton's Planet of the Apes is more of a comic-book creation than either of his "Batman" movies.
  14. 63
    If only the director, or his deus, could have delivered us from the inevitable shock ending, which blends Darwin and Einstein with purest P.T. Barnum.
  15. Offers a primal vision of the primate order turned topsy-turvy. It is provocative. It is frightening. It is a mess.
  16. Are there surprises? A couple of big money ones, notably the ludicrous would-be jaw-dropper of a finale.
  17. 58
    Good, but, sadly, not good enough. Well-acted, beautifully shot and splendidly costumed, it's superior to the original in its looks, but not as potent or meaningful in its story line.
  18. 50
    With the exception of a battle scene with apes on all fours charging the humans, the film is monumentally silly.
  19. 50
    This film is pure, empty (if gorgeous) spectacle, and the decision to loose the tongues of the ape planet's humans (they were mute in the original) undermines the contrast that lies at the heart of the story's power.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's too psychically flat and dramatically inert. Instead of reinvigorating a Hollywood classic, Burton only takes it to camp.
  21. Burton is an imaginative director with a distinctive artistic vision, but his originality is nowhere to be seen in this by-the-numbers retread.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Mostly, the new film reminds us that swell production design is no substitute for a fresh, simple and startling idea.
  23. 50
    Planet of the Apes is never quite boring -- the movie is constantly giving you something new to look at -- but it's still a disappointingly dull and underplotted ride.
  24. 50
    Overly familiar industrial product, a big-budgeted entertainment defined by its putatively big concept (apes rule), an underwritten script and a few flashes of Burton's visual genius and gently askew worldview.
  25. 40
    When Mr. Burton's "Planet" fixes on being succeeds. But the picture states its social points so bluntly that it becomes slow-witted and condescending; it treats the audience as pets.
  26. The longer I take to review this movie, the more the absurdities loom. So let me finish before I think about the story's stupidly plotted structure or recall how tiring it was to watch apes perpetually pushing humans to the ground or sending them pirouetting into the air.
  27. Outside of a hyper-energetic, irresistibly evil portrayal by Tim Roth as General Thade, the baddest ape in town, the sad truth about Planet of the Apes is that, disappointingly, it's just not very much fun to watch.
  28. Reviewed by: John Simon
    Devoured by its own mechanical ostentation, generates no emotional involvement, and has a smart-ass, infinitely less powerful ending than the original.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Largely listless and witless, this extensive reworking of the 1968 sci-fi favorite simply isn't very exciting or imaginative; most surprisingly, given the material, it's also Burton's most conventional and literal-minded film, the one most lacking in his trademark poetic weirdness and bracing flights of fancy.
  30. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Planet of the Apes has been designed and photographed (by Phillipe Rousselot) with real artistry, but in all the ways that matter it's hack work.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 59
  2. Negative: 17 out of 59
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    Although I agree about the dazzling visuals, Tim Burton certainly DID NOT spend his time wisely on the script or direction when making "PlanetAlthough I agree about the dazzling visuals, Tim Burton certainly DID NOT spend his time wisely on the script or direction when making "Planet of the Apes". Full Review »
  2. R.Lopez
    Feb 3, 2009
    Exceptional!! Planet of the Apes is perhaps one of the brainiest and most visually stunning film I've ever seen. Planet of the Apes Exceptional!! Planet of the Apes is perhaps one of the brainiest and most visually stunning film I've ever seen. Planet of the Apes stars Mark Whalberg as Captain Leo Davidson a 22 century astronaut who while his genetically altered Ape is investigating an electro-magnetic storm suddenly disappears into thin air, Davidson defies orders and takes a pod out into the cloud to look for his chimp. But as soon as he enters he losses all control of his ships and is sent into an alternate reality where Apes rule and humans are there slaves. Now Davidson has one shot of getting home, he has to tread across uncharted territory to find a sacred temple which could hold the shocking secrets to mankind's past- and the last hope for it's salvation. Planet of the apes is an amazing Si-Fi epic that will have you cheering for the little guy and will have you on the edge of your seat through out. I give Planet of the apes a 4 out of 5. Full Review »
  3. BR
    Apr 18, 2006
    I can't understand anyone giving this movie even a mediocre scroe. It was terrible. bad acting, predicatable plot. Just plain dumb.