Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Are there surprises? A couple of big money ones, notably the ludicrous would-be jaw-dropper of a finale.
  2. The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.
  3. This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
  4. The marvelous Burtonic gothic/nightmare production design -- scenery, weaponry, costumes, etc. constantly pleases the eye without ever distracting you from the plot.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. As a story, Burton's Planet of the Apes is more of a comic-book creation than either of his "Batman" movies.
  9. Offers a primal vision of the primate order turned topsy-turvy. It is provocative. It is frightening. It is a mess.
  10. Burton is an imaginative director with a distinctive artistic vision, but his originality is nowhere to be seen in this by-the-numbers retread.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 67
    Simply put, Burton's film lacks the social and political gravitas of the original, a film that was wholly of its time.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 80
    Forget the heavy stuff. This monkey shines.
  18. 70
    Past the first third, Planet of the Apes is entertaining enough, but it stops far too short of being completely seductive.
  19. Perfectly acceptable, deliriously charming...a goofy Bmovie dolled up like a square-jawed A-list blockbuster.
  20. 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.
  21. 50
    With the exception of a battle scene with apes on all fours charging the humans, the film is monumentally silly.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. It's a campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
  29. As satire it's toothless and at times close to incoherent; its predictable swipes are aimed equally at conservative racists and bleeding-heart liberals.
  30. 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.
  31. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's too psychically flat and dramatically inert. Instead of reinvigorating a Hollywood classic, Burton only takes it to camp.
  32. 40
    The most disappointing aspect of Planet of the Apes is that, despite its presentation, the film is so very ordinary, without urgency or revelation.
  33. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Mostly, the new film reminds us that swell production design is no substitute for a fresh, simple and startling idea.
  34. My Homo sapiens brain was boggled by the movie's clumsiness, while my heart was chilled by the chance that otherwise mature members of my species might mistake this disjointed botch for summer entertainment.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 51
  2. Negative: 13 out of 51
  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 "Planet of the Apes". Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2013
    Planet of the apes is a intriguing universe filled with excitement and believe it or not apes! Apart from the lack of character chemistry it is made even by the different personalities. This movie has some impressive set, apes and CGI that really bring the movie to life. Apart from the confusing plot twist you and in for one hell of a ride. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2013
    Terrible script mixed with a very ugly looking quality, Planet of the Apes is just a full blown mess. Mark Wahlberg does his best, but unfortunately the lack of fun brings this movie down. Full Review »