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  • Summary: Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Aug 4, 2011
    As both a simian simile and a wonder of technology, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves to be in the company of the great original "Kong." This year's sixth "origins" story of a fantasy franchise (after The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger) is also the year's finest action movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 3, 2011
    Audacious, violent and disquieting, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Aug 4, 2011
    As tight as the parallel homo sapiens storylines are lax, Caesar's prison conversion to charismatic pan-ape revolutionist is near-silent filmmaking, with simple and precise images illustrating Caesar's General-like divining of personalities and his organization of a group from chaos to order. All of this is shown in absorbing, propulsive style, as Caesar broodingly bides his time like a king in disguise awaiting restoration.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 3, 2011
    The movie has its pleasures, although human intelligence is not one of them. Caesar, to begin with, is a wonderfully executed character, a product of special effects and a motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis, who earlier gave us Gollum in "Lord of the Rings."
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 3, 2011
    Thanks to stunning advances in performance capture technology, director Rupert Wyatt successfully ditches the cumbersome makeup appliances of past chapters, building the story around a cast of photoreal CG simians convincing enough to identify with as characters, rather than just special effects.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 6, 2011
    To showcase the special effects, the filmmakers reportedly trimmed many of the dialogue-based scenes, thereby dulling the dramatic impact of a strong genre premise.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 11, 2011
    Hell, even Heston's performance elicited cheers back in the day. Franco, in a totally, tonally different role, but still the prime human here, is a pale shadow of the ruined future to come.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 186
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    One of the best movies you'll see this year that isn't about comics!!! 10/10
    the movie is nice, it has some emotional parts, some funny parts,
    not boring at all, the action at the end is spot on. The movie is really great, the dialogue was nice, the characters were likeable except Draco Maulfoy. GO SEE IT NOW! Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2011
    This movie is not only an excellent movie which I recommend with a full price ticket of which I paid of $13.50 to see this particular movie and I have to say it was worth every penny. Not only is James Franco a superb actor which has been in so many awesome movies since spiderman came out and the CGI here has to be the best I've seen, andy serkis' motion capture is insane, these apes look as real as they can be, the facial expressions, movements, everything is top NOTCH! I give this movie a TEN because there's so much crap coming from Hollywood nowadays and it's always great to see a movie like this come along. I'm also going to buy it when it comes out. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    I loved every minute of this film and I really hope any sequels that are made keep to the same standard. If I have one criticism, it
  4. Aug 7, 2011
    Easily the best movie of the summer and, so far, the best movie I've seen this year. If you've seen the original or are a fan, you're in for a real treat. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a lot of fun. It has an amazing story. I have never seen any of the others in the series but this film still made sense, which makes it great as even a stand alone film. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    An intriguing film with good acting and clever ideas. The film was touching and extremely thoughtful, until the battle at the end, where poise was lost and it turned into more of a visual stimulation than a well-thought out scene. Overall though, despite some scientific inconsistencies, it is a must-see film, which will leave you pondering over the boundary between human and ape. Expand
  7. May 20, 2013
    I liked Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, but this, I didn't enjoyed at all. Tons of apes destroying cars, attacking people, not good.

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