Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 6, 2011
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 5, 2011
    60
    The middle section of the story is where Rise truly takes off, perhaps in ways that will have viewers forgiving the rest.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 5, 2011
    60
    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 3, 2011
    58
    Feels like half of a good movie, much of it revealed in admittedly thrilling trailers.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 5, 2011
    50
    They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Now for the bad news. The filmmakers seem to have spent so much attention and, presumably, money on getting the primates right that they completely forgot about the people.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Like the film that constrains him, a prequel to Planet of the Apes, perhaps James Franco understands his performance as something that will one day evolve into something far greater.
  9. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 3, 2011
    50
    James Franco looks more bored and distracted in Rise of the Planet of the Apes than he did when he was hosting the Oscars: Watching the movie, I kept waiting for him to pull out his iPhone, aim it at the camera and take a snapshot while mugging sheepishly. Has there ever been a film with a less engaged protagonist?
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 4, 2011
    45
    Too earnest and dour to be a silly bit of summer fun, but it's not exactly scientifically sound, either.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 5, 2011
    42
    Since the only really good "Planet of the Apes" movie was the 1968 original with Charlton Heston, I've always wondered why filmmakers can't just leave well enough alone.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 11, 2011
    40
    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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 775 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 217
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    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,
    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!
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  2. Aug 16, 2011
    7
    This movie was great. Even if you haven't seen the original "Planet of the Apes" series (which you should) this movie is still entertaining.This movie was great. Even if you haven't seen the original "Planet of the Apes" series (which you should) this movie is still entertaining. The computer graphics are superb, the actors do a good job, and the movie does what it sets out to do. It delivers in nearly every department, except none of the human characters are interesting. All of them are rather bland or unlikable, but the apes are the center of this film, and you'll be rooting for them the whole movie. The action scenes are riveting and exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This movie is definitely worth seeing and is very good, but not extraordinary. Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2011
    5
    In the end, this film was too predictable and preposterous. There are a lot of eye rolling moments, such as the humans are all stupid, theIn the end, this film was too predictable and preposterous. There are a lot of eye rolling moments, such as the humans are all stupid, the corporation greedy at all costs, the animal shelter that abuses animals, shooting lots of apes with machine guns at close range never hitting any, an army of apes that appear apparently from nowhere, etc. etc. The film has nothing original to offer at all and is a conglomeration of many other films. If you're young and haven't seen as many movies as I have you will enjoy it a lot more than I did. The CGI and special effects are very good and there is no slow parts so it did hold my attention. Not a bad movie but made more for the action than the plausibility. Full Review »