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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 206
  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 28, 2011
    This movie was pretty awesome. There was rarely a dull moment and it had hints through out the movie leading to the planet of the apes. Some parts were predictable, but still entertaining. One person mentioned that this movie is nonsense. Let's remember this is a movie, not real life thus it is not perfect. A dream is not perfect, but it you can still have an awesome dream with some inconsistency. For any kind of a science fiction fan this is a must see movie. Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    The apes are by far the best animated character in the history of cinema. Not only is the C.G.I. good, but the character is written very well in general. You will go through all of those emotions yourself as you witness the movie's journey that it takes you on. Through the film, you will understand what Cesar is feeling and why. The invisible character of the film is humanity itself, it's looking at a dark mirror Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2011
    This is a good movie. I didnt expect much but I liked it. It reminded me a bit of AI. A nice subtext. Its an entertaining movie and i certainly enjoyed watching it. Let there be more ! Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    The trailers stated that this had the CG technology that Avatar had. But you know what? This was much better than Avatar. Now, you might screaming at me about how much you love Avatar and that you say that I'm a monster, but 2 years ago critics understood that the film lacked substance. Fortunately, this isn't Avatar. Instead this was a much more powerful film that had effort put into all aspects of the film, especially the acting and writing which create an emotional attachment to the main characters. It's also a film that has those awesome moments where you go, "OH SH-T!!!" I could never take my eyes of the screen, it was that entertaining. Lastly, I think that it deserves a lot more nominations than what it got. You don't believe me? Go see it for yourself and you can decide. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2012
    After being released at the end of summer 2011, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" has succeeded in exceeding people's expectations, mine included. It's a fine origin story, but the human characters (including even the lead actor James Franco) haven't been given much to do in this film. In fairness, the apes including the leader Caesar are the stars of the movie and despite the fact they will most probably enslave our species in any potential sequels you can't help but root for them as this feature plays through. 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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