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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 andRise 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
    100
    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
    88
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Negative: 4 out of 216
  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. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    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. SomeThis 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
    9
    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 wellThe 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 10, 2011
    8
    James Franco is a very good actor and this was a good movie to have him in. Although it was a well written story, the fantasy aspect of itJames Franco is a very good actor and this was a good movie to have him in. Although it was a well written story, the fantasy aspect of it just didn't sit right. All the "Planet of the Apes" films are bizarre but that also makes it intriguing to people. Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2012
    8
    Not quite up to the grand standard of its predecessor with Charlton Heston, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a great film. The emotionalNot quite up to the grand standard of its predecessor with Charlton Heston, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a great film. The emotional roller-coaster is portrayed fantastically by Andy Serkis, whilst James Franco and John Lithgow portray the humans in this piece very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this spectacle and look forward to watching it again, probably in the near future. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2012
    7
    This was a solid film that showed exactly as the title indicated. It was exciting to see what would happen next, and actually seemedThis was a solid film that showed exactly as the title indicated. It was exciting to see what would happen next, and actually seemed believable except for a few parts. I wish a little more had taken place, because it felt like it wasn't building up to much by the end. Still a fine piece of cinema though. Expand
  7. May 20, 2013
    0
    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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