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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 198
  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 21, 2011
    One word. Fantasticamazingingeniousexceptional. just frickan awesome. I definitely recommend everyone to see this prequel to the mark wahlberg blockbuster. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2014
    סרט ממש טוב שכדאי לראות, סרט מעניין מהדקה הראשונה ועד האחרונה. מספר בצורה ממש יפה את הסיפור של סיזר. מהרגע שהוא נולד עד שהקין מרד 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 18, 2012
    Rome killed off their Caesar and the apes reincarnated him as ruler. It starts mundane until Caesar rises.
    Andy Serkis as Caesar & Kong among
    other characters will put boring actors to shame. Ape 101 evolution. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2012
    The reboot of this series has been initiated from the very beginning of how earth has been fallen into apesâ
  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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