3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he movie has its pleasures....Caesar, to begin with, is a wonderfully executed character, a product of special effects and a motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (08/05/2011)
"Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable....[It] entertains without insulting your intelligence."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (08/05/2011)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With a ] jaw-dropping crescendo, a spectacular bout of gorilla warfare..."
Total Film - Neil Smith (10/01/2011)
"Employing bleeding-edge technologies in the service of old-fashioned entertainment....RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES settles into a playful stretch."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (08/05/2011)
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]creenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver expertly create a compelling quandary that forces viewers to acknowledge that this is no conventional hero-villain conflict..."
Box Office (08/04/2011)
"The cautionary tale feels surprisingly fresh and entertaining....With its skillful blend of live action and motion-capture technology, it's a handsomely made prequel..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (08/05/2011)
"[The movie] swings into flights of kinetic fantasy that blow the collective mind."
Wall Street Journal (08/05/2011)
"[T]his present-day thriller revolves around one intelligent ape..."
Sight and Sound - Andrew Osmond (10/01/2011)