Rise of the Planet of the Apes


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Critics Consensus

Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.



Total Count: 267


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A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate. -- (C) Official Site


James Franco
as Will Rodman
Freida Pinto
as Caroline Aranha
John Lithgow
as Charles Rodman
Brian Cox
as John Landon
Tom Felton
as Dodge Landon
David Oyelowo
as Steven Jacobs
Terry Notary
as Rocket/Bright Eyes
Devyn Dalton
as Cornelia
Tyler Labine
as Robert Franklin
David Hewlett
as Hunsiker
Ty Olsson
as Chief John Hamil
Madison Bell
as Alice Hunsiker
Makena Joy
as Alice Hunsiker (Teen)
Kevin O'Grady
as Animal Control Officer #1
Sean Tyson
as Animal Control Officer #2
Jack Kuris
as Boy in Muir Woods
Tammy Hui
as Bridge Driver
Jeb Beach
as Dad in Muir Woods
Jesse Reid
as Donnie Thompson
Leah Gibson
as Party Girl #1
Tracy Spiridakos
as Party Girl #2
Ivan Wanis Ruiz
as Handler at Lab #1
Trevor Carroll
as Handler at Lab #2
Timothy Webber
as Janitor - Stan Timko
James Pizzinato
as Lab Tech No. 1
Robin Nielsen
as Lab Tech No. 2
Monica Mustelier
as Lab Tech No. 3
Syn Narula
as Lab Tech No. 4
Mattie Hawkinson
as Lab Tech No. 5
Ryan Booth
as South Side Commander
Elizabeth Weinstein
as Mom in Muir Woods
Javier Caballero Cano
as Newspaper Dad
Peter Bundic
as Newspaper Boy #1
Dylan Nouri
as Newspaper Boy #2
Oona Service
as Playground Girl
Camille Atebe
as Playground Mom
Temura Derek Morrison
as Security Guard #1
Dean Redman
as Security Guard #2
Hector Johnson
as Security Guard #3
David Richmond-Peck
as Board Member #1
Adrian Hough
as Board Member #2
Natalie Johnson
as Board Member #3
Joey Roche
as Todd Hunsiker
Sean Roche
as Todd Hunsiker (Teen)
Qayam Devji
as Todd's Buddy
Yurij Kis
as Worker
Riel Hahn
as Zoo Guide
Sonja Bennett
as Mother on Sidewalk
Michael Kopsa
as Jerk Driver
Steve Lawlor
as SFPD #1
Sandy Robson
as SFPD #4
as SFPD #3
Mike Dopud
as Northside Officer
Matteo Mazziotti
as Child in Car
Willy Miles
as Guy with Newspaper
Fred North
as Camera Ship Pilot
Juliette Goodrich
as KPIX News Anchor
Allen Martin Jr.
as KPIX News Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

All Critics (267) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (218) | Rotten (49)

  • Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture.

    Jun 24, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity.

    Aug 30, 2011 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

    Aug 22, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Distinguishes itself from other ill-conceived reboots in general, and from Tim Burton's disastrous 2001 remake in particular, by looking with fresh, simian eyes at its core conflict between human and primates.

    Aug 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Wyatt proves himself a highly skilled action merchant, packing the film with dynamic, sometimes disorienting camera movements and coming up with some memorable imagery...

    Aug 12, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A relatively modest B-movie bolstered by A-grade technical wizardry.

    Aug 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

  • Jun 12, 2014
    Terrible, terrible idea executed fantastically. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    <i>"Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"</i> Few times I have rolled my eyes so hardly in a movie. That line was so forced... This so-called "thought-provoking" and "emotionally driven" ride has me in loss. The overabudant CGI was too tough for me to handle and to buy in the first place. It made me miss the old classic days of the 60s and 70s. Now that was a true revolution. Rupert Wyatt offers a potential prequel for the events that followed in the previous films; however, it is a bad sign to realize that the amount of entertainment this was providing me throughout was pretty much comparable to Michael Bay (actually, he has done better!) and to the bombs of the 90s by Roland Emmerich. With a sorry excuse to involve "human reflections" and characters we never care about (beginning with Caroline and Will's father), this unrequired delivery certainly makes up for the level of disappointment that Burton brought a long with a remake, but utilizes the safest Hollywood escape route for cashing easy money: i. Apply the CGI of the Avatar crew. ii. Put a famous name in the leading role. iii. Add family issues. iv. Make it PG-13. v. Add clichés. People sometimes miss them in action blockbusters. I facepalmed twice. Extra half-star for a monkey riding a horse, although that would have worked better in a movie produced by The Asylum. 56/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    From the get go I was pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Although the trailer did look pretty sweet, I must admit that when I first heard about them yet again delving into the Planet of the Apes franchise, I was incredibly bloody sceptical. I'm glad now though, as this was as worthy a reboot as you could ever hope for, which as far as I'm concerned trumped even the original, not to mention how much it absolutely fucking brutalised that crap Burton came up with in 2001. Andy Serkis (Burke and Hare, Lord of the Rings) returns to motion capture glory as Caesar, super-intelligent chimp-lord, who, to be perfectly honest, was written infinitely better than any of the human characters. Still, on humans, it was cool to see Tom Felton (Harry Potter, The Apparition) and Brian Cox (X2, Super Troopers) getting into anything has always got to be a good thing. When I first left the cinema my first thought was "Hm, that really didn't need to be a prequel to Planet of the Apes" which upon further thought, was actually a good thing! It had the strength to stand out completely from its own laurels, not just those of the original, so not only was it a great movie, it was a great stand-alone film, completely separate to its predecessor. It's far from perfect, and not exactly aimed at my interests, but I can say this for it. I wish more films these days would be like Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Using modern technology's brilliant effects to tell a story, rather than instead of a story. 75% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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