BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

By Dr. Know on July 11th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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It’s incredible. It sets the standard for blockbuster action movies, and manages to be even better than its predecessor.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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Maybe that’s the sad takeaway of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: that peace is futile, conflict inevitable. No matter the species, we’re all doomed.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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The visual look of the apes themselves is what brings it all home. Seeing is believing, and the magic of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is that it is so easy to believe.

July 10, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

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This installment inches events closer to a merge point with 1968’s Planet of the Apes while maintaining its own unique identity. It is in every way superior to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

July 10, 2014Full Review Source: ReelViews

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an extremely high-functioning sci-fi thriller about extremely high-functioning apes. Some of it may seem silly in the recounting, or in the trailer, but it doesn’t feel silly in the theater.

July 10, 2014Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

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The human characters (played by Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell, among others) are so bland they don’t stand a chance against their simian counterparts.

July 10, 2014Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

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So yes, ape shall not kill ape. But that doesn’t mean ape shall not ride on a horse holding a machine gun in each hand and instigating an inter-species world war. We can all be seriously grateful for that kind of serious fun.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Movies.com


I want to go there with you America, I really do. I just can’t.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Surprisingly, a CGI ape learning what it means to be an ape can be riveting stuff.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: MLive.com


The beauty of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lies in how we don’t root for either species to win. We treat each individual, whether human or ape, on his or her own merits. This is the way it should be.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Digital Spy

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is not only the best sequel in the franchise and one of the best films of 2014, it’s the best science fiction film in years.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: FoxNews.com


A story about real peacemaking that manages to both instruct and delight in classic fashion.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Patheos


It offers up everything a summer blockbuster should: intelligence, great visual effects and an emotional core that stays with you after the lights come back on.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews

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Yes, it’s Hollywood at its most manipulative. Still, Heston would hate to hear this…but, at least from a moviegoer’s perspective, the coming ape-ocracy may be nothing to fear and something to champion after all.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

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A blockbuster with a brain, and a heart, too – a welcome thing.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Reason Online

Reason Online

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a showcase for Serkis and the mo-cap wizards. The apes go marching, one by one.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Oregonian


An extraordinary summer blockbuster that reprises the fatal encounter of European colonizers with Native Americans and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews


It’s Serkis who provides the best, albeit smaller scale spectacle in ironically showing the humanity in the ape. It’s an insanely terrific performance. (Full Content Listings for Parents also available)

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Screen It!

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A sequel that ups the action while still retaining the emotional gravitas that marks the best cinematic epics.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

Premature climaxing dampens the mood.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com


What a terrific film, what a technical achievement. If you were impressed three years ago with the special effects in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ and surely you were, prepare to be blown away with this sequel.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Video-Reviewmaster.com


All hail Caesar!

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: Beliefnet


Has me Done with the Planet of the Apes.

July 11, 2014Full Review Source: COED.com


Bold and brash. It’s an action movie with plenty of ideas… There’s a Shakespearean motif this time ’round, with plenty of court betrayal and the like (I admit to thinking “Et tu, you filthy brute?” as a particularly appalling pun midway through).

July 10, 2014Full Review Source: Twitch

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