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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews

September 22, 2016
Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it, and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances.
June 30, 2015
[Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] is a text book example of how to stay true to the basic genetic code of a movie while also letting it evolve into a different, altogether more sophisticated beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2015
Rise of the Planet of the Apes alone justified the advent of CGI. With it comes a worthy successor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
July 21, 2014
For dramatic verve and emotional nuance, apes trounce people, hands down, and the movie suffers badly from the mismatch; all traces of finesse are trampled by the bombast of the climax.
July 18, 2014
Given the constraints under which he must have been working, being filmed with motion capture technology and under layers of heavy make-up, Serkis' performance is extraordinarily expressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2014
What is, perhaps, surprising, is the way the film aligns our sympathies with the apes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2014
Dawn is nothing like as dramatically satisfying as Rise. It is slow, portentous and peculiarly dimly lit - for all of Matt Reeves's ambition has gone into creating what he calls "the photo-reality of things".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2014
It's very enjoyable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2014
Has its moments, but is no Dunston Checks In.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2014
It's an education fable, accessorised with biffs and bangs in widescreen 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2014
This just might be the most engrossing, the smartest and the most daring "Apes" movie ever put on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2014
For the next installment, it might be wisest to forgo our own species altogether and make it all-ape. It is, after all, the logical next step in this particular cinematic evolution.
July 11, 2014
For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2014
One of the most intelligent and entertaining big-studio releases of the summer so far.
July 11, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets to be exciting and to say something about the world instead of merely blowing it up. The apes are among the more intellectually complex characters you're likely to spend time with this summer.
July 11, 2014
What's striking about this new film is that it lays out the message-mongering in such a way that you can enjoy the movie equally well on a purely action level.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2014
It is certainly thrilling to see how Reeves and his CGI wizards bring their hordes of apes to life. Honestly, if I didn't know they were computerized, I'd have thought they'd brought off an evolutionary miracle.
July 11, 2014
It's incredible. It sets the standard for blockbuster action movies, and manages to be even better than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 11, 2014
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2014
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
The tone is dire, the visuals dark and doomy, the pace epically slow. Like so many sequels, it's everything the first film aspired not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 10, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best and brainiest blockbuster of the summer, the kind of movie you hope for when you pay your money and buy your popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
Reeves directs with great dynamism, and his scenes of masses of apes swinging through treetops and swarming through San Francisco streets are rousingly staged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
It's the first big tent-pole film of 2014 that nails everything from start to finish, blending thoughtful allegory, meaningful science fiction and dazzling action spectacle without a hitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
July 10, 2014
Here's a thought for the inevitable next film in this series: Ditch the humans. Stick with the apes. They're a lot more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wisely weaves a tale of the flaws in human and simian natures. It also manages to say a thing or two about the hollowness of most summer blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 10, 2014
An exciting and engrossing blockbuster with weighty themes, it raises important moral questions as it keeps viewers riveted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
"Dawn" is that rare sequel that makes a pretty good predecessor ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") seem almost unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
Watching an army of apes riding horses heading into battle is undeniably cool, but that's the only thing the movie gives you: Neat eye candy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2014
The most metaphorically and morally evolved film of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
Serkis outdoes himself as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This gigantic spellbinder of a movie rests on his ability to convey power and command with his posture, and an array of emotions via his incredibly malleable face.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 10, 2014
Don't know how the special effects team pulled this off; don't want to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
When it gets going, it's a pretty fine movie.
July 10, 2014
When a movie is inconclusive, when it's heading nowhere, there's no telling what should be emphasized and what should be glossed over. Everything is of equal unimportance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 10, 2014
It speaks to the masses with some treats for the discerning types in the back.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2014
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" works both as allegory and action-adventure film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
Hail Caesar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
The film, despite its bloat and its overfondness for scenes of massacre, feels as if it were made by actual humans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2014
For two hours of breathless drama, you forget you're watching actors grunting like chimps and hope two rival civilizations can work together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
It's a satisfying movie and an example - a dispiritingly rare one these days - of what mainstream Hollywood filmmaking can still achieve.
Top Critic
July 9, 2014
A broody and reasonably entertaining act of brand extension, marred mainly by its limited license to do anything but inch audiences a little closer to the inevitable ape-slavement.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 9, 2014
Any film that begins with one of those fake-news montages, where snippets of genuine CNN footage are stitched together to concoct a feeling of semi-urgency around its hackneyed apocalypse, already sucks even before it gets started.
July 9, 2014
Surprisingly rollicking and resonant ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 9, 2014
A sequel to a reboot that makes a solid franchise stronger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 9, 2014
You have good guys and bad guys on both sides. The audience isn't meant to root for apes vs. humans as much as for certain characters. It's one of the film's best qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 9, 2014
"Dawn's" vision of masses of intelligent apes swarming the screen as masters of all they survey is even more impressive than it was the last time around and reason enough to see the film all by itself.
July 9, 2014
As the performance behind Caesar, Andy Serkis, along with a team of visual effects artists, has created a riveting character who is somewhere between human and animal, and who is shockingly convincing.
July 9, 2014
Within the fertile area between promise and execution, Dawn is dynamite entertainment, especially in the rousing first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2014
As entertainment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is impeccably crafted and often spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2014
[A] heavy movie, even if it is hidden in the gorilla suit that is action-adventure entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 9, 2014
Dawn never feels dull or draggy. It also never feels as excitingly intelligent as its Apes ancestors.
July 9, 2014
Just when it seemed like blockbusters could never evolve, in rides this extraordinary epic - a towering fable of humanity and brutality that takes a great movie myth and launches it forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 8, 2014
It lives so confidently in its invented universe that you almost believe a society of apes could thrive on the outskirts of San Francisco ...
July 1, 2014
Just as 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes surpassed expectations, so this sequel delivers on its promise and leaves us wanting more - which we'll almost certainly get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2014
However often it risks monkey-mad silliness, it's impressively un-stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2014
It may lack its predecessor's lofty ambitions, but once the bullets, spears and hairy fists start flying you'll be too wrapped up to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2014
In the annals of sequels, Dawn is to Rise of the Planet of the Apes what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars -- it's that much better.
Top Critic
June 28, 2014
This vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar's troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department ...