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War for the Planet of the Apes Reviews

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October 29, 2018
There is inelegance here between expression and meaning that is jarring, and makes this a grim watch at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes is the most ambitious out of the three Apes prequels. Director Matt Reeves (who co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Bomback) has created a bleak saga that is as beautiful as it is dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 9, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes is a basic allegory that flirts, dangerously, with becoming an outright social issue drama.
August 8, 2017
With Reeves' metaphors all face-up, "War" becomes nothing but an awfully literal conclusion of a trilogy that once hinted at much bigger, more symbolic things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 20, 2017
It saddens me to report that, though there are still great scenes of primate conflict, the third film of the trilogy succumbs in the end to fatal chicken-heartedness.
June 26, 2017
Much of the two-plus hours finds Reeves feigning character development with drawn-out close-ups that register as little more than an ostentatious showcase for the peerless visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 18, 2017
I found the machinations tedious - the film is more than two hours long - and there isn't much tension regarding the eventual outcome.
July 26, 2017
The barriers that divide text from subtext and meta-text are torn down in War for the Planet of the Apes; instead we get all of them at once in a pasteurized soup of signification.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 12, 2017
Where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a vaguely plausible parable about the dangers of scientists messing with nature, this one doesn't have an original thought about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 26, 2017
Seamlessly blending human actors with CGI creatures and a wealth of visual effected violence, the film delivers awe-inspiring action. So why was I so bored?
July 12, 2017
Reeves's story ends up echoing a very old one-essentially, Moses leading his people out of bondage and into freedom-without weaving in any nuance. War for the Planet of the Apes is an epic, to be sure-but an epic slog.
July 3, 2017
More glum and formulaic than deep...If I want to watch a celebration of America in decline, I just turn on Fox News.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2017
This is not the film to breathe fresh life into the franchise; it's a dark and dreary chapter with far too many eggs in its pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2017
Isn't as visually impressive as its predecessors and has an unsatisfactory ending. It's the least effective of the three films
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 28, 2017
The current Planet of the Apes franchise is just so insufferably earnest, with a po-faced quality seldom seen outside of Biblical movies.
July 7, 2017
Too gloomy to provide many summer-blockbuster thrills, but too silly to be a serious art-house allegory, the film is best left to completists. It just isn't a very profound or moving film - although it does sometimes ape one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2017
Personally I found it all a bit distasteful and more than a little unpleasant. Cool shout-outs to "Schindler's List" though, bro.
July 14, 2017
This is essentially the ape version of The Great Escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 13, 2017
The more engrossing intraspecies relationships have disappeared, and the simian ones lack the verbal wit that animated the original series.
November 10, 2017
It tries to hold a mirror up to humanity, but merely provides a romp through a forest of empty signifiers.
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