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Planet of the Apes

Thriller . Sci-Fi . Adventure . Action . Science Fiction

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan).

Actors: Helena Bonham Carter , Tim Roth , Mark Wahlberg , Charlton Heston , Glenn Shadix , Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa , Paul Giamatti , Estella Warren , Kris Kristofferson , Michael Clarke Duncan
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA
Release: 2001-07-27
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  • Bob Graham

    The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    The marvelous Burtonic gothic/nightmare production design -- scenery, weaponry, costumes, etc. constantly pleases the eye without ever distracting you from the plot.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    Has its flaws, but at its best it’s a fleet, fun action movie -- and certainly one of the cooler blockbusters that Hollywood will cough up this godforsaken summer.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    Forget the heavy stuff. This monkey shines.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    There's one reason to see Tim Burton's flawed, somewhat declawed but often amusing do-over of Planet of the Apes. The apes. What else?

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Stuff yourself with popcorn, let the gray matter rest and enjoy what may be the best two hours of nonsense you'll see this year.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It has its flaws, and traditionalists are likely to think it falls well short of its inspiration, but it works on its own terms, it fills the screen with Burtonesque excitement and it strikes me as one of this tepid movie summer's better offerings.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Past the first third, Planet of the Apes is entertaining enough, but it stops far too short of being completely seductive. Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Perfectly acceptable, deliriously charming...a goofy Bmovie dolled up like a square-jawed A-list blockbuster.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Simply put, Burton's film lacks the social and political gravitas of the original, a film that was wholly of its time.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Burton's made a film that's respectful to the original, and respectable in itself, but that's not enough. Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    As a story, Burton's Planet of the Apes is more of a comic-book creation than either of his "Batman" movies.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Offers a primal vision of the primate order turned topsy-turvy. It is provocative. It is frightening. It is a mess.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Are there surprises? A couple of big money ones, notably the ludicrous would-be jaw-dropper of a finale.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Good, but, sadly, not good enough. Well-acted, beautifully shot and splendidly costumed, it's superior to the original in its looks, but not as potent or meaningful in its story line.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Burton is an imaginative director with a distinctive artistic vision, but his originality is nowhere to be seen in this by-the-numbers retread.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Planet of the Apes is never quite boring -- the movie is constantly giving you something new to look at -- but it's still a disappointingly dull and underplotted ride.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This film is pure, empty (if gorgeous) spectacle, and the decision to loose the tongues of the ape planet's humans (they were mute in the original) undermines the contrast that lies at the heart of the story's power.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Overly familiar industrial product, a big-budgeted entertainment defined by its putatively big concept (apes rule), an underwritten script and a few flashes of Burton's visual genius and gently askew worldview.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    With the exception of a battle scene with apes on all fours charging the humans, the film is monumentally silly.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • John Simon

    Devoured by its own mechanical ostentation, generates no emotional involvement, and has a smart-ass, infinitely less powerful ending than the original.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Outside of a hyper-energetic, irresistibly evil portrayal by Tim Roth as General Thade, the baddest ape in town, the sad truth about Planet of the Apes is that, disappointingly, it's just not very much fun to watch.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    When Mr. Burton's "Planet" fixes on being succeeds. But the picture states its social points so bluntly that it becomes slow-witted and condescending; it treats the audience as pets.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Planet of the Apes has been designed and photographed (by Phillipe Rousselot) with real artistry, but in all the ways that matter it's hack work.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Largely listless and witless, this extensive reworking of the 1968 sci-fi favorite simply isn't very exciting or imaginative; most surprisingly, given the material, it's also Burton's most conventional and literal-minded film, the one most lacking in his trademark poetic weirdness and bracing flights of fancy.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The longer I take to review this movie, the more the absurdities loom. So let me finish before I think about the story's stupidly plotted structure or recall how tiring it was to watch apes perpetually pushing humans to the ground or sending them pirouetting into the air.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    It's a campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    As satire it's toothless and at times close to incoherent; its predictable swipes are aimed equally at conservative racists and bleeding-heart liberals.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    If only the director, or his deus, could have delivered us from the inevitable shock ending, which blends Darwin and Einstein with purest P.T. Barnum.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
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