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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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  Rise of the Planet of the Apes Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
6.39 /10
James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis
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Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Length: 105

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As both a simian simile and a wonder of technology, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves to be in the company of the great original "Kong." This year's sixth "origins" story of a fantasy franchise (after The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger) is also the year's finest action movie.
(Richard Corliss, Time)
This summer's best popcorn flick.
(Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News)
Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable, it's a model summer diversion that entertains without insulting your intelligence.
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.
(Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)
Audacious, violent and disquieting, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a summer sequel that's better than it has any right to be.
(Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.
(Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter)
It's faint praise to say that this is the best of the Planet of the Apes movies, because the evolution of special effects and makeup was predictable. But the unexpected strength of the film is its heart.
(Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The running time is efficient, the direction is clean, the story is simple but resonant, the effects are understated yet impressive, and the near-wordless star of the show puts on an acting clinic. Damned if the risen one doesn't lift us out of our seats.
(Rick Groen, Globe and Mail)

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