Box art for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy


Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    44%
  • Audience Score
    47%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I've been told by numerous people that as the "Planet of the Apes" series goes on it gets worse and worse. I happen to disagree. I think this is the best installment of the first four. This is basically the story of Caesar, the ape child of Cornelius and Zira from the first 3 movies. He sees apes being used as slaves and starts a revolution to over take man. The concept and story is pretty simple, and very well done. Made in 1972, it's cool to see it's take on the future(as the movie is set in the crazy futuristic year of 1991). The new movie "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" looks like a re-imagining of this movie, and I think that's the best choice. This is really the best way to restart this franchise for a newer audience. I'm glad I've gone back and discovered this great series of films, as they hold up fairly good almost 40 years later.

- fb100000145236770, Monday, July 4, 2011

3 stars

Taking place 20 years after the third film, we are shown the evolution of the apes from pets to savages and the eventual takeover of the human race. With terrible camerawork and and a very oddly written screenplay, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" is one of the weaker entries in the series, but also has the best climax of them all. The final 30 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and I loved every minute of it. However, the first hour is a complete mess and pretty much ruins everything set up in the previous film. As far as mixed bags go, this is one of the most enjoyable, because they knew when to hit the audience hard, even though they failed miserably in other regards. Overall, it's not the best film, but I really enjoyed where it went. It is recommendable for the finale.

- fb733768972, Monday, June 30, 2014

3 stars

Taking place 20 years after the third film, we are shown the evolution of the apes from pets to savages and the eventual takeover of the human race. With terrible camerawork and and a very oddly written screenplay, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" is one of the weaker entries in the series, but also has the best climax of them all. The final 30 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and I loved every minute of it. However, the first hour is a complete mess and pretty much ruins everything set up in the previous film. As far as mixed bags go, this is one of the most enjoyable, because they knew when to hit the audience hard, even though they failed miserably in other regards. Overall, it's not the best film, but I really enjoyed where it went. It is recommendable for the finale.

- fb733768972, Monday, June 30, 2014