Box art for Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy

The sudden appearance of one man in a world where apes are in charge and humans are enslaved serves as a challenge to the status quo in this exciting sci-fi thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Decent re-imagining of the classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features intense and prolonged peril, a great deal of violence, and many deaths, including characters we care about. Characters are beaten and branded. There is a brief mild sexual situation and some strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the way that Burton makes unabashedly clear the parallels between the views of the apes toward humans and the views of racists and other bigots on Earth. Like those who have argued for segregation, apartheid, genocide, and "ethnic cleansing," the apes find justification for their oppression of humans by insisting that humans are inferior creatures who have no souls or by demonizing them. The apes seem to have no problem with sub-species distinctions, and different kinds of apes work and socialize without any distinctions.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, August 5, 2011

Fresh: The summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, July 27, 2001

Rotten: Offers proof of Hollywood's simian instincts: Monkey see old hit, monkey do remake.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Monday, July 30, 2001

Audience Reviews

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1 star

I can't believe that this one's is a Burton's, because this movie is totally disgusting... Making a movie about apes taking the control of the earth and make humans their slaves, it just totally unreasonable... The only thing I like about this movie is the plot of the story which is bending the time and make us to think while watching this movie... But the apes behavior thing, the terrible act from the cast, not mentioning that Burton had a great cast in here (Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, & Paul Giamatti), but it just sucks... I can't even tell the difference from an ape to another apes except the main character played by Helena Bonham Carter... And the ending of this movie, maybe it sounds a little interesting, but how can that happened?? I mean it's totally nonsense for you to go to a planet who similar to earth like the oxygen thing why human can breath and live in this planet, or how can the earth in the future is ruled by the apes?? It's totally, totally nonsense I thought... And without any doubt, I think this is the worst Tim Burton's movie so far, since I haven't watch all of his movies...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, March 15, 2010

3 stars

The monkey OR ape (in formal) seems racist! LoL. Not a bad movie though.

- 3niR, Thursday, January 28, 2010