Box art for Rise Of The Planet of the Apes

Rise Of The Planet of the Apes

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Occasionally violent origin story is surprisingly good.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this origin story is less sci-fi and more relationship drama, making it a surprisingly equal-opportunity choice for teens and parents. There's not much language, sexuality, or drinking, but the animal-human violence gets intense in the second half of the movie. Humans are afraid of the apes, so they shoot and poke them, and the threatened apes react defensively by smashing cars, throwing spears, pushing police officers off a bridge, and generally wreaking havoc on the Bay Area. There are a few pivotal death scenes for both species, but the movie's focus is less on the action and more on the nuanced question of how animals and humans can co-exist once there's no intelligence barrier.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the ongoing popularity of remaking classic older films. What are some series that have outdone their predecessors? Which originals should never have been reimagined?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to other action/sci-fi movies you've seen? Does the fact that it involves animals give it more or less impact?
  • Animals are usually depicted as our friends, but what do the apes want -- to rule the world, or just to be free from cages? How does the filmmaker portray Caesar and Will's relationship? Is Caesar a pet, a child, or something in between?
  • For those familiar with the Planet of the Apes series, how does this compare to the original storyline? Do the changes make sense, considering technological developments since the '70s? Do you think there should be more?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The action scenes (particularly a battle between humans and apes on the Golden Gate Bridge) are inventively spectacular, and the story at the movie's core is evocative and engaging.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, August 22, 2011

Fresh: Conjured through the ever-expanding magic of performance-capture technology, the apes are easily the most compelling elements of Apes.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rotten: H]alf good and half bad, and the primary dividing line is by genus.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, August 5, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

VERDICT: TOTALLY WATCHABLE - Where did this come from? Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the biggest surprise of 2011. The effects are great, but what really connects with you is Andy Serkis' performance as the ape Caesar. You feel as emotionally attached to Caesar as any of the human characters, and I believe that's exactly how the filmmakers wanted you to feel. This is a film that concentrates heavily on its story. Boasting remarkable acting, and truly mesmerizing moments (some only involving CGI apes communicating in sign language), make sure you seek this film out by any means necessary!

- MovieGeek13, Thursday, July 10, 2014

4 stars

Terrible, terrible idea executed fantastically. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Thursday, June 12, 2014

3 stars

I didn't realize until I read other reviews that the apes were not real. The story is interesting, the special effects amazing.

- Redlats, Sunday, February 23, 2014