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Planet of the Apes Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    My Homo sapiens brain was boggled by the movie's clumsiness, while my heart was chilled by the chance that otherwise mature members of my species might mistake this disjointed botch for summer entertainment.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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?

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

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.

  • 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.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very intense peril and violence, characters killed.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Mild.

  • language false2

    Language: Mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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