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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Reviews: Best Movie Of The Summer?

Thu, July 10, 2014 2:49pm EDT by HL Intern 1 Comment
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviews
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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ hits theaters on July 11, but will it outshine the success of its predecessors? Read what critics are saying about this action flick!

In 2011, James Franco starred in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a prequel riffing on the 1968 classic, Planet of the Apes. Now it’s finally time for a sequel, though this time it’s Franco-less — Gary Oldman and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke are at the helm instead. So how will the film do without its original leading man? Check out what the critics have to say about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Reviews: The Critics Speak

The movie is set in a world where the human population has been crippled by a from virus 10 years prior. The apes and the humans have come to a peace agreement, but it does not last long. This failed arrangement provokes a war between the apes and the humans to conclude who is Earth’s dominant species. With a script and cast like this, the movie is sure to be a hit, right? Let’s see what the critics have to say:

The New York Times

It’s a satisfying movie and an example — a dispiritingly rare one these days — of what mainstream Hollywood filmmaking can still achieve. That we have progressed from “Rise” only as far as “Dawn” suggests many future sequels, which may, in this case, be a source of hope as well as dread, provided that civilization doesn’t collapse in the meantime.


It is not just a matter of awesome, believable CGI animation — which indeed I’ll single out for its own praise momentarily — but of actors putting their hearts and souls into characters and achieving something exceptional. Above all else that I can say about this movie to recommend it to you, I say the acting and character arcs are rich and complex and demand attention.

Entertainment Weekly

There’s a good chance you never knew you needed to witness the sight of an angry ape charging on horseback, double-fisting a pair of machine guns. But trust me, you do. Although Jane Goodall might disagree, that showstopping sequence of lead-spraying primate mayhem is just one of the many giddy pleasures in Matt Reeves’ surprisingly rollicking and resonant Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — a sequel that easily tops its 2011 predecessor.


An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar’s troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan than “Rise” journeyman Rupert Wyatt.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? After these group of positive reviews are you excited to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Let us know!

— Jordan Emanuel

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