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Based on 48 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 28 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Dawn is dynamite entertainment, especially in the rousing first hour. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If you see the movie, notice how the ending is no ending, and the fact that it even feels like one is entirely a function of Michael Giacchino's musical score. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's a provocative sci-fi action film with dynamite special effects, a powerful humanistic theme with echoes of real-life social conflicts, and a truly wondrous performance by Serkis. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film forges ahead, in vivid 3-D, with such energy, expertise and thunderous conviction that you readily accept its basic premise — the pell-mell emergence of great intelligence, plus moral awareness, in primitive bodies — and find yourself exactly where the filmmakers want you to be, swinging giddily between sympathy for the apes and the humans in what threatens to become all-out war. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    At a certain point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you expect Caesar to say, "Et tu, Koba?" Maybe a bit obvious, but it would have shown some wit. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is awe-inspiring. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously improve on a very good first entry in a franchise and produce a powerful humanistic statement using a significantly simian cast of characters. show more

  • 60
    Alonso Duralde TheWrap

    For its few visual and many script flaws, however, director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”) balances the splashy set pieces with quieter moments (sullen teen Kodi Smit-McPhee gives a copy of Charles Burns’ “Black Hole” to a wise orangutan named after Maurice Evans!) in such a way that “Dawn” never feels dull or draggy. show more

  • 90
    Jordan Hoffman

    Serkis’ Caesar gets more than his fair share of rip-snortin’ badass moments. He’s arguably the finest leader of men we’ve seen on screen since “Lincoln.” show more

  • 88
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    This is an “Apes” for the ages. show more

  • August 08, 2014 Yvonne
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    This is a great movie. better than the first!

  • July 28, 2014 Connie Gansel Harper
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    great movie! great action, never boring. This has been by far the best one made. enjoyed every moment!!!

  • July 21, 2014 Goodmom42
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    My husband and I loved this film, not one MOMENT of boringness in it (I think some of the other reviewers were in the wrong movie). The special effects were very good, and I was especially impressed by the realistic expressions on the apes' faces!

  • July 21, 2014 Marion
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    Slow, predictable, too long and did I say predictable??? There were NO surprises in this movie. Save your money. (written by an adult)

  • July 20, 2014 Todd Odom
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best movie I have seen in a while. The story is well written. The movie is a winner due to the fact that you care for the apes. There are antagonist on both sides. The plot is very original. I can't wait to see the next movie. Everyone should definitely see this movie.

  • July 20, 2014 etf4doc
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    don't waste your money, first hour is extremely boring, second half not worth it!!

  • July 20, 2014 John
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    Mundane modern special effects train wreck. If you are looking for a plot, competent acting or something to keep you awake, look elsewhere. From San Francisco rednecks guarding mankind's last hope, the armory (yea, I don't know how they got there either) to apes expertly firing newly found guns with endless clips this movie appeals only to pre-25's raised in a world of digital delusions. Is there a way to give negative stars?

  • July 19, 2014 mikesmutt
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    a visually spectacular movie but the script is pretty pedestrian---a lot of stunning scenes, but you certainly get the feeling all they are doing is setting up part 3---grade B

  • July 17, 2014 marco060992
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    This was absolutely the best movie ever. Every one must watch!

  • July 17, 2014 Mr. Gray
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    I'm going tonight... right now I'll rate it a 79, by the trailer and lead up.. hopefully it's better on screen.


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