Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes

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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.... (Full plot summary below)

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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

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Empire - 10/10 by Andrew CollinsA film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
The A.V. Club - 10/10 by Keith PhippsIts social conscience and deep concern with what it means to be human remains unspoiled.
The New Yorker - 10/10 by Pauline KaelPlanet of the Apes is that rare film that will transcend all age and social groupings.
Slant Magazine - 9/10 by Bill WeberPlanet of the Apes became a blockbuster because it’s cannily crafted, in part, as a ripping adventure yarn, director Franklin Schaffner staging a long desert trek for survival by Taylor and his two surviving shipmates in the opening half-hour, a brilliant “hunt” sequence with gorillas pursuing the human brutes as targets and trophies (memorably enhanced by Jerry Goldsmith’s dissonant, percussive score), and a lengthy chase sequence where the escaped spaceman leaps and dodges past hairy denizens of church, museum, and marketplace.
ReelViews - 8/10 by James BerardinelliOne of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic. Yet, although little more than a socially conscious, well executed science fiction adventure film, Planet of the Apes arrived in theaters at just the right time to capture the country's imagination.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger EbertPlanet of the Apes is much better than I expected it to be. It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way. If you only condescend to see an adventure thriller on rare occasions, condescend this time. You have nothing to lower but your brow.
The Guardian - 6/10 by Richard RoudA promising idea, and yet ultimately too cute: it is a one-to-one allegory, and this much of the film is spent exploring this not very rewarding vein.
The New York Times - 5/10 by Renata AdlerIt is no good at all, but fun, at moments, to watch.
Chicago Reader - 3/10 by Pat GrahamDismal SF deep think that gave birth to an equally dismal string of sequels and TV spin-offs.
User Review - 10/10 by ItsAllOgre5An immortal classic. It might be a little slow to start, but it has excellent pacing and acting. I'm also extremely impressed by how much the actors were able to express under all that excellent make-up. The characters are all very well done; you really get a feel for Taylor's desperation at the beginning, being chased around and locked up. He doesn't want to e treated like a wild animal, but then when he has control, you feel his sheer confidence, like when he holds a certain character hostage. This movie also tackles prejudice in a smart way, since the apes do not just blindly hate humans, but they want to retrain humans for their history of warfare and violence. Then you have Zira who wants to better understand the humans while still exercising caution. The characters behave realistically. Planet of the Apes is just a timeless movie.

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