Parents' Guide to

War for the Planet of the Apes

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart, emotional, violent sequel has resonant ideas.

Movie PG-13 2017 140 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 12+

Enjoyable for all age's.

Relatable characters with understandable motives.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 12+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17):
Kids say (51):

Director Matt Reeves follows the excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with this even more complex, darker, smarter sequel, which seems destined to resonate longer than a typical popcorn movie. War for the Planet of the Apes is thrilling, expertly made, and packs an emotional punch, especially thanks to canny motion-capture performances by Serkis and Zahn and a thrillingly layered human performance by Harrelson.

Skipping shaky-cam footage and lazy editing, Reeves' direction is razor-sharp, swift, and clear, even if it reverts to its true status as a popcorn movie every so often by lifting bits and pieces from Apocalypse Now and Star Wars. War for the Planet of the Apes wrestles with issues of slavery and war and their roots in fear, but it does so in a way that lets viewers reach their own conclusions. Its greatest trick is that it effectively places the audience's sympathies with the non-human characters, turning a light on the fatal flaws and destructive demeanors of humans. Even as viewers are exhilarated, they'll also find that the movie's substance sticks with them for awhile.

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