Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "They’ve done it again! Filmmakers in Hollywood have successfully managed to tell a story around a character that is rendered with computer effects. The last time I’ve felt this attached to a computer animated character was in District 9 and while I still think District 9 is an overall better film than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I still think Apes is a mighty fine spectacle. The combination of the phenomenal Andy Serkis and WETA Digital result in a great summer blockbuster that is both smart and entertaining. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an achievement for WETA and an achievement for Fox and their long running Apes franchise. In a world of sequels and reboots Rise of the Planet of the Apes feels very fresh and relevant."