Critical response to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is 80% wowser, over-the-moon, delirious and ecstatic. The general tone isn’t “yeah, pretty good film, worth seeing” but “this is really an exception…summer’s best popcorn flick…Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination…much better than expected,” etc. And about 20% of the critical community just can’t seem to get it. Not in a somewhat or mostly negative way, but sharply, at times harshly…right into the trash bin. I haven’t read a single half-and-halfer except for Peter Debruge‘s Variety review.
Here’s a Vulture summary of Oscar nomination shout-outs for Serkis.