- Awesome Music: Leonard Rosenman's score is often held up as one of the film's main saving graces, and it helps that it's far more melodic than the harsh, dissonant score he came up with for Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The rather pathetic-looking, cobbled-together vehicles that the mutant human army use in their attack on the apes' settlement, now are like the notorious "technicals" which plague warzones in North Africa, Somalia, and the Middle East.
- Moral Event Horizon: For the apes, Aldo killing Cornelius is seen as this. Only Caesar seems particularly upset after Aldo dies, since his killing of him violates Ape Shall Never Kill Ape.
- Sequelitis: Widely agreed to be not only the worst of the original five Planet of the Apes movies, but the worst Apes movie period (aside from possibly the 2001 remake). The main reasons for this are the budget being slashed to the point where everything looks incredibly cheap, and the writing clearly being pitched to a much younger audience than in the previous films (both of which may be signs that the film was being used as a trial run for the then-upcoming Apes TV series).
YMMV / Battle for the Planet of the Apes