Assault on Precinct 13 Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Perhaps Carpenter's best film next to The Thing, this is a model of low-budget filmmaking, with a tight script, appropriately tight-lipped actors and atmospheric location shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 12, 2013
Carpenter stages the action expertly, always getting maximum impact from the moments when Precinct 13 explodes into violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
November 12, 2013
In Assault On Precinct 13, hell is an abandoned police station in Los Angeles and the only means of survival is cooperation across racial, class, and legal lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 3, 2013
A ballsy, exciting genre mash-up that still entertains and excites.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 25, 2011
This early Carpenter movie still holds up as one of the director's best works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
May 25, 2011
A fast, dark, relentlessly maintained thriller that still ranks among the best of the decade.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 25, 2011
Hopelessly violent but exceedingly well made.
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
Novelty of a gang swearing a blood oath to destroy a precinct station and all inside is sufficiently compelling for the gory-minded to assure acceptance.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 5, 2008
Assault on Precint 13's powerful exercise in democracy...is nothing short of one for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 24, 2007
While the Carpenter 1976 cult classic feasted off the blaxploitation and horror thriller mania of the movie moment back then, French director Richet gets more into character depth, and greater moral ambiguity fueling the social contradictions now.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
July 27, 2006
Claustrophobic classic by Carpenter still grabs.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Assault on Precinct 13 is one of Carpenter's best, an ultra-gritty cop story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
One of the most effective exploitation movies of the decade.
David Sanjek
PopMatters
July 29, 2005
Carpenter had little time or money to meander off the point, so it possesses an expositional leanness that would not stand the loss or a single scene.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 22, 2005
As formally compact and rigorously efficient as anything the genre filmmaker ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Mr. Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director whose ability to construct films entirely out of action and movement suggests that he may one day be a director to rank with Don Siegel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 4, 2005
Uma idéia simples que gerou um filme tenso e envolvente graças à direção eficiente de Carpenter e de seu roteiro repleto de diálogos irreverentes e memoráveis.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
January 24, 2005
Like Night of the Living Dead', it offers a protagonist who is black, a morality that is grey, and social commentary in the guise of horror.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
January 5, 2004
Assault on Precinct 13 is derived from the '70s popular crime genre, largely composed of borrowed pieces, each polished and radiant.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 7, 2003
...there's no mistaking the modern racial and sexual politics encoded in the distinctly western elements of Carpenter's lean, mean, genre-defying masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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