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Assault on Precinct 13 Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 18, 2014
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Carpenter stages the action expertly, always getting maximum impact from the moments when Precinct 13 explodes into violence.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

November 12, 2013
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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 Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 12, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A ballsy, exciting genre mash-up that still entertains and excites.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 3, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This early Carpenter movie still holds up as one of the director's best works.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2011


A fast, dark, relentlessly maintained thriller that still ranks among the best of the decade.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 25, 2011
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Hopelessly violent but exceedingly well made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 25, 2011
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Assault on Precint 13's powerful exercise in nothing short of one for the ages.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A+

April 5, 2008
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Full Review

March 24, 2007
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Claustrophobic classic by Carpenter still grabs.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 27, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Assault on Precinct 13 is one of Carpenter's best, an ultra-gritty cop story.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2006

Time Out
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One of the most effective exploitation movies of the decade.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2005
David Sanjek

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

July 29, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

As formally compact and rigorously efficient as anything the genre filmmaker ever made.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

June 22, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2005
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 24, 2005
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