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Escape from New York Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 2, 2016
A marriage of character, actor, and writer/director of the first order.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 7, 2015
The pic functions well as both a prison escape drama and as an escapist film. It's far from a great film, but is entertaining and pleasantly cynical despite being so bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 17, 2015
A one of a kind apocalyptic epic that has yet to be rivaled in action and storytelling quality.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 15, 2015
Snake is Carpenter's fantasy alter ego, a man of uncompromised anti-authoritarianism. 'I don't give a f--- about your war, or your President,' Snake tells the police commissioner, voicing a sentiment that was hardly unusual during Carpenter's USC days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
J.C. Maçek III
PopMatters
April 17, 2015
The genius of John Carpenter includes his subtlety in composition. The man has always known that the best special effects are invisible and never detract from the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 23, 2013
The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
July 17, 2013
Most of the images are elaborate confections of urban blight, etched against a nearly unlit soundstage, and the sound mix, until the finale, is rarely louder than Snake's elbow busting out an old windowpane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 14, 2011
Has a surprisingly measured pace, its set pieces choreographed with a deliberateness at odds with the frantic nature of Snake's quest.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 11, 2010
an enthralling, if sometimes inadvertently cheesy adventure yarn, an intriguing window into the fears and anxieties of the early Reagan years, and a film-lover's cavalcade of genre mash-up
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 11, 2010
New York is the ghost town and Van Cleef the corrupt sheriff in Escape from New York's thinly disguised postmodern Western, with ex-soldier Russell as the anti-establishment hero who won't cotton to anyone's code but his own. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
November 4, 2008
viewing the film today is akin to having one's sense of youthful nostalgia violated. ...the terrible dialogue, patchy pacing and silly costumes, so easily overlooked during one's wild-eyed teen years, now seem so much more obvious and distracting.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Its influence cannot be understated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
This almost forgotten film reveals a near-visionary workmanship, a low-budget film heavy on atmosphere and playful of character.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 5, 2007
A generally gripping actioner, the film can also be read as a percipient satire of a society irreparably split along lines of class and race.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 5, 2007
A solidly satisfying actioner.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 11, 2006
Com exceção de seu interessante anti-herói, é um filme medíocre: pouco imaginativo, com cenas de ação frouxas e uma trilha amadora (marca registrada de Carpenter), é um daqueles exemplos de longas que se tornam cult sabe-se lá por quê.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The plot gradually winds down into predictable though highly enoyable histrionics.
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
Boasting one of the most iconic characters ever in Plissken, and an effective sci-fi set-up, this is entertainment of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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