Escape from L.A. Reviews

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Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A tiresome exercise in pyrotechnics and cheap blue screen effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A poetic pulp movie made with joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Although the script, written by Carpenter, Russell and Debra Hill, strains to keep tongue embedded in cheek, too often it reads exactly like the kind of violent, idiotic action pictures it seeks to mock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Viciously funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Don't expect to be dazzled or surprised by Escape From L.A. ...but you should have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Not exactly the movie that would rescue John Carpenter's sagging career, but it makes for an entertaining Saturday matinee show nonetheless.
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
John Carpenter's vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Loud, rollicking, alternately ultra-violent and hilarious, Escape from L.A. is Snake redux, and what more do you need, really?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Carpenter's best work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Intermittently clever ideas are rarely executed to full effect, but the film moves reasonably well on its way to surround-sound pyrotechnics amid a climactic aerial attack.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
This is the pinnacle of sardonic, stupid fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie Independence Day could have been if it hadn't played it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As amusing as some of its notions may be, none are developed into sustained running jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Esther Iverem
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Tries but fails to be an action-hero flick or even a parody of one.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A hilariously unstable film and the latest apocalyptic vision to work on our nerves like a torturer extracting a confession -- or a dentist extracting a tooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A significant improvement over the first Snake Plisskin adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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