Lockout (Unrated) Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
April 23, 2012
At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
It's clichéd, ridiculous, and very entertaining.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 13, 2012
The tag-team of filmmakers seems to have only two ideas - having stupendously ugly characters shove their mugs into the camera, or staging action sequences so dizzily you have no idea what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 13, 2012
Does a fine job of continually coming up with obstacle after obstacle for our two leads to dodge - not the least of which happens to be good, old-fashioned logic.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 13, 2012
"Lockout" is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 13, 2012
It's the kind of movie where someone tumbling in space above the earth's atmosphere opens a parachute and lands gently on earth without even gasping for a breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 13, 2012
It does a splendid job of putting the pale into imitation and draining the life out of derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 13, 2012
There's cheap, and then there's this rip-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
Most of the time "Lockout" is pleasant enough, not something to recommend to a friend, but enjoyable in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012
Mostly "Lockout" is lost in space.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 12, 2012
A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 12, 2012
"Lockout"...is...as dopey an entertainment as imaginable, but it's also a reminder that the film's star, Guy Pearce, has always had great screen magnetism, to which he has now added a bedrock of muscle. Also: he can act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 12, 2012
If he's poking fun at the genre, Besson has a way to go, thanks to the distractions of a muddled story and silly ending that defies physics and all the laws of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
First-time writer-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger have put some thought into all of this - always a bonus in a no-brakes thriller, especially one of Besson's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 12, 2012
"Lockout" never busts out of its cheesy concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2012
Lockout is genre all the way. The film wears its colors proudly, but it also, alas, wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2012
The editing by Eamonn Power and Camille Delamarre appears to have been handled while running from one gate to another in an airport somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 12, 2012
I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 12, 2012
Pearce gets into his groove swiftly, owns it and remains entertaining. The rest of the movie, however, would work better as a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 12, 2012
Too serious to be a parody and too stupid to be a viable action pic, Lockout floats like space junk in the final frontier.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 12, 2012
More than any masculine heroics, Pearce's primary job is maintaining the tone: smug, irreverent, and giddily punch-drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 12, 2012
Snow is an overwritten hero who talks like a sitcom character. Every line is a wisecrack, a gag, or what he fondly thinks of as a witticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 11, 2012
Yes, it's cheesy and derivative. But Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace elevate the material, and it never takes itself seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2012
Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
April 11, 2012
Cavalierly conceived, generically titled and derivatively plotted. It feels like a missed chance because Pearce and Grace came ready to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Lockout is the kind of manly nonsense no one wants to make anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
The committee product of newbie directors James Mather, Stephen St. Leger, and producer Luc Besson, Lockout is, not unexpectedly, a potluck of derivative references.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 10, 2012
Witty one-liners compensate for cliched plotting and cheesy effects in this sci-fi action thriller.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 10, 2012
Lockout is a largely half-hearted effort in which some of the major set pieces are so indifferently executed that they literally look exactly like sequences out of video games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 9, 2012
At a certain point, the pic's unpretentious B-movie style, like its generic and uninformative title, seems to indicate a simple lack of ambition.