The Escapist Reviews

November 17, 2011
July 8, 2009
I hate criticising someone for ambition but The Escapist is a victory of ambition over dramatic achievement.
April 6, 2009
The movie was written specifically for Brian Cox, and it's a great fit.
April 6, 2009
This is down and dirty and raw.
April 3, 2009
The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.
April 3, 2009
Too much of this movie about prison feels only like a movie about prison, with actors posing and directors getting poetic.
April 3, 2009
Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.
Top Critic
April 1, 2009
The prison escape movie -- a tired genre -- gets some fresh energy in The Escapist, a compelling, carefully written and totally gripping film from the U.K. that is acted with naturalism and conviction by a smashing cast.
April 1, 2009
A taut thriller that ends on a note of unexpected grace, the British prison drama The Escapist marks the impressive feature debut for director/co-writer Rupert Wyatt.
October 18, 2008
About as plausible as platform 9 3/4 for the Hogwarts Express.
January 24, 2008
[Star Brian] Cox calmly registers ranges of steely determination, fatherly care and regret-filled sadness with great authority.
January 23, 2008
All of this mayhem keeps us watching, but it would be hard to describe the experience as pleasurable.
January 21, 2008