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Escape from New York Reviews

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July 10, 2017
It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted.
April 21, 2017
Maybe it's not John Carpenter's best film, but it's one of his most fun and the premise is irresistible: in the future, Manhattan has been turned into a high security island prison and Liberty Island is the guard station.
January 25, 2017
Power corrupts. Truth is the antidote. And if the masters of the universe don't like that, it only takes one nasty bastard in the right place at the right time to correct them. The eyepatch is optional.
January 2, 2016
A marriage of character, actor, and writer/director of the first order.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
June 17, 2015
A one of a kind apocalyptic epic that has yet to be rivaled in action and storytelling quality.
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
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
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
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
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+
September 14, 2010
Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
July 30, 2007
Its influence cannot be understated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 30, 2007
This almost forgotten film reveals a near-visionary workmanship, a low-budget film heavy on atmosphere and playful of character.
June 5, 2007
It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them.
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
June 5, 2007
A solidly satisfying actioner.
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