Escape from New York Reviews

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November 19, 2018
1997 is the year in which the film's events are set, but far from being a bright, progressive future, it is a hyperbolic deterioration of 1981's here and now
October 25, 2018
The film plays its social satire broad but strings it along a rail of self-awareness.
July 10, 2017
It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted.
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.
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 solidly satisfying actioner.
April 28, 2019
In a time when New York may well have been at its most dangerous, or at least most volatile, John Carpenter came through with a nihilist vision of the city.
March 1, 2019
Escape From New York fires on every cylinder. It has a killer concept, iconic characters, legendary art design and musical score...
November 4, 2018
When you look at how action cinema developed over the 1980s, it's now clear to see that Escape From New York is one of the films which established the template for the muscular action hero.
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2015
An occasionally inconsistent visual transfer notwithstanding, this is easily the best home-video release to date of John Carpenter's sci-fi spectacle, with a near-perfect audio track and enough extras to satisfy any diehard.
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.
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.
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.
September 14, 2010
Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.
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