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Escape from New York Reviews

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John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 22, 2004
Reagen-era horseshit.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jardine
July 2, 2004
Vicious scenes are often juxtaposed with comic sequences in a tap dance of contrasting tones that is both bizarre and grandly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 8, 2004
You can't think too much about any of the details of the story because it is, after all, a comic-book adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2004
Escape from New York moves swiftly and succeeds as taut drama.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 23, 2003
Russell's iconic character is so enjoyable to watch that it's a shame his only other screen appearance was in the dim-witted sequel Escape from L.A.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 16, 2003
The oppressive power of Carpenter's Scope framing is matched only by his ability to speak to contemporary affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 9, 2003
Though it's not the best movie to emerge from the Carpenter/Russell partnership (that remains The Thing), it's an awfully close second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
November 19, 2003
I love this movie, yet I'm not sure if I respect it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
September 1, 2003
John Carpenter imaginatively [sketches his] high concept premise in this cult classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
July 6, 2003
Great B-movie fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
April 16, 2003
[Russell] channels Eastwood with a low, gruff voice and snide offhand remarks ... Snake Plissken is the kind of hero you can get behind
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Kurt Russell creates the most unforgettable role of his career: the criminal/hero Snake Plissken.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
John Carpenter's apocalyptic thriller has aged remarkably well; its vision of Manhattan as a giant maximum security prison anticipates better-known dystopias like Blade Runner and Brazil.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide
October 18, 2002
This isn't a brazenly colourful futuristic landscape but a grimy portrait of a city not far from the down-and-dirty real New York of the late '70s and early '80s.
| Original Score: 71/100
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 4, 2002
Gloriously cheesy post-apocalyptic fun with Kurt Russell at his grizzled best.
| Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 9, 2001
I remember it being a lot better than it actually is. So if you have fond memories of a long-ago viewing of EFNY, I'd suggest not ruining them by revisiting the film again.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
When the final credits roll, you can be forgiven a vague sense of dissatisfaction, because the creativity that went into formulating the premise was never extended to the script writing stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Overall the effects and sets are quite realistic and director Carpenter keeps the whole stew boiling to make a rather enjoyable dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Cult classic that earns its status.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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