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Escape from New York Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
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.
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.
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 11, 2006
Com exceção de seu interessante anti-herói, é um filme medíocre: pouco imaginativo, com cenas de ação frouxas e uma trilha amadora (marca registrada de Carpenter), é um daqueles exemplos de longas que se tornam cult sabe-se lá por quê.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 22, 2004
Reagen-era horseshit.
| Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them.
J.C. Maçek III
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Cult classic that earns its status.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
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+
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 2, 2016
A marriage of character, actor, and writer/director of the first order.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Its influence cannot be understated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 30, 2007
This almost forgotten film reveals a near-visionary workmanship, a low-budget film heavy on atmosphere and playful of character.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 17, 2015
A one of a kind apocalyptic epic that has yet to be rivaled in action and storytelling quality.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
June 5, 2007
A solidly satisfying actioner.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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