Assault on Precinct 13 Reviews

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Top Critic
June 24, 2006
At its best, though, this is witty, tense and bloody: a homage that Carpenter might appreciate.
July 5, 2005
Fishburne even manages to make crass violence witty.
May 20, 2005
It's good for a silly laugh, this stuff. And maybe this movie will draw renewed attention to Carpenter's eminently better movie.
January 25, 2005
Richet introduces new twists and simmering character drama while avoiding pretensions to conserve the ferocity of the 1976 original.
January 25, 2005
This meat-and-potatoes dish of moviemaking is sufficiently tasty to satisfy auds hungry for old-fashioned rock-the-house action.
January 24, 2005
A great deal of thought may have gone into the making of Assault on Precinct 13, but its tone and its rhythms are consistently out of whack.
January 24, 2005
An assault to your intelligence, and an assault on your ears and eyes.
January 23, 2005
It's a good old-fashioned shoot-'em-up with a few nice twists and some very good acting.
January 23, 2005
My preference for the remake over the original has more to do with its harsh representation of contemporary state corruption and its unsentimental ethical distinctions than with its success as a thriller.
January 21, 2005
Restores thirteen to its place as the unluckiest number.
January 20, 2005
James De Monaco's strenuously hipster script reaches for black comedy but never comes close.
January 19, 2005
The film has an appropriately dark and gritty look, but it suffers from some glaring problems.
January 19, 2005
Don't avoid the new Assault on Precinct 13 because it's a remake. There are plenty of other reasons.
January 19, 2005
You've got to smile at a movie that puts two key female characters in high heels and skimpy dresses and brazenly insists that it makes perfect sense that they be dressed that way for a shootout in the middle of a snowstorm.
January 19, 2005
Breaks the first and only commandment of remakes: Thou shall at the very least do justice to the original, or thou shall not be made at all.
January 19, 2005
Fans should appreciate the remake for what it is: a breathless little revisit to that old precinct house, expertly performed.
January 19, 2005
Matches a dingy urban setting with a compelling situation and throws in an ensemble of interesting characters who become even more interesting under stress.
January 19, 2005
A studiously cheesy remake of John Carpenter's 1976 cult fave shoot-'em-up.
January 19, 2005
Just duck, shoot or be shot, a bloody race to see who can be the last man standing, and maybe manage a wisecrack or two.
January 19, 2005
Making a B-movie out of an old A-movie -- which is what Carpenter did -- is smart and fun. Making an A-movie out of an old B-movie -- which is what director Jean-Francois Richet tries to do here -- is just sort of silly.
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