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John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Violent, semi-spoofy action sequel is too dark for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 3, 2010
...for all its commotion, the movie never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Escape from L.A. finds Carpenter in a playful mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2007
In a summer filled with giant duds like Independence Day or The Rock or Chain Reaction, this is the best testosterone action flick of the season.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
A dreadful belated sequel to the entertaining Escape From New York. Perfectly epitomizes how Carpenter's skills have eroded since his late '70s, early '80s heyday.
| Original Score: 2/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 11, 2004
Diverting for the 100 minutes it runs, but once they're up, it is instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 3, 2004
A deliciously campy send-up of everything we love to hate about the Left Coast and the entertainment biz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint Morris
Film Threat
July 11, 2003
Sequels have reached an all-time low
| Original Score: 2/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
July 6, 2003
Self-conscious sequel is a wipe-out.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
April 16, 2003
I don't think most people gave ESCAPE FROM L.A. enough credit when it first came out ... Every bit as cheesy as I remember - but also a lot more fun!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
Less a sequel than a really crappy remake!
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 24, 2002
Enjoyable in a playful way
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 5, 2002
The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Dark, percussive and perversely fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
June 10, 2002
That noise you hear isn't an explosion; it's the sound of a great science fiction opportunity, being blown sky-high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christopher Harris
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Escape from L.A. is too preposterous to be a good film. But in keeping with its title, it does provide a couple of hours of entertaining escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Margulies
Movieline
November 6, 2001
Like Texasville, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, King Kong Lives and The Evening Star, Escape From L.A. stands tall as a shining beacon of Bad Moviedom.
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
November 2, 2001
Here and there a moments of wit shines through ... but for the most part the formulaic, auto-pilot nature of the enteprise leaves one wishing Carpenter and Russell had said 'never again' after Escape from New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Buscemi, Fonda, Robertson, Grier and many others get to make vivid impressions, but of course it's Russell who must carry this swiftly paced picture. As rugged as ever and attractively weathered, he does so with ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As amusing as some of its notions may be, none are developed into sustained running jokes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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