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John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Reviews

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Clint Morris
Film Threat
July 11, 2003
Sequels have reached an all-time low
| Original Score: 2/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Violent, semi-spoofy action sequel is too dark for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A hilariously unstable film and the latest apocalyptic vision to work on our nerves like a torturer extracting a confession -- or a dentist extracting a tooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 3, 2010
...for all its commotion, the movie never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Dragan Antulov
February 13, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
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
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
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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
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
July 6, 2003
Self-conscious sequel is a wipe-out.
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 9, 2003
Less a sequel than a really crappy remake!
| Original Score: 1/5
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Esther Iverem
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Tries but fails to be an action-hero flick or even a parody of one.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Although the script, written by Carpenter, Russell and Debra Hill, strains to keep tongue embedded in cheek, too often it reads exactly like the kind of violent, idiotic action pictures it seeks to mock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Edward Margulies
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.
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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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 5, 2002
The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame.
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
A tiresome exercise in pyrotechnics and cheap blue screen effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Michael Dequina
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
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