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John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
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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
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A significant improvement over the first Snake Plisskin adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
John Carpenter's vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A poetic pulp movie made with joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Intermittently clever ideas are rarely executed to full effect, but the film moves reasonably well on its way to surround-sound pyrotechnics amid a climactic aerial attack.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie Independence Day could have been if it hadn't played it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: C+