John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. Reviews

September 7, 2011
October 24, 2002
Enjoyable in a playful way
July 5, 2002
The special effects vary from OK to lame to very lame.
June 18, 2002
Dark, percussive and perversely fun.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Tries but fails to be an action-hero flick or even a parody of one.
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.
January 1, 2000
A poetic pulp movie made with joy.
January 1, 2000
As amusing as some of its notions may be, none are developed into sustained running jokes.
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.
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie Independence Day could have been if it hadn't played it safe.
January 1, 2000
A significant improvement over the first Snake Plisskin adventure.
August 9, 1996