Escape Room

Critics Consensus

Escape Room fails to unlock much of the potential in its premise, but what's left is still tense and thrilling enough to offer a passing diversion for suspense fans.

49%

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Total Count: 145

52%

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User Ratings: 1,889
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Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

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Critic Reviews for Escape Room

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  • Escape Room is not anything to get terribly excited about. But where suspense is concerned, the premise works: even when the trajectory of the story is easy to predict, there's no knowing what may be hidden behind any specific locked door.

    Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There is some enthusiasm on display at the outset...but the film, possibly prefiguring the response of any rational audience, is soon enervated by its own tiresome premise.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Nifty, nasty high-concept horror, with dabs of Saw and Final Destination.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A welcome addition to the small subgenre of horror films where people don't act stupidly under extreme duress.

    Jan 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Hughes

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A cutthroat little thriller that's surely more fun than most of the riddle-solving lock-ins currently springing up around the country.

    Jan 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • During the final half hour, everything that's compelling about this low-budget thriller collapses in a miasma of idiocy.

    Jan 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Escape Room

  • May 07, 2019
    As a fan of the real escape rooms I was somewhat interested in the premise and - the pointless in medias res beginning aside - the actual set-up isn't bad. The characters mostly stay flat though and there are hardly any riddles to solve, only the upside down room is actually fun. And so things go as you'd expect, one victim per problem, and the ending borrows from the usual suspects like Hostel. Wasted opportunity that tries too hard to build a franchise while being not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2019
    Could have been a clever thriller but this is marketed to the incorrect crowd, it worked though, considering its success. The storyline needed development and the characters are full of exposition. I liked parts of the story and the overall ending is fun, but the filmmakers try way too much. A sequel might course correct the series. I thought this would be guilty fun and it is to a certain extent, but it didn't hold a lot of story to build on. The sequel doesn't have to tread over the pitfalls of the first and I believe it will improve the concept and storyline. 18/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2019
    Anyone who has ever seen Cube or Saw will quickly notice how unoriginal, derivative and plain dumb this movie is - only adapted to the modern "escape games" fever but barely managing to be fun with a series of lame traps and silly revelations that don't really matter.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Though I haven't seen Vincenzo Natali's 1997 film, Cube, I have seen about thirty-two Saw movies and, in all honesty, could take or leave a PG-13 version of those movies that decided to utilize that same premise while also capitalizing on the recent fad of going with your friends to an "escape room" and seeing if you can figure out the clues in enough time to, well...escape. It's a nice little riff writer/director Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key) has come up with, sure, but he's essentially re-contextualized that aforementioned Natali picture for modern audiences as the synopsis for Cube is surprisingly accurate for Robitel's Escape Room. "Six complete strangers of widely varying personality types are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps." Change that "involuntarily" to "voluntarily" and you have yourself a whole new movie. Despite the glaring similarities between itself and a number of other subgenre peers though, Escape Room still manages to make itself feel fresh in ways that emphasize the journey rather than leave it all up to the destination. Escape Room doesn't necessarily improve upon any of these well-worn tropes, but it isn't a completely wasteful take on the premise either; it doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it re-designs it to the extent a wheel can be re-designed. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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