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.

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User Ratings: 2,057
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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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  • 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
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  • 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

  • Jul 08, 2019
    If you've ever been looking for a PG-13 Saw movie, then Escape Room might just be the film for you. It follows a group of strangers who have been invited to a next-level escape room, one of those group challenges where people work as a team to solve a series of puzzles to "escape" from a locked room with a variety of dangers. The movie version kicks things up by making the Escape Room essentially Cube, filled with a series of elaborate death traps that pick off our characters outlandish room by outlandish room. The enjoyment of the movie is the curiosity of the rooms and the various challenges. The production design is inventive and impressive for its minor budget. The puzzles aren't exactly things that an audience can solve in the moment. They mostly involve clues that won't make sense because we can't explore the room, so it's just waiting for characters to solve things and make connections. The fun doesn't come from the puzzles but more what the rooms will do next. The assorted characters have a personal connection that is flimsy and leads to a late reveal of who is responsible for this wicked game. The movie is fun as you're watching it as long as you accept that little will make sense. Once it extends beyond the rooms and tries building a mythology and a conspiracy behind the rooms, that's where Escape Room starts to fall apart. It's a relatively minor but enjoyable thriller that lives in the moment and, in the future, should find more time to spend in the rooms and the crazy challenges. Much like The Maze Runner, once the characters are outside the maze, I just don't care. It works enough that I wouldn't mind more, if the filmmakers get their priorities right. Nate's Grade: B-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2019
    Escape Room feels like watching part 3 or 4 of a franchise where everyone starts noting the formula and idea has lost its edge. The idea is interesting and there's some clever twists and turns. This is really a more PG version of Saw with no moral compass. Ultimately, the movie went too big out of the gate. The story was way too elbaorte and far too much was revealed about the orchestrators of this torture world. Saw was brilliant because of what it pulled off in a single room. Escape Room fast forwards past the opening introductions to a good premise into the overblown attempts to keep it relevant. A pity, because it will very much limit future sequels, perhaps they could go with prequels to a simpler time and less intricate traps. The actors did a reasonable job in their setting, rising above mere fodder for the machine. The sound track added to the film and the visuals were enjoyable rather than distracting. Overall a neat premise but really held back by missteps in scope and over explanation. Audiences do not need much why with this type of premise, it's all in the how.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2019
    I think this is about the third escape room based horror movie I've seen, and I'm preeeeeeetty sure it's the best one?
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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