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The Great Escape Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2008
The title also suits the film's ultimate aim to be a great escape film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men.
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
April 23, 2014
Even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
Were it to be remade today, the Nazis would be more evil, the heroes less interesting and the movie a great deal louder.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
An exceptional story about teamwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
It's all right there in the title: it's an escape and it's great!
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 16, 2003
How can you hear that theme song and not want to watch it all over again?
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 16, 2011
A consummate work of nuts 'n bolts filmmaking devoted to the single end of creating something that is compulsively, endlessly watchable and re-watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
October 1, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 24, 2004
With its luxurious three hours, the film deliberately details all the ins and outs, the successes and pitfalls of the plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 22, 2013
While it's a definite classic in the Steve McQueen gallery, it's also a masterpiece of the action genre...
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Producer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs.
Eric Melin
May 23, 2013
Each group of characters get their own riveting planning sequences, all skillfully told. This is one "heist" film where knowing the details of how the escape is supposed to go down before it happens only strengthens the suspense further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Worth seeing the last half hour, if nothing else, for one of the best stunt sequences in years: McQueen's motor-cycle bid for freedom.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Erik Childress
August 22, 2002
One of the great adventure films of all time
| Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 9, 2004
...when the term blockbuster too often suggests digital special effects or a place to rent movies, The Great Escape reminds us of the true meaning of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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