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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The plot gradually winds down into predictable though highly enoyable histrionics."
‑ , Time Out
"Most of the images are elaborate confections of urban blight, etched against a nearly unlit soundstage, and the sound mix, until the finale, is rarely louder than Snake's elbow busting out an old windowpane."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"an enthralling, if sometimes inadvertently cheesy adventure yarn, an intriguing window into the fears and anxieties of the early Reagan years, and a film-lover's cavalcade of genre mash-up"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Its influence cannot be understated."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a rare film that has so many ideas and yet fails so consistently to make use of them."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Has a surprisingly measured pace, its set pieces choreographed with a deliberateness at odds with the frantic nature of Snake's quest."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"New York is the ghost town and Van Cleef the corrupt sheriff in Escape from New York's thinly disguised postmodern Western, with ex-soldier Russell as the anti-establishment hero who won't cotton to anyone's code but his own. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This almost forgotten film reveals a near-visionary workmanship, a low-budget film heavy on atmosphere and playful of character."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A solidly satisfying actioner."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"When the final credits roll, you can be forgiven a vague sense of dissatisfaction, because the creativity that went into formulating the premise was never extended to the script writing stage."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Extremely dark '80s sci-fi classic is too intense for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"viewing the film today is akin to having one's sense of youthful nostalgia violated. ...the terrible dialogue, patchy pacing and silly costumes, so easily overlooked during one's wild-eyed teen years, now seem so much more obvious and distracting."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A generally gripping actioner, the film can also be read as a percipient satire of a society irreparably split along lines of class and race."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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